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Species Specific => Shimpaku Juniper Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: somegeek on August 17, 2011, 02:24 AM

Title: Shimpaku Forked Trunk - best way to deal with deadwood half?
Post by: somegeek on August 17, 2011, 02:24 AM
Hello all,

I have a Shimpaku tree which has a forked trunk base and I'm curious as to how I should deal with the deadwood side of this?

Also, this fork has resulted in some reverse taper which I'd like to deal with.  The live half of the trunk fork is 9mm in diameter while the single trunk area above the fork is 14mm.

Appreciate any input!

somegeek

Title: Re: Shimpaku Forked Trunk - best way to deal with deadwood half?
Post by: Dave Murphy on August 17, 2011, 07:37 AM
I would air layer at the fork...problem(s) solved.
Title: Re: Shimpaku Forked Trunk - best way to deal with deadwood half?
Post by: nathanbs on August 17, 2011, 09:57 AM
cut it off or make a short jin out of it, then do a little shari work up from there to eliminate the reverse taper. Or air layer it like Dave said
Title: Re: Shimpaku Forked Trunk - best way to deal with deadwood half?
Post by: bwaynef on August 17, 2011, 11:34 AM
I'd wrap it tightly with wire and allow it to girdle the root so that the tree is slowly weaned from needing that root while waterways re-route.  Then just cut it off.
Title: Re: Shimpaku Forked Trunk - best way to deal with deadwood half?
Post by: nathanbs on August 17, 2011, 10:11 PM
Wayne the root already looks dead?
Title: Re: Shimpaku Forked Trunk - best way to deal with deadwood half?
Post by: bwaynef on August 18, 2011, 10:24 AM
Missed that Nathan.   ::)

With my new understanding, I'd just lop it off.
Title: Re: Shimpaku Forked Trunk - best way to deal with deadwood half?
Post by: LarryT on August 18, 2011, 09:29 PM
Cut the dead side off close.  Lower the cut trunk to ground with the good leg of the trunk now becomming a horizontal root half burrried in the soil.  And with additional soil up around the cut trunk base to encourage rooting in all other directions.   Hold it all steady with wire as with all repotting.  Reverse taper is eliminated.