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Post  bobby little on Wed Oct 14, 2009 5:49 pm

Embarassed

I got a Hawthorn piece from a nice chap name of Pete Whitcombe. Good size, nice root structure, bargain at £25. Couple of questions:

1) If I chop it back below the existing branches will it shuffle off this mortal coil as I was warned would happen to my larch?

2) If I do reduce it to Shohin size how do I reduce the size of the leaves? Will this happen naturally or is there a technique to it? I suspect fertilsers may come into it.

3) Really dumb question, which I've asked before, but got answers which assumed I'm NOT a total dipstick: will branches thicken if I cut them to the length I want, or do I leave them to grow out until the right dimensions are reched.

Answers in VERY simple (preferrably monosyllabic) terms please. I struggle to breathe and fasten my laces here folks.

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Post  Guest on Wed Oct 14, 2009 7:07 pm

Hi Bobby. Nothing dumb assed aboutyour questions. Deciduous trees can be treated differently from evergreens[ hardwood from softwood.] If your hawthorn is healthy and well established, you should be able to cut it anywhere, regardless of foliage.
Leaves will reduce with ramification.
Branches will thicken, if you cut back but not as quickly.

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Post  bobby little on Wed Oct 14, 2009 10:18 pm

I thank you. Very Happy

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Post  Henrik Stubelius on Wed Oct 14, 2009 11:42 pm

My experience with hawthorn is that they will bud everywhere when cut back hard, even on really old wood, be ruthless!

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Post  bobby little on Thu Oct 15, 2009 8:27 pm

see how stupid I am? I meant Hornbeam. what an arse I am.

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Post  JimLewis on Thu Oct 15, 2009 8:36 pm

Hornbeam bud back pretty well, too -- but maybe not a prolifically as the hawthorn would have. Smile

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Post  Guest on Thu Oct 15, 2009 10:03 pm

Hornbeam as a woodland tree has been coppiced for centuries [ cut down to the ground] Along with most of our hardwood trees, hornbeam will shoot readily from old wood.Are you sure its hornbeam this time???

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Post  bobby little on Thu Oct 15, 2009 11:22 pm

yup. Sure. Like I said got it from a nice fella call pete whitcombe at the BTA in cov in the spring. A bit baffled about what to do with it because it's a bloody funny shape, so thinking of reducing it dramatically.

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Post  Guest on Thu Oct 15, 2009 11:34 pm

Show us a pic.

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Post  Henrik Stubelius on Fri Oct 16, 2009 1:28 am

Yeah, please, I wanna see some "bloody funny" Smile

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Post  bobby little on Sun Oct 18, 2009 5:07 pm

will baddeley wrote:Show us a pic.

I'll try but I've only got a mobile phone that I can use, and the artistic eye of a bullfrog.

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Post  bobby little on Wed Oct 21, 2009 6:54 pm

bobby little wrote:
will baddeley wrote:Show us a pic.

I'll try but I've only got a mobile phone that I can use, and the artistic eye of a bullfrog.


nah. for some reason my p.c. is refusing to acknowledge the pictures of the offending hornbeam and won't upload them. suffice to say it's a darned whacky shape. I'm assuming it's best to do major choppage early spring same time as root work as the tree will be throwing lots of sap about and whatnot?

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Post  Guest on Wed Oct 21, 2009 7:02 pm

As long as you perform your chopage before you work the roots so its nice and stable inn the pot. If you just consentrate on the top and leave the roots for the following year, you will get better calousing and branch growth.

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Post  bobby little on Wed Oct 21, 2009 9:51 pm

will baddeley wrote:As long as you perform your chopage before you work the roots so its nice and stable inn the pot. If you just consentrate on the top and leave the roots for the following year, you will get better calousing and branch growth.

cheers. It's potbound though, so I'll have to hoy it into a bigger tub for the year and attend to the roots the year after.

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