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bonsaikc

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Old "young" pine
« on: March 17, 2011, 03:46 PM »
I've had this pine since before I met Boon, or B.B.  ;D

It's moved forward through the years and then stagnated after the move to Pavement Ends. Its problems are many but the worst is how leggy the lower branches are. I've started working on the tree to get it to bud inside, and I may do some more branch grafting in the future. This is the tree I used in my grafting article.

 

bonsaikc

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Re: Old "young" pine
« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2011, 03:48 PM »
This one has gotten strong on top at the expense of the lower branches, which are leggy and weak. Most of them were there when I bought the tree, and now it's time to strengthen the tree and make it more compact. I wired the tree and will be repotting this spring.
 

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Re: Old "young" pine
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2011, 01:02 AM »
Great looking tree Chris,

Even though this tree was pre-Boon it seems to be a good starting point, from what I can see it has reasonable roots. It also seems quite vigous?

The lower branches do seem a bit leggy, and perhaps some more grafting is in order.

Does the large straight trunk bother you? or are you looking to increase its girth so that this somewhat blends in with the overall 'image' of the tree?

Is a small amount of bending to the right an option?

How tall do you envisage the final tree to be?

Scott.
 

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Re: Old "young" pine
« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2011, 10:48 AM »
Great looking tree Chris,

Even though this tree was pre-Boon it seems to be a good starting point, from what I can see it has reasonable roots. It also seems quite vigous?

Thanks, Scott!

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The lower branches do seem a bit leggy, and perhaps some more grafting is in order.

I'd like to do that as a last resort, but I think I'm going to need to. The bases of the branches about halfway out are probably ten years old, which will limit the amount of adventitious budding available.

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Does the large straight trunk bother you? or are you looking to increase its girth so that this somewhat blends in with the overall 'image' of the tree?
I think this one's girth is what it will be. And yes, it bothers me some but I can live with it.

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Is a small amount of bending to the right an option?
Actually, the trunk is 1 3/4 inches to two inches in diameter, so no, no bending unless Boon has an idea.

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How tall do you envisage the final tree to be?

Scott.
I expect it to be a bit shorter than you see here, once I get the crown developed and lowered. The tree overall is around 15".

Thanks for your good feedback!
 

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Re: Old "young" pine
« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2011, 12:53 AM »
Chris,

So are you pushing candles there at "Pavement Ends?" 
 

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Re: Old "young" pine
« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2011, 05:22 PM »
Sorry I didn't see your response BO. Candles are now pushing, we have had a very cool, very dry, lingering spring, so things are slow to respond, but all the pines are extending candles. This one has responded quite well to the training and repotting, and the candles are mostly quite long. I think it's going to do quite well this year.