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bwaynef

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JBP that needs movement
« on: October 23, 2013, 10:15 PM »
I came across a JBP recently that has a decent amount of "wiggle" in a portion of the trunk, but there isn't an immediately obvious best path forward toward building an apex.  Should I get out the raffia, large gauge wire,  and rebar ...or do you think I could just lop off the trunk above the two lower branches and form an apex out of that.  If the latter, do you think I could lop it off in one go, or should I take a little now and a little later?

Anything I'm missing, feel free to point it out to me.  (Sorry the pictures are crappy.  Only have my cell phone handy.)
« Last Edit: October 23, 2013, 10:21 PM by bwaynef »
 

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Re: JBP that needs movement
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2013, 01:15 PM »
Looks weak.  Get it healthy before you start working on it.  Good soil, and plenty of fertilizer next year.
 

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Re: JBP that needs movement
« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2013, 09:04 AM »
First - like John says

Secondly - the top foliage is more than 60% of the foliage of the entire tree. If you decide to chop it I certainly would not remove it all at one time.

It would be fun to do some bending on this tree but the long bare middle section will still exist. Two grafts could make a nice tree. Nice movement in the lower trunk section.

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Augustine