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John Kirby

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Shohin Trident
« on: August 11, 2009, 10:44 PM »
Hi,
Below are pictures of a Shohin trident I have been working on. When I showed pictures to Boon about 18 months ago he said he liked the little tree, but that it would be better if I could let a sacrifice leader go to thicken the apex. So, last spring I did not defolae one branch near the top and let it grow for a year. Tridents grow pretty well here, so this is what it looks like now. It is shown defoliated, I will cut it soon and carve the scar to start the healing process and to continue the ramification process (there is a bit of pruning to do as well). Three years aor so and this will be a pretty cute little tree- and it can go back into an appropriately sized pot.

John
(the tree will be 61/2" tall, the leader is over 3')
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Re: Shohin Trident
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2009, 12:12 AM »
The tree with the unfettered apex reminds me of Pinocchio when his nose grew from telling lies. Is the second photo taken as a full frontal? I keep wanting to turn it about 30 degrees to the right.
 

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Re: Shohin Trident
« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2009, 12:34 AM »
Turning it works if you want to rebuild the main branches. I may have been 4 or 5 degrees off full center, give it a couple of years to develop.
 

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Re: Shohin Trident
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2009, 08:59 PM »
John,

Do you have the pot already for this?  Are you going with a "white" pot with this one?

("white" of course being the off white old patina pot)
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Re: Shohin Trident
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2009, 10:31 PM »
The tree with the unfettered apex reminds me of Pinocchio when his nose grew from telling lies. Is the second photo taken as a full frontal? I keep wanting to turn it about 30 degrees to the right.
... ummmmmmmmm wondering where you are going with this??

Nice tree John!
 

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Re: Shohin Trident
« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2009, 11:03 PM »
Thanks Rick, the unfettered pinocchio growth has fixed the top. John
 

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Re: Shohin Trident
« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2009, 08:09 AM »
the unfettered pinocchio growth has fixed the top. John
I think you have me mixed up with Jeff. I knew why the leader was left to grow wild, nd yes it did a splendid job.
 

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Re: Shohin Trident
« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2009, 08:14 AM »
Hi Rick, understand.  I just included the top fixing statement so that casual readers who may scan their way in will understand why it was done. Cheers, John
 

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Re: Shohin Trident
« Reply #8 on: August 14, 2009, 09:55 AM »
Great little tree, John. Thanks for sharing it!

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Re: Shohin Trident
« Reply #9 on: August 14, 2009, 04:00 PM »
John

Will you chop the whole thing off or reduce it to 1/2 inch or what?

I have a similar problem...
 

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Re: Shohin Trident
« Reply #10 on: August 14, 2009, 04:05 PM »
i will cut i down to 1-2" next weekend then cut and carve in October. John
 

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Re: Shohin Trident
« Reply #11 on: November 12, 2009, 07:40 PM »
Hi,
Cut the long leader off in August, at Boon's suggestion cut it all the way down and cleaned it up with a knife. The tree has popped back really well, has had good bud back around the cut which is healing. The tree is really holding on to its leaves, tho I noticed that a few of the leaves on the back of the tree have started to turn red. Will see in a few weeks how it is really healing.

John
 

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Re: Shohin Trident
« Reply #12 on: November 12, 2009, 08:27 PM »
Looks great. This tree has some great taper now, which is often lacking in shohin trees.
 

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Re: Shohin Trident
« Reply #13 on: November 13, 2009, 09:44 AM »
John, awesome stuff. Can't wait to see it defoliated for fall!
 

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Re: Shohin Trident
« Reply #14 on: November 13, 2009, 02:56 PM »
Couldn't be better. What pot will you eventually go for?