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Giant Japanese maple project

Post  kohaku on Tue Jun 17, 2014 7:22 pm

This maple was part of my garden for many years untill i decide a few months ago to digg it up and start a new project. (acer palmatum atropurpureum cultivar )
Base of the trunk is about 25cm and the hight is now 75cm.(i have to lower the top a bit in future after re-growt of this part of the trunk)
The first 2 months i left some big branches to be sure the wounds didn't die back. After i saw some new buds and growt of many new small shoots i also cut all of this branches. (small new callus edges on the wounds are also beginning to grow so i'm sure there will be no die back)

I put it in a big pot....and now let it grow free for some time...(only pushing the new shoots in an horizontal direction) .i'll see wat future will bring;-)

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Post  Guest on Tue Jun 17, 2014 9:25 pm

Hi Kohaku

I try to understand why you removed the 3 very nice placed, and in nice proportions to the trunk lowest branches, but the tree look healthy, and good luck with it, as I can see you have a idea of how to make the tree in the future...a trunksice is meassured on the trunk right ower the roots, so your trunksice is a bit wider than the can next to it.

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Post  kohaku on Tue Jun 17, 2014 10:09 pm

Yvonne,

The removed branches would only be usefull if i wanted to make a bonsai with 3 base branches......(i'll never manage to create more branches from the trunk in the correct proportions to the removed ones)
My interest is going to a bonsai with more branches in future wich i can grow as i want...( i'll let them grow longer and thicker at the lowest part of the tree, and make them denser to the top part..
Yes it will take some years......but the way i see it.....i think it will become a better tree without the thick straight branches..
The tree can grow without pruning now for a longer time and after this i'll make a new branch selection.
The new buds that appear now...will give me a lot of potential in selecting this new branches and as i can see now ,extra graftings will not be necessary.

The 25cm trunkbase is measured just above the soil.

thx for your reply.



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Post  Guest on Wed Jun 18, 2014 11:43 am

Yes, bonsai take time, and you have your plans, so not realy any reason to talk about what could have ben done with the 3 branches...we could have had fun to have this discussion before they were taken off ....ofcourse their would have ben more branches in the future, and not just the 3.
For the generel understanding of how to meassure a trunksice, is this the right place to take it, on a trunk like this, with a nebari like this


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Post  kohaku on Wed Jun 18, 2014 12:12 pm

Hi Yvonne

Trunksice at your marking is abouth 17 cm.

And yes you're right .....the big branches are gone.. Very Happy ...I'll be to focussing on the new shoots.

regards

Kohaku




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Post  Guest on Wed Jun 18, 2014 2:12 pm

Impressive trunksice  Smile ...look forward to updates

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A few weeks later..

Post  kohaku on Mon Jul 21, 2014 5:33 pm

After the firtst shoots were growing long enough.....i made several approach graftings wich will now grow freely the rest of the season .
I also lowered the top of the tree.































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Re: Giant Japanese maple project

Post  GerhardGerber on Wed Jul 23, 2014 7:05 am

Amazing, thanks  Cool 

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Post  Neli on Thu Jul 24, 2014 3:36 pm

You will have lots of fun developing it...it will be a fab tree.

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Post  Moreno on Thu Jul 24, 2014 4:02 pm

Nice tree! I look foward to see it in some years!

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Post  kohaku on Mon Jul 28, 2014 11:44 pm

Ok THX,
I enjoy this trunk every day when i see .it's new branches growing rapidly , and the edges of the wounds are also healing as expected All the graftings are doing well so far....
Japanese maples are always fun...and easy to work with....
I love them.. ;-)



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Post  rrubberbandman on Tue Jul 29, 2014 1:10 pm

I have tried collecting "wild" american hornbeams with the same amount of root base as you did with this maple and have yet to be able to keep one alive!
Great looking prospect!
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the tree at the beginning of the 2nd growing season

Post  kohaku on Wed Mar 11, 2015 10:18 pm

let the spring begin  :-)
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i'll try to post some better pics in a few weeks when leaves are growing

Post  kohaku on Wed Mar 11, 2015 10:54 pm

suggestions welcome...

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Post  LanceMac10 on Wed Mar 11, 2015 11:15 pm

Time Machine. Gonna be an incredible tree!

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Post  Dave Murphy on Thu Mar 12, 2015 12:29 am

Fewer branches in the lower 2/3 of the trunk...the ones that remain need to thicken a lot.

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Post  f1pt4 on Thu Mar 12, 2015 2:46 am

Thanks for your progression. It's gonna be an awesome tree!


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Post  Dirk Hoorelbeke on Fri Mar 13, 2015 7:44 pm

let it explode and gain strengths this year. Don't cut. Next year repot in bigger pot for a few years. Spend time on health early... save time later... Like the tree... a lot

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Post  kohaku on Fri Mar 13, 2015 10:24 pm

Dave,

Yep..... maybe later, some of the  lower branches have to go......for now i'll keep all braches .
Some of them are approach grafted and others are grafted true the trunk......(most are natural  Smile   Gaftings true the trunk were almost always succesfull on my other maples in the past. The approach graftings were not always a succes.....so i'll make the choise of branches in a later stadium.
On this tree i see the approach ones are already thicker were they come out of under the pieces of wood i used to keep them on place. They were made  in late summer last year.....so gives me hope   Laughing

Dirk,

Yeaah......this one has to GROW for a period without cutting. especially the lower parts and the trunkleader   will be left alone for a longer time.

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the graftings as they are now

Post  kohaku on Sat Mar 14, 2015 11:56 am














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Re: Giant Japanese maple project

Post  kevin stoeveken on Sat Mar 14, 2015 1:15 pm

fascinatingly instructional !!!

this is one i will look forward to updates on over the years.

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Re: Giant Japanese maple project

Post  kohaku on Sat Mar 14, 2015 2:32 pm

THX Kevin... Very Happy




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Re: Giant Japanese maple project

Post  fredman1 on Sat Mar 14, 2015 8:23 pm

I like this thread very much. Absolutely love the tree. Very well done. Watching with great anticipation. Thanks for updating Very Happy

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Post  marc74 on Mon Mar 16, 2015 8:54 pm

Very cool and inspiring hopefully one day i can start on such a project

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spring color

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