Author Topic: My "Eikan"  (Read 13386 times)

Dave Murphy

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My "Eikan"
« on: November 22, 2010, 08:05 AM »
I acquired this tree almost two years ago, right after it was imported/bare rooted.  Other then removing a portion of the lowest left branch and some minor pruning and wiring, I've let it rest until this week.  I've started to wire out the canopy.  Hopefully, I'll get it into a training pot this spring.

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Dave Murphy

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Re: My "Eikan"
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2010, 08:17 AM »
Here's a pic of the nebari.  I can't wait to see it in a pot.  This tree is a beast.
 

John Kirby

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Re: My "Eikan"
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2010, 11:17 AM »
nice.
 

Dave Murphy

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Re: My "Eikan"
« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2010, 06:05 PM »
Thanks, John.  It's nice for sure, but after spending 12 hours wiring and still having another 3-4 to go, I've come to realize it's too damn big.  I wish I didn't like the real large ones...they are slowly killing me ;D.

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Re: My "Eikan"
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2010, 05:50 PM »
Finally finished.
 

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Re: My "Eikan"
« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2010, 06:14 PM »
have you considered removing the lower left branch? here's a quick virt
 

Dave Murphy

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Re: My "Eikan"
« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2010, 09:29 AM »
Thanks for the virt Noissee.  Actually, I have considered removing that branch.  My plan is to let another branch grow out just above that lowest branch, on that first outer curve.  Until the new branch reaches a patrticular size, I'd want the lowest branch to remain.  Generally speaking, I actually would want more foliage on the left side instead of less, to balance the tree.  I do like your virt, though, very dynamic image, just not what I have planned for this particular tree.  Thanks again,

Dave
 

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Re: My "Eikan"
« Reply #7 on: December 10, 2010, 12:18 AM »
Dave,

Nice Material! Eikan is a variety, like Kaho and etc., that have big flowers, so the fact that this is a big tree is a plus. It looks like you did a good job wiring the pads, in the future you need to get the tree looking more proportional in my opinion. What I mean is you have a diamond shape, but in bonsai we like triangles as you know. In the future cut back the long upper branches and let the lower ones grow out.

Just my thoughts and opinions,

Andrew
 

Dave Murphy

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Re: My "Eikan"
« Reply #8 on: December 10, 2010, 07:17 AM »
Hey Shim, thanks for the post.  I will be refining the branching somewhat, as the lower branches need to thicken and lengthen a bit.  At this point, I don't envision a typical triangle shaped tree here (at least right now).  The upper left branch (the long one) is the most important branch as it dictates the movement of the tree.  Cutting it back to create that triangle image would completely change the image and remove much character that the tree has right now.  It will hopefully look more presentable in a pot this spring.  Thanks again,

Dave
 

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Re: My "Eikan"
« Reply #9 on: February 25, 2011, 08:06 PM »
This tree was re-potted today ;D.  Despite the cold winter, which damaged some of the foliage, buds started moving earlier this week.

Here is the tree pulled out of the nursery can.  You can see the root system had recovered nicely from the bare rooting from several years ago.
 

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Re: My "Eikan"
« Reply #10 on: February 25, 2011, 08:10 PM »
This is the tree in an oversized mica pot.  I could have squeezed the roots into a nice chinese pot I have, but I would have needed a shoehorn to do it, and I figured the tree could use some leg room to maintain/increase it's vigor.
 

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Re: My "Eikan"
« Reply #11 on: March 01, 2011, 08:01 PM »
Looking good, Dave.  What's do you have in mind as a next step for this one?  I would like to see the pot you have picked out for it.
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Re: My "Eikan"
« Reply #12 on: March 02, 2011, 06:54 AM »
Thanks, John.  My plan is to let some of the lower branches thicken up a bit while improvingthe pads, mainly on the apex.  As far as it's next pot, I have an oval unglazed chinese container that is probably a smidge too small for this one, I think.  It measures 21" wide and is 5" deep, but the trunk on this one is just so big, it seems to dwarf the pot.  If I may ask, what pot would you consider for this one?

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Re: My "Eikan"
« Reply #13 on: March 10, 2011, 07:28 AM »
This is a pot avaiable thru Osiga.com.  The size is right- 21" by 16" by 6.75".  Opinions?
 

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Re: My "Eikan"
« Reply #14 on: March 10, 2011, 07:49 AM »
Personally, I like glazed pots for satsuki.  They tend to keep the kanuma/roots moist longer than unglazed pots.  I also like pots with more detail, whether  lines, lip, feet, etc.  Satsuki are display trees, and this includes the pot, imo.

I think the pot you have selected is perfectly fine for your tree, provided the dimensions are correct.  Keep the pads clean and layers separated and your tree will be a beautiful display.