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Post  Ricky Keaton on Sun Jun 10, 2012 7:12 pm


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Post  Ricky Keaton on Sun Jun 10, 2012 7:22 pm


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Post  Ricky Keaton on Sun Jun 10, 2012 7:24 pm

any ideas would be greatly appreciated. this is the 3rd summer in this pot and great new growth this summer. i rescued it from a fuel station refurbish, with permission.

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Post  marcus watts on Sun Jun 10, 2012 7:42 pm

hi,
a few more years of heavy feeding, clipping off strong extension growth and trying to get some buds back on the long bare branches will give loads of options for a more upright tree.....or a nice cascade could be started now using the longest branch as the dropping one and building the crown from the section with all the strong growth.

cheers Marcus

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Post  Ricky Keaton on Sat Jun 16, 2012 8:57 pm

Marcus in your post http://ibonsaiclub.forumotion.com/t10546-the-concertina-5ft-juniper-to-17, looks like you bent some big diameter branches. How's that happen?

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Post  marcus watts on Sat Jun 16, 2012 9:42 pm

Ricky Keaton wrote:Marcus in your post http://ibonsaiclub.forumotion.com/t10546-the-concertina-5ft-juniper-to-17, looks like you bent some big diameter branches. How's that happen?

Hi Ricky.

yes, the middle section of the trunk was about as thick as my fore arm before i started. the early pictures were 1997-2000 when it was straight - i put the tip of a chainsaw through the trunk longwise and cut the center out, so the 2 living strips were either side of the long hollow. I waited a few years and broke the upper strip so the lower section had to support all the foliage.

Now there was only 3/4 of an inch of thickness - 4 x 6mm wires were laid along the strip side by side, the entire lot wrapped in raffia and i made the first big bend , about 170 degrees i guess ! - the upper branch bend was just a case of cranking the trunk back on itself with a strong wire tied round it - every week or so i'd bend it some more and twist the wire tight. it was about an inch thick and bent over 4 or 5 weeks.

after this the tree was left alone for a couple of years while i played about with other stuff, until today Laughing

in my rigida - 'branch to trunk' thread i bent a really old second trunk about 4cm thick from below vertical to upright using a turnbuckle attachment - really easy, only took 5 minutes a day for 2 days

hope this helps a little,

best regards Marcus

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