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davestree
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« Reply #15 on: March 08, 2012, 10:45 AM »

Looks like it is ready for some wire  and styling now.
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MattB
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« Reply #16 on: March 08, 2012, 11:38 AM »

Saturday we have a study group meeting, hoping to get some quality work done on it.  I'll have to be careful with this one, the 'branches' are still pretty brittle (yet very bendable) and I have very fat fingers!  Grin

Would you guys suggest rubbing off the buds that I will not be incorporating with the styling?  This year, it seems to have about 500 buds on the trunk compared to last year when it just had a few pop up here and there every few days.  I'd imagine that is why it is so hard to find a barberry with taper or a single trunk, the darn things turn themselves into lollipops or forests in one season.  I did remove a few that were suckering from the base already... never ending battle.
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MattB
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« Reply #17 on: March 08, 2012, 12:36 PM »

Dave, since you are one of the few people I've seen online with Barberry trees... do you have any specific info regarding your trees?  The one that really interests me is the one of the fall colors and the dog.  Beautiful example of a shohin barberry.  Would love to see a progression on it, if you have one.
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davestree
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« Reply #18 on: March 08, 2012, 01:51 PM »

Barberry - slow to ramify, painful to touch.  Some people clip the thorns off before wiring, but that seems like a lot of work.  Mine are in a Turface/Pumice/Akadama mix at 70/20/10 proportion.  Water every day, do not let dry out.  A dry barberry in a pot can be a dead one.  I would rub those buds off the trunk, but save some, your tree looks like it could use a few extra branches.  I feed organic mostly - the leaves don't seem to like a lot of chemical fertilizer.  Full sun.  I will post a few pics of my berberis when I get a chance, thanks.
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MattB
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« Reply #19 on: March 08, 2012, 03:27 PM »

Thanks.  I've not had too many issues with the thorns yet.  The only time I really got surprised by one was when I was removing the plant from its initial pot.  The top layer of the soil was covered in dead branches, which apparently are much sharper than the live portions.  Look forward to see some pictures.
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« Reply #20 on: March 11, 2012, 01:03 PM »

Here is an update after the work I did yesterday.  Ended up repotting it a bit higher than I had it previously, which shows a bit of a taper issue.  I don't believe it will be a huge problem in the future though.  Wiring is basically an air wire because the branches are so flexible.  I left the majority of the buds on the trunk for now to get a few more branches.  Ideally, one of the bottom two branches will be replaced by one with better positioning.

First picture is the back, second is the front.
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« Reply #21 on: March 17, 2012, 11:32 AM »

I am no expert by any means. A 15 year beginner. I have one barberry that I just got from a local nursery. But here is a link that I think you may find very useful. Harry Harrington's progression series on barberry.
http://www.bonsai4me.com/AdvTech/ATBerberisProgressionSeries.htm
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MattB
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« Reply #22 on: March 19, 2012, 12:31 PM »

Yes, there are two great progressions on Harry's site with Barberry.  Good luck with yours!
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MattB
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« Reply #23 on: December 07, 2012, 05:52 PM »

Not much going on this year with my trees, just sitting back and watching.  Here is a little update of this guy last week before the leaves dropped.  Seemed to be the last of any of the local trees/bushes to lose its leaves.

Edit: Also, my bad with the crappy Iphone photo...but didnt turn out too horribly.
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