Author Topic: Cranky palmatum  (Read 5451 times)

Grog

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Cranky palmatum
« on: March 17, 2011, 10:35 PM »
Happy St. Paddy's day!  I got this guy last summer and cut him down about 8" today.  The new leader wired up pretty easily, the first branch was not so obliging and snapped without any warning.  I worked some wood glue in the crack with a toothpick and the wire's not letting it move, hopefully it will heal up. 

It needs repotting but before I do I thought I'd see where to go with the roots.  The rootbase is pretty much comprised of two main roots heading out to either side.  Does this look like a candidate for grafting roots or would you just scrap the base and ground layer? 
 

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Re: Cranky palmatum
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2011, 03:39 AM »
wiring looks nice.

it'd be easier to train new branches.  wire in May or june.   after the new leaves have hardened off. 

if you want it to develop good root and good health, use different soil mix. 
Bark is one of the worst thing to add on your mix.

Boon
 

Grog

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Re: Cranky palmatum
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2011, 04:39 AM »
There's  not many times blowing a Blue Moon Spring Blonde out your nose and onto your laptop feels good, but when Boon says "wiring looks nice" is definitely one of them.

On a more serious and less eye watering note, the tree is still in the soil I bought it in, it'll be going into a mix of lava, grit, and haydite.  Akadama if the order comes through tomorrow like it's supposed to.

Thank you for your response Boon, the weekend you came to Topeka last year remains my biggest learning experience yet.

Dan
 

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Re: Cranky palmatum
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2011, 08:59 PM »
Have you seen Boon's japanese maple repotting video? Yu need to see it so that you get the guts to do what will need to be done.

John
 

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Re: Cranky palmatum
« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2011, 01:09 PM »
Yes, wiring can shape your bonsai better.. I got some tips at this site - http://thejapanesemaplebonsai.com. Maybe you could check this site and get some ideas too. For me, it was very helpful. :)

Happy St. Paddy's day!  I got this guy last summer and cut him down about 8" today.  The new leader wired up pretty easily, the first branch was not so obliging and snapped without any warning.  I worked some wood glue in the crack with a toothpick and the wire's not letting it move, hopefully it will heal up. 

It needs repotting but before I do I thought I'd see where to go with the roots.  The rootbase is pretty much comprised of two main roots heading out to either side.  Does this look like a candidate for grafting roots or would you just scrap the base and ground layer? 
 

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Re: Cranky palmatum
« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2011, 02:49 PM »
Grog, that is a nice looking tree.  Have you considered chopping it down about an inch below the current chop and using the back branch/stub as the apex?

Mandy, I don't believe this post has much to do with wiring until you brought it up.  (Yeah, I read what was written earlier, but that's sidebar conversation more than anything.)  Having visited your link, I'm not sure what help that site would be for his wiring ...especially considering the fact that Grog seems to have at least the basics down (as Boon pointed out).  If you have something specific you think would be useful to the community, feel free to share.  Making your first post on a forum a link off-site seems a little spammy.
 

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Re: Cranky palmatum
« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2011, 04:07 PM »
Grog, that is a nice looking tree.  Have you considered chopping it down about an inch below the current chop and using the back branch/stub as the apex?

I like this suggestion
 

Grog

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Re: Cranky palmatum
« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2011, 10:10 PM »
Apparently the tree agrees with the idea for the new apex as it was kind enough to kill off the leader I'd wired up.  The first branch that I broke also looks like it's going to be pushing up the daisies.  Neither was a big loss or surprise really, I just prefer branches to die when I chop them off rather than doing it on their own  :-X