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« on: July 27, 2011, 02:34 PM »

It's time for another project.  After seeing this shimpaku at the Southeast Regional Show last weekend I can't get this little tree out of my mind.  I've got a dozen or so Itoigawa cuttings right now that I think would make a nice start for a project next Spring.  I figure it's about a 10 year project from start to something resembling this stage, maybe.  

So, who's willing to try it with me?  Grab your cuttings and meeting here next Spring.  Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2011, 03:01 PM »

I've got more than a handful of shimpaku ('kishu' ?) cuttings.  I wouldn't mind having something like you've shown, ...so what's involved?  Have a plan?
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« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2011, 03:08 PM »

I'm thinking something along the lines of JBP Project - Exposed Root.  Get the roots "exposed" through a bottle, leave to grow for a few years.  Then plant in the ground to speed growth.  Then back into a pot, wire, done.  Simple, right?

Seriously, anyone have any other ideas, thoughts, suggestions, questions?
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« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2011, 03:30 PM »

John, an option, wire several with some movement and graft them together at the height you want the "trunk" to start.
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« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2011, 03:32 PM »

Gary, do you have any pics of something similar.  I'll have to consider that (and brush up on my grafting...).
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« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2011, 04:23 PM »

Wayne, I had a crash a while back and lost a ton of pics, I KNOW Undecided I'll have to look elsewhere. That is the easiest graft to make. Trim a 1inch section and bind them tight or stagger the grafts a little if you want. Let them grow at different rates by a little pruning to keep from having a bulge. That's not my preferred method but it works. You have to be careful not to make it look contrived.
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« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2011, 08:57 PM »

If the shimpaku has some decent roots, (matchstick size) the plant can just be lifted with each repotting. It is amazing how fast the roots will thicken and bark up when exposed to the sun.

I did this small trident in just three seasons by placing a thin bamboo rod down thru the center of the plant and tied it off with a small zip tie. The bamboo gave it some support untill the roots hardened off enough to actually support the plant.
This plant has been lifted three times. This year I think I will plant it on the piece of petrified wood for a Chinese penjing cliff scene on a white marble tray.
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« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2011, 08:17 AM »

Sounds like we've got a few options.  Who's up for a project?
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« Reply #8 on: August 02, 2011, 03:42 PM »

To clarify my post earlier, I'm in!
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« Reply #9 on: February 21, 2013, 04:42 AM »

late start but im with you on this project
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« Reply #10 on: February 21, 2013, 06:46 AM »

I am. I have a cutting started 3 years ago that I've been working on and dreaming of possibilities and a way to go. This may foot the bill.

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« Reply #11 on: February 21, 2013, 10:04 PM »

I forgot all about this thread.  Luckily I've still got some cuttings of appropriate size.  I'll see if I can get some pictures this coming weekend.

Who else is in?
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« Reply #12 on: June 10, 2013, 08:23 AM »

So, we put some of these together back in March.  Here's a photo right after potting up.  These guys are still going strong.  Not much to report for another year or two, I'm guessing.

Sorry for the delay in posting.
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