Roots correction on pyracantha

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Roots correction on pyracantha

Post  Bruce Winter on Mon Apr 27, 2015 6:38 am

The roots on this small pyracantha were ridiculous, so here's what happened.




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Post  akhater on Mon Apr 27, 2015 8:36 am

I like the tree in the first picture but, then again, I much prefer the end result

well done

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Post  Jesse McMahon on Mon Apr 27, 2015 1:56 pm

Cool progression! I'm guessing those roots will develop very nicely. Thanks for sharing.

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Post  kevin stoeveken on Tue Apr 28, 2015 6:28 pm

i am trying something similar, but was curious about your method if you dont mind explaining a bit about what you did,,, Question

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Post  Bruce Winter on Wed Apr 29, 2015 6:20 am

Hi Kevin...It was just a basic layer. Top cut where I wanted the new roots to form and scraped off the cambium down to the bottom cut. The collar is the top of a blown plastic container (easy to cut) cut down the side then wiring together after placing around the trunk. I used smallish pumice mixed with milled sphagnum with live sphagnum on top. Since the plant was also in pumice it was almost impossible to over-water and the roots as you see grow out from the cut forming a nice beginning of a nebari rather than all bunched up as happens with using moss in a plastic bag. After the roots went from tender white to stronger light brown I began to feed lightly with a weak liquid fertilizer mix. I cut off the old roots after about 3 months and it's been growing well since then except when I used turface one year and almost lost it. Soon it's going into a cream colored shallow pot from Bonsai Vision.
Hope this helps. What will you be doing this on?

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Post  kevin stoeveken on Wed Apr 29, 2015 12:46 pm

i have already done it on a group of dawn redwoods who trunks i am attempting to fuse...

i wasnt looking to lose any lower roots, so i didnt do any scrapping... just a collar at soil level filled with sphagnum...
figured while the trunks are fusing, i can try to encourage some base/surface roots to build up.

so not really the same goal as you (yet) , but was still curious of your method.

thanks bruce !

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Post  Bruce Winter on Wed Apr 29, 2015 10:48 pm

Seems like surface roots would connect better through an open media rather than moss. Sounds interesting. Be sure and show us.

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Post  kevin stoeveken on Thu Apr 30, 2015 12:38 pm

mayhaps you are correct, bruce...

i have just always heard that sphagnum encourages surface roots and roots in general...

but i will be posting pics when the spring rush winds down

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