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Yenling83

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Re: My next victim... er... Project! Yeah, that's what I meant!
« Reply #90 on: December 05, 2014, 02:01 PM »
Sexy little tree you have going on there, can't wait to see it once it's show ready!  Have you considered playing with the potting angle at all? When looking at the front you have marked, I might consider tilting the viewers right side up just a hair depending on how the nebari looks after doing so.  Although this is definitely not needed, I might like the look of the movement and flow with that adjustment.  Great job with this tree Adair!
 

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« Reply #91 on: December 05, 2014, 02:54 PM »
I guess I should take a picture from the side. This tree will have the apex very much leaning forward towards the viewer, the way the Japanese trees do. It really is beginning to shape up nicely. Once I cut the apex sacrifice off, and remove the other extraneous branches I've let grow unchecked, the tree will send all that energy to the parts of the tree that will be the permanent design.

I'm taking my time with this one.
 

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« Reply #92 on: December 06, 2014, 05:19 AM »
Great tree Adair. I love it.
I do admire how you take the necessary time to develop your tree.
takes a lot of patience (I can tell!)
 

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« Reply #93 on: December 07, 2014, 10:01 AM »
Adair, very nice. In yourclimate the main branches should mature quickly and start to bark up and give it that mature look. I agree with yenling on the tilt.

You are doing well my friend.

John

(Minnie-me says hi and is awaiting your January visit. Or so says the Pine Whisperer.)
 

Adair M

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« Reply #94 on: December 07, 2014, 02:40 PM »
Thanks, John.

The new pot is like the one Godzilla is in. It would be easy to play with the potting angle. The root system on this tree is shallow. I might tilt it up from the right, and back a little. 

I don't know if Minnie-Me is looking forward to my visit so much, but it's really going to be happy to see Diasuku!
 

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« Reply #95 on: December 16, 2015, 12:09 PM »
An update to the progress on this tree:

The appriach graft of the first lower branch may, or may not have taken. It looks to me that it has been pushed out, rather than fused in. The approach graft I placed on the other side of the tree appears to have taken. It's much smaller.

I removed the wire it had back in the summer, and I've just rewired it. Over the past couple years, I've been cutting back some overlong branches, trying to get foliage closer to the trunk. Decandling has created lots of smaller twigs all over. The tree us vigorous, send has back budded well. Those new buds were not decandled to allow them to get strong. So the tree has a mix of long and short needles.

Another technique I've been applying is pruning to get each branch to have a triangle shape (when seen from above).  The branches were mostly fanned out when I got it, so they had a rounded shape. Getting there. They've backbudded well, and soon I'll be able to cut back to the new backbuds.

 

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« Reply #96 on: December 16, 2015, 12:12 PM »
Next spring, it will get a half bare root repot. At that time, it will get a new pot, and a slight angle change:  tilted back and to the left a little.
 

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« Reply #97 on: December 16, 2015, 03:11 PM »
Great tree Adair, and great progression.
Thanks for sharing