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Dirk

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Progression of a small larch
« on: October 31, 2015, 11:27 AM »
I would like to share with you the progression of a small larch that I took out of a forest as a seedling, back in 1997.

The seedling was put in a bonsai container and I waited for years for it to become a bonsai. Of course, it didn’t.

In 2010 it was a long spiny tree, not pleasant to look at and  I could see no future for it.
To do something with it (I don’t dare to call it a plan) I did cut it and planted it in a leaning position. A small branch was wired up to become the new top.
It grew but the result later that summer wasn’t pleasing to look at at all.
Somewhere around that time I realized that plants need to be fed to grow. So from then on my trees got one or two pieces of Biogold a few times a year. (later I have been increasing this)
 

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Re: Progression of a small larch
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2015, 11:29 AM »
Next year it was planted in a small drum style pot and I tried to ad a branch by approach grafting. This failed twice.

In spring 2013 I repotted it into a bigger training pot as I decided to ad a branch by thread grafting. I gave it a year to grow and become healthy.
In 2014 the tree got two grafts, which both took and  grew and thickened fast.

 

Dirk

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Re: Progression of a small larch
« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2015, 11:30 AM »
Spring 2015 the tree was potted up in a great pot made by Horst Heinzlreiter from Austria.
In September the grafts where separated from the donor branch. Last picture is taken a week ago, this fall.

This tree is far from ready yet. But now it’s refining and making it look better each year.
Your comments are appreciated.
 

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Re: Progression of a small larch
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2015, 12:40 AM »
Allmost 400 views and no comments?
Is it really that bad?
 

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Re: Progression of a small larch
« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2015, 02:03 AM »
Hey Dirk

I definitely like what you have done with it.  I do not know Larch or their growth habits but from where you got it till now, great improvement.

Why are the leaves all turning yellow?  Is that just change of season?

Thanks
Dorian
 
 

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Re: Progression of a small larch
« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2015, 08:11 AM »
I feel you Dirk, seems like no one has anything to say here anymore. 

I like your tree, nice that you had such good luck with your grafts.  Show us the tree again when it's naked, it's coming along!
 

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Re: Progression of a small larch
« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2015, 09:48 AM »
Dirk,

You're tree is very nice. I like the pot but not with your Larch, seems a little "busy".

Keep up the great work, thanks for sharing your photos.

Augustine
 

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Re: Progression of a small larch
« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2015, 12:28 AM »
Thanks all for your kind replies.
Really appreciate that.

Thanks also for voting for my tree in the tree of the month competition.
Not easy for a simple guy to complete with a legend like Bill Valavanis!

Dirk
 

Charles Willis

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Re: Progression of a small larch
« Reply #8 on: November 27, 2015, 12:55 PM »
I like the direction you've taken with this. It looks way better. I think it could be improved by simplifying the branching. It looks super busy right now. Cut the branches back and I would reduce the number of main branches. And get rid of that thick branch up high.
 

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Re: Progression of a small larch
« Reply #9 on: November 27, 2015, 02:26 PM »
Thanks Charles,

I'm glad you like it.
I know it's far from 'ready'. But I'm really glad that the big branche in the top, wich was the donorbranche for two threadgrafts is gone by now.
 

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Re: Progression of a small larch
« Reply #10 on: November 27, 2015, 06:21 PM »
Very good progress!--I would be interested to read commentary accompanying each progressive photo. Information like that is very instructive as to your techniques and thoughts and evokes conversation.