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Twin trunk style - help needed

Post  Barry M on Sun Aug 05, 2012 2:18 am

I have a dwarf pomegranate for which I need some advice. It’s only about a year old and I’m allowing it to just grow and thicken in a regular pot for a few years. Of course I’m not concerned about styling details at this early stage. But, I do want to decide on an overall style now because it affects how I will proceed. I have felt that this tree should be a Twin Trunk because it splits about two inches above the soil level (see photos). However, I have read a few messages on the Board indicating that if a trunk splits above the soil surface, you get a sling shot looking tree and that is bad. I have read elsewhere that it’s okay for a trunk to split above the soil surface if the split occurs not too high. My question is – can I grow a twin trunk style with this tree with the split occurring where it does and the final height I expect to be about 15 inches? I’d appreciate your thoughts.



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Re: Twin trunk style - help needed

Post  bucknbonsai on Sun Aug 05, 2012 3:33 am

barry,
I wouldnt try to make this a twin trunk, I think it will always look like branch. In case this is your first pomegranate I just wanted to give you a heads up that these dwarf pomegranates in zone 6 or 7 just never seem to put on any mass at all. I have tried several varieties and even some non-dwarf varieties, and even in proper sized growing pots and unrestricted growth, the calipers after several years barely changed. I moved on because I realized I would never have a thick twisted trunk pomegranate like john nakas (at least by going the rooted cutting route)

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hi Bary

Post  tap pi lu on Sun Aug 05, 2012 6:16 am

the tree usually growing height very fast, if you don't control it regularly by cutting, airy, porous soil growing needs, not to stagnant water

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Post  bonsaisr on Sun Aug 05, 2012 9:05 pm

No, that is not a twin trunk, that is a slingshot. Cut one trunk way back to make the first branch. Pot it in coarse bonsai soil & feed it heavily for a couple of years.
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Re: Twin trunk style - help needed

Post  marcus watts on Sun Aug 05, 2012 9:55 pm

to add better taper lose the left hand trunk and half the right hand one, then put it in something bigger (grow bed, the earth, huge pot etc) for a few years as a 15" high tree will need 2" ++ of trunk base - in a normal pot 2" will take 10 years+.

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Re: Twin trunk style - help needed

Post  Barry M on Sun Aug 05, 2012 10:52 pm

I really appreciate the ideas from everyone. I have been convinced that this is not a candidate for twin trunk style and I will (sometime in the future) shorten the right side so it becomes a branch. I will grow the plant in a larger pot for some years even though it's unlikely to thicken much. But I do like the dwarf pomegranate as it gets blossoms and fruits somewhat in proportion to its size. One question - is it okay to move it into a larger (regular) pot now or do I have to wait until next spring? I live in New Jersey, USA.

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Post  bonsaisr on Sun Aug 05, 2012 10:59 pm

Marcus is right. Shorten the LEFT branch. According to Pauline Muth, you can repot the pomegranate RIGHT NOW or wait until early next spring. What do you mean by a regular pot? It needs to go into a shallow pot, either an oversize bonsai pot or a nursery bulb pan.

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Re: Twin trunk style - help needed

Post  Barry M on Sun Aug 05, 2012 11:25 pm

Iris,

Just so I understand - are you saying I should shorten the left (i.e., taller) branch (what I used to call the left "trunk")? That would then become "the" trunk. How much should it be shortened? Should I then leave the right branch as it is?

(Regarding what I meant by "regular" pot, I meant an ordinary deep flower pot. But I can instead plant the tree in an oversized bonsai pot as you suggested.)

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