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Adair M

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« Reply #75 on: May 29, 2014, 08:01 PM »
Here's a photo I took a week or so ago. As you can see, there's a mixed bag of sacrifice branches, approach grafts, runners, and limbs starting ramification.

The ugly "teenager" period!
 

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« Reply #76 on: May 30, 2014, 01:09 AM »
Looks nice and healthy  ;D

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« Reply #77 on: May 30, 2014, 01:31 AM »
It's growing well.  I got some "Poo Ball" fertilizer, adding a couple new ones about twice a week until it's time to decandle, then they all come off.  It gets liquid fish emulsion about once a week, too.  We had an unusually cold and long winter this year, so the candles are about 3 to 4 weeks behind schedule this year.  I'll still decandle around July 4.  For regular sized JBP.  I'll wait two more weeks to do the shohin.

The approach grafts appear to have taken.  I've scraped the bark off on three sides of the stem on the back side of the graft to force the scion to draw from the new union.  I've also wrapped a piece of wire around to further constrict the sap flow.

I will decandle the grafts this year.  I did not decandle the grafts last year.

I'm going to Boon's Intensive next week.  I'll be a decandling fool!
 

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« Reply #78 on: May 30, 2014, 03:57 AM »
Hi Adair :)

I wonder if I could fertilize as often and strong as you do if i have composted bark in my mixture? its extremely free draining.

thanks for updating :)

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« Reply #79 on: May 30, 2014, 08:20 AM »
I start off slowly, adding more fertilizer as the season progresses.

I think you could do the same. The bark just holds more water.  Mine is in Boon Mix, all inorganic.  The Poo Balls dissolve, and spreads out across the surface, and washes down into the soil.

In the Fall, after we do the bud selection and needle plucking, we remove the top 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch of soil, and replace it with new fresh Boon Mix.  For those trees we are not anticipating repotting in the Spring.  This gets rid of a lot of the old broken down fertilizer cakes.  Boon says it's one of the most important things to do to keep bonsai healthy for the long term.  And one step most neglect.

Herman, there's a lady from Narobi who's studied in Japan and making great bonsai.  If you haven't conversed with her, you should.  Her name is Neli.  I think she has posted on this site. 
 

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« Reply #80 on: May 30, 2014, 09:43 AM »
Herman, there's a lady from Narobi who's studied in Japan and making great bonsai.  If you haven't conversed with her, you should.  Her name is Neli.  I think she has posted on this site. 

eish, so not happening, Neli and me do not get along, it gets ugly very quickly...I got to know her when she just started out doing bonsai October 2012. Trust me when I say that I want to spare this forum another feud between me and Neli, she already drove me, my fiance and a few of my friends away from SA bonsai forum, one being a moderator  :( . since then SA bonsai forum tanked because everyone that contributed a lot left or didn't post anymore, so when the software licence expired, the owner of the forum did not deam it worth while to renew the licence.

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« Reply #81 on: May 30, 2014, 11:58 AM »
Oh, sorry Herman, I had no idea.

Never mind!
 

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« Reply #82 on: June 03, 2014, 08:48 AM »
No probz Adair :)

I learn a lot from you!

thanks for all the tips and pointers  :D

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« Reply #83 on: August 23, 2014, 01:37 PM »
Here's a photo of the back of the tree. The lower branches are developing lots of summer candles. As ramification increases, I'll be cutting back to shorten the branches.

Up top, there are still some sacrifice branches. These have long needles.

Over on the left, there is a sacrifice I did decandle because I want to weaken it before I remove it entirely. As you can see, it really back budded!  Lots of energy going there. When its removed, the tree will redirect that energy to the rest if the tree.
 

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« Reply #84 on: August 24, 2014, 05:18 AM »
Is it that overly large branch top left set for removal?

Nice progress... Son of Thunder!

We all learn a lot from you, and it is greatly appreciated.

How bout a blog?

Sorce
 

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« Reply #85 on: August 24, 2014, 05:26 AM »
Adair,

just stopping by to say - thank you very much !!!

Will testing out a few of your ideas.
Good Day
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« Reply #86 on: August 24, 2014, 07:37 AM »
Sorc,

The sacrifice brance is in the process of being removed. Two years ago, I cut a V cut about half way thru it.  Then filled with cut paste. Then last year, cut another half way again. This fall I'll remove it.

The idea is to slowly remove it so 1) healing can begin on the trunk, and 2) the tree can reroute a sap line between the upper part of the tree and the roots directly below the sacrifice branch to prevent dieback on the lower trunk.

The first year, I didn't decandle the sacrifice branch, which was a mistake. I should have. Most of the healing went on the sacrifice branch side of the V. This past year, I did decandle the sacrifice branch, and let another sacrifice branch go on the main trunk, to aid the healing on the trunk side. It's working better.

I also put in an approach graft below the sacrifice branch on the main trunk. The sacrifice branch built a lot of wood, on the outside of a curve, so I thought it may be a good idea to have a new branch there to take its place when it's gone.

I think it's taking, it's shaded by the sacrifice branch, so it's still weak. After the big branch is gone, it will be exposed, so I'll have a better idea. I'll leave it attached to its feeder branch another year.

I still have a couple long whips I've let grow in case I need more approach grafts.   Once I decide I don't need them, and cut them off, it will shape up nicely.

The top sacrifice is ready to go, too.

And, I have a new pot for it.

Big changes to come!
 

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« Reply #87 on: August 24, 2014, 09:28 PM »
Nice!

I look forward to seeing it!

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« Reply #88 on: December 04, 2014, 01:29 PM »
Today, I removed the old sacrifice branch. And cut back on the apex sacrifice. I'll probably finish removing it next summer after I'm sure summer candles are growing after decandling.

I also pulled needles and thinned excess buds (shoots) from last year's decandling. I'm also continuing to "chase back" foliage on the back branch. That is, shorten it. As weak interior buds (shoots) get stronger, I'm cutting back to them. So far, I've shortened that branch about 2 inches.

The new grafted-on main branch is still connected. I'm continuing to weaken the supply line to it by removing bark and cambium behind the graft. I've also applied a tourniquette of copper wire to reduce the nutrient flow. Hopefully this spring or summer   It will be time to cut it loose.

There are still some long untrained branches present. One is in the inside of the main curve on the trunk. I've been letting it stay to 1) soften the curve as it fattens that area, and 2) if I need to approach graft on another branch, I can use it as the scion.

I'm doing the same with another branch coming off the back. But the tree is very vigorous, and appears willing to bud back, so I doubt I'll have to use it.

I removed the wire on the grafted main branch as it was cutting in. I'll leave it be for a week or two, then come back and rewire.

Next steps:  I'll probably repot it into a shallower pot I bought for it in the spring. The current pot is deep, and I actually potted the tree a little deep. The actual nebari is really about 3/4 inch down, so this tree has more trunk buried down in the soil.
 

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« Reply #89 on: December 05, 2014, 04:09 AM »
Great lil feller ;D

Thanks for the update.

A wicked little tree this will be. Great taper.

Sorce