Quercus Ilex from Portugal!

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Re: Quercus Ilex from Portugal!

Post  Bruno António on Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:45 pm

Hi!

I'm sorry did not respond, but I did not receive the notification.

The branch is preferably foldable with a wire bounded in the pot or elsewhere on the tree, not all at once, but within 2 years it changed completely without problems.
I do not consider in any way reducing the branch, it makes the tree something unique and unexpected. Cutting would be to end up giving character to the tree.
I think it does not make much sense to bend up either, because it is a "quercus", and these species, when they are very old, bend the lower branches even touching the ground.
But for now I need to continue to thicken the branches so that they are consistent with the massive trunk.
For now the tree was only wire.
Thank you! Wink
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Post  my nellie on Wed Jan 03, 2018 9:33 am

Hello Bruno António!
Happy New Year!

To what you have said regarding the length of the first branch and its movement downward, I would like to say that the base of the trunk to the left side is so powerful that it counter-balance the first "heavy" branch.
Furthermore, if the short left branches would build some length more, they will add to the counter-balance of said right branch.
This is my personal opinion, of course.

But what really bothers my eye, is that the girth of the first branch is considerably less than the girth of the heavy stubbed branch above it.
Perhaps some carving would solve or smoother this impression..., I wonder.
But then again, this is my personal opinion Very Happy
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Re: Quercus Ilex from Portugal!

Post  Bruno António on Sat Jan 06, 2018 4:30 pm

my nellie wrote:Hello Bruno António!
Happy New Year!  

Hi My Nellie! Happy new year to!

I'm thinking soon of working on the second and third thick branch, to "disguise" the cuts. Even the base needs some work on the wood.
For the rest is to continue to grow to thicken and densify the branches and the green mass.

More reviews please!
Thank you!

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Post  Bruno António on Fri May 11, 2018 10:46 pm

Hi!
Growth in mid-spring, which has been very cold and rainy here in Portugal.
It needs to grow thick, grow baby grow...

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Post  MKBonsai on Sat May 12, 2018 11:30 am

I would definitely remove / jin the thick branches as to me they are too dominant and attention seeking.
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Post  kevin stoeveken on Tue May 15, 2018 12:11 pm

MKBonsai wrote:I would definitely remove / jin the thick branches as to me they are too dominant and attention seeking.

excepting of course that beautiful and powerful first branch, right ?
oh wait - thats the only thick branch Razz

If it were mine, i would simply keep that large branch in check with the hopes of backbudding for length reduction...
and let the others thicken to bring them into proportion...

this is a helluva nice start to what will be a great tree !!!

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Post  my nellie on Sun May 20, 2018 8:01 pm

Bruno António wrote:
So I see you have been working on those two thick stumps, like you have said
Bruno António wrote:I'm thinking soon of working on the second and third thick branch, to "disguise" the cuts.
I think you have done very good work!
Now you need growth so that new branches get more girth to match the trunk.
It is going to be impressive after some years (how many? Very Happy )
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