5 year progression of a Yew from Home Depot

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5 year progression of a Yew from Home Depot

Post  Rob C on Mon Mar 25, 2013 1:21 am

Hello all..I have been training it for about 5 years. It was originally purchased from Home Depot. Here are the progression pics. I basically grew an entire new tree from just buds and branchlets. In the pics at the end, the tree is not as full as it looks. However, I am keeping a moderate amount of foliage. The branches are fairly young and I want them to gain strength.
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The tree as purchased


The tree was cut back by about 75%


I didn't like the branch on the right, so I cut it off. Also, the tree was planted in a grow pot.


A little over a year later, the tree reverted back to a bush.


The tree was cut back hard again.


After a couple of years in the grow pot, the tree was put in it's first bonsai pot.


This is the tree recently out of winter storage this year.


Here is the current look of the tree after 4-5 hours of pruning and wiring. Still a ways to go. However, the tree is proving to be a nice shohin.


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Re: 5 year progression of a Yew from Home Depot

Post  hiram on Mon Mar 25, 2013 1:32 am

thumbs up AWESOME, GREAT JOB AND CONGRATULATIONS. ThumbsUp ThumbsUp ThumbsUp ThumbsUp

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Re: 5 year progression of a Yew from Home Depot

Post  Rob C on Mon Mar 25, 2013 2:10 am

Thanks hiram...I think this tree might be ready to show in a couple more years.
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Re: 5 year progression of a Yew from Home Depot

Post  Patrick_G on Mon Mar 25, 2013 2:13 am

Do you happen to remember what variety this is?

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Re: 5 year progression of a Yew from Home Depot

Post  Rob C on Mon Mar 25, 2013 2:18 am

Hello Patrick...Unfortunately, I do not remember. Probably the same that are being sold at Home Depot now a days though.
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Post  appalachianOwl on Mon Mar 25, 2013 4:39 am

awesome, like it alot.

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Post  Rob C on Tue Mar 26, 2013 8:59 pm

Thanks appalachianOwl.. Getting my $30 worth from this tree. Very Happy

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Re: 5 year progression of a Yew from Home Depot

Post  Richard S on Tue Mar 26, 2013 9:45 pm

Wow Rob, really excellent work.

A very good example of what can be achieved using fairly ordinary material and a reminder for novices (like myself) I guess that excellent bonsai don't necessarily have to be dug up from a mountainside or cost a small fortune!

regards

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Post  MrFancyPlants on Wed Mar 27, 2013 3:15 pm

Rob,
Thanks for sharing. I was wondering if you could also share some care tips as far as root reduction and soil composition for this yew. It seems quite happy with it's new home and style. I have a volunteer yew that I have raised from a seedling which seems to be doing fine, but I would be interested to hear your take.

Thanks,
David

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Re: 5 year progression of a Yew from Home Depot

Post  maraga on Wed Mar 27, 2013 3:39 pm

really nice work Smile
is it me or the grow pot is smaller than the bonsai pot? Very Happy

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Post  Guest on Wed Mar 27, 2013 4:50 pm

Very nice progression. For some reason I have stayed away from nursery Yews. By the way, I don't think it is show ready just yet. The foliage needs to fill in a bit more, and you need to find a nicer pot in proportion to the trees size, age and quality before you show it.

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Re: 5 year progression of a Yew from Home Depot

Post  Rob C on Wed Mar 27, 2013 7:24 pm

MrFancyPlants wrote:Rob,
Thanks for sharing. I was wondering if you could also share some care tips as far as root reduction and soil composition for this yew. It seems quite happy with it's new home and style. I have a volunteer yew that I have raised from a seedling which seems to be doing fine, but I would be interested to hear your take.

Thanks,
David

Thank you...The tree was trained, if I remember correctly, in a mix of turface, course river sand and ,I believe, either pine of fir bark. However, the mixture held quite a bit of water and the tree seem to start declining. Fortunately around this time, the tree was due for a repot. At which point it was planted in a mix of akadama, lava rock and pumice. As always, it is all about good drainage. Very Happy

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Re: 5 year progression of a Yew from Home Depot

Post  Rob C on Wed Mar 27, 2013 7:28 pm

aman wrote:Very nice progression. For some reason I have stayed away from nursery Yews. By the way, I don't think it is show ready just yet. The foliage needs to fill in a bit more, and you need to find a nicer pot in proportion to the trees size, age and quality before you show it.

Hello and thank yoo aman.. Yes, thats why I said it might be ready in a couple of years to show. The pot will be changed.. Style and quality will be better. However, size might not be negotiable. This tree barely fit in this pot. Basically, the stump right underneath the tree fills most of the pot. All the roots eminate from this. The tree has had probably close to 80% of the root ball taken away. However, on the next repot Iwil lassess the situation more.

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Re: 5 year progression of a Yew from Home Depot

Post  Rob C on Wed Mar 27, 2013 7:29 pm

Richard S wrote:Wow Rob, really excellent work.

A very good example of what can be achieved using fairly ordinary material and a reminder for novices (like myself) I guess that excellent bonsai don't necessarily have to be dug up from a mountainside or cost a small fortune!

regards

Richard


Thank you Richard.. With a little luck, patience and time..$30 can go a long way. Very Happy
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Re: 5 year progression of a Yew from Home Depot

Post  Rob C on Wed Mar 27, 2013 7:31 pm

maraga wrote:really nice work Smile
is it me or the grow pot is smaller than the bonsai pot? Very Happy

Nope, the bonsai pot is smaller.. Very Happy

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Post  abcd on Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:46 am

I think it will be better if it's possible .

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Re: 5 year progression of a Yew from Home Depot

Post  Guest on Thu Mar 28, 2013 10:20 am

I think a perfect example of 'how to...', starting limited means/raw material
and a splendid little gem emerges

not a good job, a great job

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Post  tmmason10 on Thu Mar 28, 2013 5:19 pm

Excellent work Rob. You have been busy this spring.

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Re: 5 year progression of a Yew from Home Depot

Post  Rob C on Fri Mar 29, 2013 12:20 am

yves71277 wrote:I think a perfect example of 'how to...', starting limited means/raw material
and a splendid little gem emerges

not a good job, a great job

Thank you yves1277.Very Happy

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Re: 5 year progression of a Yew from Home Depot

Post  leatherback on Fri Mar 29, 2013 9:33 pm

Hi Rob,

Thank you for the previous discussion on this topic. I have added a written-out explanation of the progression on the growing bonsai website: http://www.growingbonsai.net/5-year-progression-of-a-taxus/

Here is the comparison I made:

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Re: 5 year progression of a Yew from Home Depot

Post  Rob C on Fri Mar 29, 2013 9:55 pm

abcd wrote:I think it will be better if it's possible .

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I think so too.. I don't think the tree thinks so though..lol

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