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Naive, but genuine question!

Post  Rick36 on Wed Jul 18, 2012 3:53 pm



This is a bunch of twigs - obviously! It is one of several others growing in a field which will be ploughed up as soon as it dries out - maybe a couple of weeks. It is an English Elm of sorts - maybe "procera". My query is - are they worth saving? Do groups like this have any potential? Can they be grown on as they are? If so, what would the future hold? Perhaps not in my lifetime, but one of my sons is showing interest in bonsai, so I'd be genuinely interested in any and all responses. Cheers.

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Re: Naive, but genuine question!

Post  Dendrogeek on Wed Jul 18, 2012 4:35 pm

Ulmus procera. Where the suckers meet below the soil you'll find they all grow from a section of thick root. This could make a very acceptable clump style - with the right treatment perhaps in as little as six years.

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Naive, but genuine question!

Post  will baddeley on Wed Jul 18, 2012 4:42 pm

Hello Rick. If this is all one tree then you will probably find the best part of the tree is under the soil. I have collected many Elms that look like this above ground but underneath can reveal a real treasure. The first tree on the link is a classic example of this.
http://ibonsaiclub.forumotion.com/t1633-you-showed-me-yours-i-ll-show-you-mine?highlight=you+showed+me+yours

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Post  Poink88 on Wed Jul 18, 2012 5:10 pm

will baddeley wrote:If this is all one tree then you will probably find the best part of the tree is under the soil. I have collected many Elms that look like this above ground but underneath can reveal a real treasure.
I agree. Some of my better trees are like these that I almost walked away from, luckily I didn't.

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Re: Naive, but genuine question!

Post  Rick36 on Wed Jul 18, 2012 5:47 pm

Thankyou for the responses.
Dendrogeek - thankyou for the encouragement.
Poink - Thanks also for confirmation of Will's comments.
Will - Thankyou for that. I did read your blog earlier and all the "elm" comments on this forum. How I wish!! I scraped away the topsoil from another clump in close proximity and unfortunately they seem to be growing - in clumps like this one - from a long thin root about 1.5 inches diameter. So - a long raft with a clump every 6ft. or so. I may replant it (and possibly) others in the veggie garden and cut back annually, if you think it will have the same effect as the farmer's actions in your cases. Anything I can do e.g. heavy feeding routine to speed up the process? Cheers. Rick.

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