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General Category => Tropical Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: Ryan on September 07, 2011, 07:01 PM

Title: Where to go?
Post by: Ryan on September 07, 2011, 07:01 PM
Hey everyone,


I've had this little guy for probably about 3 years. It was one of my first trees given to me. It was a typical S shaped microcarpa, but then I got a bur and decided to chop it down low. I've been letting it grow since, and I have no idea how to proceed from here. This picture is as of the 7th of August, after I cut each branch to two leaves. It has backbudded, but only at the chop sites. The branches are still long and bare. Since I didn't get any backbud it makes me fear cutting each branch back to no leaves. I fear I wouldn't get much backbud. So, what are your thoughts? Should I remove all branches but one and make it a small upright? Should I somehow get it to backbud and style it like a banyan? Thoughts?

Title: Re: Where to go?
Post by: Nigel Parke on October 07, 2011, 12:29 AM
Ryan,
You could either let it grow some more and see what the branches are going to do or cut back the branches one at a time and see if they'll back bud for you (of course waiting for each to back bud before you cut the next one). Here in Jamaica I could cut back all the branches without fear but depending on your climate you may have to be more cautious. Regardless of which style you decide to adopt, the tree will need a lot of time to grow so here's where the patience comes handy.

Nigel
Title: Re: Where to go?
Post by: cbobgo on October 07, 2011, 12:43 AM
you need to let your leader (whichever one it is) grow long so that it thickens up and develops your next trunk section.  Pruning all the little branches back will just keep them as little branches.

- bob
Title: Re: Where to go?
Post by: Treebeard55 on October 07, 2011, 10:19 AM
Ryan, I have to agree with Nigel: best to let this tree grow unchecked for a while. It looks like it needs to recover some strength.

Given the vigor with which microcarpas grow, it shouldn't take too long then for it to offer you some more options, or an idea of where it wants to go. Maybe both.  :)