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Post  kellyronald6 on Sun Jul 06, 2014 2:51 pm

I have enjoyed this forum for a while now and I am amazed at how easy the members  make it look. I see you post pics of trees that you recently acquired and how you want them to look, and then I see the tree a few years down the road, and again I am amazed that how the branches grow exactly where you wanted them to. I grow a tree and only by luck will a branch grow where I want it to. My question is how can I get a branch grow where I want it to? Is there a secret no one wants us newbies to know?

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Post  bonsaisr on Sun Jul 06, 2014 3:46 pm

Please be more specific. Which do you mean: How to get a new branch to grow where there isn't any? Or how to get an existing branch to grow in the right direction?
The answer to the second question is wiring. When you style a tree, you wire most of the branches. Then you bend them where you want them to grow. You remove the wire just before it starts to cut in. With some trees, this process has to be repeated several times before the branches stay in place.
For the first question, there are two options. On some trees, like Chinese elms, you cut back the existing branches. If you're lucky, a new branch will sprout where you want one. On trees that don't bud back easily, you put a thread graft where you want a new branch. If you Google on Thread Graft, I'm sure you will find instructions. http://www.bonsai4me.com/AdvTech/ATthreadgrafting.htm
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Post  Guest on Sun Jul 06, 2014 5:32 pm

Hi Kellyronald

Show us a photo of the tree, from the side were you want a branch to grow....and a closeup of the area, also let us know what kind of tree it is.

kind regards Yvonne

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Sometimes it takes a lot of time!

Post  lennard on Sun Jul 06, 2014 6:24 pm

kellyronald6 wrote:I am amazed that how the branches grow exactly where you wanted them to. .............only by luck will a branch grow where I want it to.

I have waited 4 years for this bud/twig to grow:



With luck it grew out exactly where I wanted it  Very Happy 

There are other grafting options, but I do not have much experience on it.

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Post  kellyronald6 on Sun Jul 06, 2014 10:34 pm

I have tried everything to upload a picture, but nothing seems to work. it is a new branch closer to the trunk. I am trying to grow a new top.

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Branch Placement. Here is the picture

Post  kellyronald6 on Sun Jul 06, 2014 10:38 pm


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Re: Branch placement

Post  PaulH on Tue Jul 08, 2014 5:09 am

Some of the "tricks":

1. Super feed the tree to promote budding supplementing with Ingredients high in cytokinins, such as seaweed, plant hormones that stimulate budding.
2. Thread graft
3. Approach graft.
4. Move branches from other areas and fake it.

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Post  kellyronald6 on Tue Jul 08, 2014 9:32 pm

I have been feeding it like crazy, and cutting back on it pretty hard. I am trying to grow a new top. I want the new branch to grow about where the wire starts.

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Re: Branch placement

Post  Peter E. on Tue Jul 08, 2014 10:24 pm

Chop of the wired branch.
It should bud there again.

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Post  Guest on Tue Jul 08, 2014 10:38 pm

Peter E. wrote:Chop of the wired branch.
It should bud there again.

like this....


kind regards Yvonne

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Post  kellyronald6 on Wed Jul 09, 2014 1:06 am

Is it alright to do that this time of year? It is already in the Mid 90's in central Texas.

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Re: Branch placement

Post  Guest on Wed Jul 09, 2014 7:47 am

I can see new soft growth from other branches, it is telleing me it is not to late...if you think there is still more new Growth to to grow this summer, is it not a problem, maybe with a little help from fertilicer...othervise wait to next spring.

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