When is the best time to trunk chop a Larch?

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When is the best time to trunk chop a Larch?

Post  Carolee on Fri Sep 28, 2012 6:32 pm

My larch (Larix laricina) is far too tall for the caliper of trunk and I'd like to make more taper. When is the best time to trunk chop it? Thanks, Carolee

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Re: When is the best time to trunk chop a Larch?

Post  yamasuri on Fri Sep 28, 2012 11:10 pm

I think you can go ahead. Is not gonna bleed much.

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Re: When is the best time to trunk chop a Larch?

Post  Carolee on Fri Sep 28, 2012 11:16 pm

thanks

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Post  drgonzo on Fri Sep 28, 2012 11:46 pm

yamasuri wrote:I think you can go ahead. Is not gonna bleed much.

Though I have never performed such a drastic reduction on a Larch I would imagine that doing so this close to senescence would probably be fatal..

Maybe I'm wrong. But I would at least wait until sometime in spring.
-Jay

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Re: When is the best time to trunk chop a Larch?

Post  leatherback on Sat Sep 29, 2012 7:41 am

I clipped mine roughly 4 weeks ago, in order to get some healing in before winter; I removed roughly half of the plant (2 years woth of unlimited growth in full ground). Another got his major haircut last winter, late Feb, removing 80% of all above-ground material. Both of them are fine.

So far I have found Larch to be very tolerant of major trimming. I am however working on very young plants (Up to 5 years of age), in very early stages of development. As trees get older they often are less tolerant. So.. What age are we talking, is it in full ground / training dish / bonsai pot? If it is a more mature tree, I would do it at the last breath of winter, before any major swelling of buds occur, but when the risk of strong frost is out of the air (Unless it is in a tray and you can place it in a cold garden shed).

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Post  yamasuri on Sat Sep 29, 2012 10:41 am

Most species- hard pruning Autumn [less sap bleeding] or if Winter is harsh wait till early spring when deep frost goes away....that's my experience

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Re: When is the best time to trunk chop a Larch?

Post  marcus watts on Mon Oct 01, 2012 10:34 pm

it depends what is left below the chop really - not much time to form strong growth so i would want a lot of low down branches to remain on the tree stump that remains

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Re: When is the best time to trunk chop a Larch?

Post  Carolee on Tue Oct 02, 2012 1:07 am

Thanks all, the tree is about 25 years old, and is currently in a short (I call them bulb pots), plastic 12-inch pot, and a little over two feet tall. It has branches low and all is healthy. I want to do a small shohin, and when examining it recently, decided that where the top should be (to be proportional to the nebari), is too straight. After reading all your replies, I'll wait until late February or so to do it. It will be outside this winter, but larches love Maine winters!

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