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shimsuki

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Satsuki Azalea 'Tensho'
« on: November 08, 2010, 08:57 AM »
Here is my Tensho, I got it from Dave Kreutz early this year. It has really been left to grow since its import, so yesterday we made some structural changes by pruning and I also did standard fall Satsuki work on it.

The first pic was taken over the summer, the others were taken yesterday.




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Re: Satsuki Azalea 'Tensho'
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2010, 08:59 AM »
I forgot to mention my plans for the tree. I am gonna let the 2nd branch up on the left grow out longer than the 3rd branch up on the left. This tree is going to be wired in the spring, especially putting a guy wire on the bottom left branch to bring it down.
 

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Re: Satsuki Azalea 'Tensho'
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2010, 07:22 PM »
Hey Shim,
You have spoken a lot about the 'standard fall work on Satsuki'.  While I own several Satsuki I do not yet own a book and am curious to know what all is involved in the standard fall work.  From the pics it looks like you have removed all interior growth and have only left on the tip flower buds for next year.  You also mentioned a Japanese word which you said would make it pop all over in the spring.  Could you please explain, thanks!
 

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Re: Satsuki Azalea 'Tensho'
« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2010, 09:38 PM »
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Hey Shim,
You have spoken a lot about the 'standard fall work on Satsuki'.  While I own several Satsuki I do not yet own a book and am curious to know what all is involved in the standard fall work.  From the pics it looks like you have removed all interior growth and have only left on the tip flower buds for next year.  You also mentioned a Japanese word which you said would make it pop all over in the spring.  Could you please explain, thanks!

Sure! Standard satsuki fall work involves several things that should take place in order for the trees to have a healthy spring. The first thing I do is remove the old leaves. An old leaf is any leaf that is not around the flower bud, or if there is no bud the terminal end, for the upcoming flowering season. Take off all these leaves! It will seem like a lot, but you are actually doing the tree a great deed! Also, if you don’t remove them, they will fall off anyway. This process doesn’t change the structure of the tree at all, but opens up the structure of the tree. All the sunlight now coming in will benefit the tree, and you will see a bunch more healthy growth in the upcoming spring.

Also detail wiring can be included. It is wiring the new growth the tree has put on. The main goal is to get movement into it. Don't remove new growth just because it is long, the goal is getting the movement right where the new growth starts. With Satsukis, it is all about growing out and cutting back. Then in the spring when *motobadome* is done, (forgive my spelling, my japanese satsuki books are at home, not here at school), there will be movement in the inner parts of the tree.

Motobadome is similar to defoliating tridents. You take your bonsai scissors in the spring a week or two before flowering and cut the bud and surrounding leafs off. You only leave a few millimeters of leaf, which will look like a little green cluster. This will cause the tree to pop like crazy!

If you are interested in Satsukis, I recommend getting the yellow book, Japanese Satsuki Bonsai, and possibly the Alexander Kennedy book, Floral Treasures of Japan, found here http://www.satsukibonsai-en.com/books.htm. They are great resources!

Sorry if all this is confusing, this really must be shown in person to gain a true understanding, along with pretty much every other part of the art!


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Re: Satsuki Azalea 'Tensho'
« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2010, 09:47 PM »
Also,

I did quite a bit of pruning on the tree above, which is not a part of fall satsuki work. Actually, pruning is best done in the spring, but given the fact that this tree has not been pruned in a long time it needed to be done. I would have done it last spring, but it was not pushing the way I would have liked, since it was a recent import. After I do motobadome in the spring, I am hoping for a lot of new growth!
 

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Re: Satsuki Azalea 'Tensho'
« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2010, 10:44 PM »
Cool, thanks so much!  I will post some pictures after I have cleaned up my 2 nice shohin.