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Post  Bran Hossfield on Mon Oct 12, 2009 3:07 am

Hi! I've been reading this forum for a while now and have found it very inspiring. I'd like to share one of my trees that I worked on this year. It is an Alberta Spruce, which I now know is not the best for bonsai, but I have been using it to practice on. It is the only tree I have that I have styled, and I was hoping for some input. I feel I did a fairly decent job. Thanks for looking.



Here is a picture of it when I bought it back in april. It looked like all the other Alberta spruce at Walgreens that day.


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Post  Guest on Mon Oct 12, 2009 6:03 pm

Hi Bran. You've got the right idea with the downswept branches but what happened to the top? I would carefully try and lift one of the top front branches to make a new top to the tree.

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like this?

Post  Bran Hossfield on Mon Oct 12, 2009 8:03 pm

Like this?


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Post  Guest on Mon Oct 12, 2009 8:26 pm

Thats better, but. I was thinking more along the lines of a new leader[ straight up]. let it grow for a couple of years, to make a better transition in the taper. Be careful about any further bending in the near future as the top has been bent every which way and you might kill it.

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Re: Alberta spruce

Post  Bran Hossfield on Mon Oct 12, 2009 8:28 pm

Ah I see. I'll just stop futzing with it and leave it alone then. Thanks for the advice.

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