Styling the Boxwood

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After the dramatic styling of the boxwood some time ago, the tree is recovering well and putting out some vigorous new growths. I decided to put the other boxwood (which I also bought at the same time) through some styling as well. The tree looks too tall for the thickness of the trunk. Also there are a few bar branches… Continue reading Styling the Boxwood

Japanese Maple Bloodgood – Acer Palmatum (Bloodgood)

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Acquired a Japanese Maple from Home Depot in a off season sale. The tree was tagged as $16, thinking that it is a pretty good deal, not knowing that it ringed in as $8, which made it a REALLY good deal. The plan is to air-layer the tree to utilize the good branching up top. I will eventually work my… Continue reading Japanese Maple Bloodgood – Acer Palmatum (Bloodgood)

Late Summer Maintenance of Black Pine

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Under proper care, the Japanese black pine acquired back in Spring has been putting out a lot of growth. Judging from the lengthy needles, this little guy is soaking up a lot of fertilizer. The growth at the top part of the tree is getting very dense, and it’s time for a trim (and pluck). There was a candle at… Continue reading Late Summer Maintenance of Black Pine

Japanese Black Pine Needle Plucking and Grafting

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Experimentation with the Japanese Black Pine continues. This time I will be plucking needles to redistribute vigor down to the lower and inner branches. The tree currently has a lot of growth up top. Since there is a long stretch where there are no branches coming out, I have decided to use the upper portion as sacrifice to thicken up… Continue reading Japanese Black Pine Needle Plucking and Grafting

Needle Pluck and Wiring of Pines

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Autumn is the time to needle pluck and wire pines. The Japanese White Pines and Black Pines Seedling Cuttings I started two years ago, are now ready for their initial needle pluck, and styling. In total, I have around twenty trees to work through. I started with the strongest among all the seedlings. It has put out a lot of… Continue reading Needle Pluck and Wiring of Pines

Black Pine Needle Plucking

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To ensure the health of the black pine, I plucked away last year needles to ensure energy is directed to the new growth. I also left several long branches as sacrificing branches at various levels. They will each help to feed the trunk, and as a result, thicken the trunk below the sacrificing branch. By having sacrificing branches at varying… Continue reading Black Pine Needle Plucking

Hackberry Repot and Experimentation

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Now that I’ve had the Hackberry for almost a year, and have confidence that it survived the winter. I’m ready to look closely at the tree to determine how I can bring this tree from a bush, into a bonsai. I need to first evaluate the roots to determine my options for orientating the tree. What better way to view… Continue reading Hackberry Repot and Experimentation