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Post  kauaibonsai on Sun Mar 16, 2014 6:40 am

results of continuing efforts to ramify bougainvillea.  still a long road ahead to get to where the twigging needs to be,  but there is steady improvement.

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Post  brett2013 on Sun Mar 16, 2014 1:08 pm

Nice tree !

Should be fulfilling as it gets closer to your goal ...

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Post  Guest on Mon Mar 17, 2014 2:56 am

Hi Sam!
Bougies are looking good. Are the deadwood not getting soft and rotting?

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Post  kauaibonsai on Mon Mar 17, 2014 5:07 am

thanks for the responses.   ramifying bougainvillea growing in a bonsai pot is a slow process.  bougainvillea growing in the ground,  regularly pruned, as in a hedge, develop dense twigs quite rapidly.    as a test, I've just planted a 2 inch wide cutting with nice shape and several 1/2 inch main branches, in a pond basket.  when it roots,  my plan is to plant it in the ground and train it as bonsai.  when secondary and tertiary branches grow and the canopy outline is established, the tree will be regularly pruned to encourage dense growth - then go back into a bonsai pot.  will the potted tree be able to sustain the dense canopy?  thats what the test is about.  as to the deadwood,  with periodic treatment,  it remains hard as a rock.

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Post  Khaimraj Seepersad on Mon Mar 17, 2014 1:52 pm

Sam,

my question would be - branch to trunk proportion - seems to be lagging behind?
You may find, thicker branches support more intensive twigging.
Thanks for posting, always interesting and educational.
Later.
Khaimraj

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Post  kauaibonsai on Tue Mar 18, 2014 6:05 am

thanks for the comment khaimarj.

just the other day I had a lively conversation with a bonsai mentor about the obstinacy of bonsai (some, not all). shoots for the development of branching necessary for future design, seem to grow everywhere except where they should. some shoots grow quickly and thicken, often in unwanted places , while well located ones remain puny all their lives - defying efforts to get them to thicken. the grower understands the theory. grow branches in proportion to the size and shape of the trunk. thicker branches on the bottom thinner branches at the top. unfortunately, some trees do not.

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