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Species Specific => Satsuki Azalea Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: bwaynef on July 28, 2009, 08:50 PM

Title: Satusuki Azalea Kinsai
Post by: bwaynef on July 28, 2009, 08:50 PM
This tree was imported from Japan last year (or possibly the year before.)  It was kept in a greenhouse and, in an effort to allow the roots to (re)establish after import, the tree was allowed to grow freely.  It quickly overgrew and I didn't get around to thinning it until this weekend.  I finished it today.

I was about a month late on this work, and it may've been completed at the expense of next year's blooms, but I figured it needed doing.  With Satsukis being basally dominant, I purposefully pruned/thinned the apex less than the rest of the tree.  I thinned it back to two branches at a juncture, and two leaves on branches for the most part.  Not knowing how it was going to respond since this is about a month later than is recommended, I tended to leave a little more growth.

The photos show about 3-3.5 hours of work.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.  It probably could stand some wire.  I can't imagine how long a process that is going to be.
Title: Re: Satusuki Azalea Kinsai
Post by: shimsuki on July 28, 2009, 09:37 PM
Nice satsuki, kinsai is another great variety. From the information you gave us I would recommend wiring in the fall. Looks like a whole day project. Once you wire those small branches in the foliage pads down and get a little movement going, this could be a neat tree. Keep us updated.
Shimsuki
Title: Re: Satusuki Azalea Kinsai
Post by: Steven on July 28, 2009, 09:39 PM
uh huh, snuck back over there to finish it eh ;) Ya did a good job Wayne. The tree looks much better. Wanna do my 2 pee-wees  :) ...satsukis
Title: Re: Satusuki Azalea Kinsai
Post by: MatsuBonsai on May 20, 2010, 09:29 AM
Did you ever get any wire on this one, Wayne?  How's it doing?  Blooming yet?
Title: Re: Satusuki Azalea Kinsai
Post by: bwaynef on May 20, 2010, 10:12 AM
No wire.  It wasn't exactly vigorous (but I'm not sure that cultivar ever really is) so I didn't do much else last year.  I'll try to get pictures soon.
Title: Re: Satusuki Azalea Kinsai
Post by: bwaynef on May 24, 2010, 04:02 PM
An update as promised.  It looks like July 28th is too late in the year to cut and NOT risk chopping off buds.  Hence, this one isn't blooming this year, but does seem to have improved vigor-wise.  I'm certain that's not a coincidence.  A lucky accident maybe (, if you consider not having any blooms lucky that is).

Sorry I didn't get pictures.