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JRob
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« on: November 19, 2011, 08:56 AM »

Good Morning All,

Looking for suggestions on where to go with this little Prairifire Crabapple. Sorry pics aren't better but you get the idea.

Thanks,

JRob
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bwaynef
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« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2011, 09:59 AM »

I don't have a clear vision on how to improve this tree (yet), but does anyone know how well crabapple takes to thread grafts for additional branching?
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Don Blackmond
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« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2011, 08:22 AM »

I'd consider carving to hollow out the deadwood.  I'd also cut back the branches to keep it more compact with more horizontal or slightly below growth.  I envision less apex and more lower branch development with a hollowed out trunk.
With crabs you can get away with fewer branches, and even leggy growth, to accentuate flowers/fruit.
Its coming along nicely Jeffrey.
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Elliott
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« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2011, 12:40 PM »

Imteresting purple pot. Seems to work with this tree. In japan fruiting flowering trees are enjoyed for that reason and put on the back shelf untill they flower again. You have to decide if you want a tree to enjoy for flowers and fruit or if you want to wait a few years to enjoy that and work on the branching. If you work on the branching first, you will get a nicer tree later on that looks good in all seasons.
 You can cut the wire off, wait till its done flowering and trim the tree back for a few years of cut and grow. probably have to get rid of 1 of the first branches and if you get that chop cut carved out, it will be a very cool tree in a few years.
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JRob
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« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2011, 03:34 PM »

Ah, the purple pot. Selected because of it being the right depth as the roots are taken back and it was cheap. Tree was field grown and I am in the process of working it down to fit a bonsai pot by Max Braverman. Thanks for the suggestions Don & Elliott. I plan to carve the trunk out this year. I've been reading some interesting articles about a process to let carpenter ants do the work!

JRob
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