Author Topic: Collecting boxwood  (Read 3544 times)

Chrisl

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Re: Collecting boxwood
« Reply #15 on: May 14, 2012, 11:30 PM »
That is a fantastic find Jim!  Glad to see the new bud sites.  Beautiful trunk and nebari, it'll make a really nice bonsai  ;)
 

Michael T

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Re: Collecting boxwood
« Reply #16 on: May 15, 2012, 08:52 AM »
JIm,

Seems we had similar thoughts.  I was driving by a demolition site of an old office park in Louisville in early March and they were ripping the boxwoods out by chain and truck.  There were at last ten of them.  I picked up six.  Four for the yard and two for bonsai pots.

It was so late at night and I didn't have any grow boxes built so I just hacked them back, washed all the old dirt out and squeezed them in bonsai pots with pure turface.  I've also seen several discussions in which folks state that if you cut back boxwoods past all green grwoth the branch will die.  Well I did that to the one below on virtually every branch.  Literally no live growth, or swollen buds at all.  And I studied the branching closely for three weeks because I read those articles after I cut it back that hard thinking I'd blown it for sure.

I thought even for boxwoods they'd die.

Nope, budding everywhere.  I'm really pleased.   Been meaning to post some updates with better picks, but haven't had the time.  The trunk on this one is about four to five inches across and the branch placement and taper is really nice.  I really think it;'s going to turn out very well.  I have another one of equal size as well responding the same way.

I was struck by how similar in appearance this one is to yours. 
 

Jim Doiron

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Re: Collecting boxwood
« Reply #17 on: May 15, 2012, 09:52 PM »
Thanks for the replies everyone, I'll keep getting pictures as thing progress.

Agreed Michael, I think we posted these within the same week if I remember when I saw yours.  I too was really worried I blew it but thrilled when I saw how profusely this was back budding. I wish I had a pot that would fit this guy but the only thing I had available was a plastic shipping container so that's where he'll be until I can find something big enough or have my wife make something.    Maybe we can put these in a show as bookends once they are ready.   ;D
 

Jim Doiron

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« Reply #18 on: August 06, 2012, 07:13 PM »
So here is an update on this one. Despite some concerns about it not leafing out after being trimmed back so hard it seems to recovered well. I trimmed it lightly once this summer but otherwise left it alone.  Pretty happy with it's recovery.