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Post  dorothy7774 on Thu Nov 12, 2009 6:29 pm

Podocarpus Macrophyllus, 12 inches tall:


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Post  Pavel Slovák on Thu Nov 12, 2009 6:39 pm

Hi Dorothy. Very promising tree. Beautiful work on dead wood. Very Happy Congratulations, best regards Pavel S.

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Post  JimLewis on Thu Nov 12, 2009 7:04 pm

Goodness I'm glad you posted this lovely little tree!

I have a 60-year-old Podocarpus that I dug from my daughter's house in St. Petersburg and took up to Tallahassee -- and now, for some very obscure reason, up here in western North Carolina. I've had it for 5 years. It weighs as much as I do. The base at soil level is 12 inches.

It's still alive and still outdoors. So far it has weathered 8 inches of snow and temps of 13 degrees up here.

But I cannot get it to backbud. It has these pom poms of foliage at the top -- period. It puts out prolific new growth every summer, but only at the ends of old growth.



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Post  EdMerc on Thu Nov 12, 2009 8:13 pm

Dorthy, that is just stunning. What an inspiring tree. That just motivates me to get moving on my old landscape poddy. The Mrs. has already told me to get rid of it. It's a win-win.

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Post  Russell Coker on Fri Nov 13, 2009 12:19 am

Beautiful carving, D!

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Post  dorothy7774 on Fri Nov 13, 2009 1:30 pm

Thanks guys! Jim, you are lucky the podocarpus is still doing well in those temperatures, but I assume you know that. Wink
In order to get it to backbud or develop ramification you "decandle" the new growth. You can also cut back to old growth and it will shoot new buds. Then you eliminate the buds you don't need. The training is basically the same as with JBP. I even "plug" old "needles" once they crowd the areas to let air in and to avoid bug investation.

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Post  Joao Santos on Fri Nov 13, 2009 1:52 pm

Very nice indeed dorothy
beautiful tree and very nice photo Very Happy

You've cut some foliage... to reduce or to save plant's energy?

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Post  dorothy7774 on Fri Nov 13, 2009 2:19 pm

Joao Santos wrote:Very nice indeed dorothy
beautiful tree and very nice photo Very Happy

You've cut some foliage... to reduce or to save plant's energy?

JS

Just to reduce the leaves, Joao, thanks.

-dorothy

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Post  Guest on Fri Nov 13, 2009 2:32 pm

Yet again I don't know much about this species but is'nt it closely related to Yew? Jim, how about you cut that branch by half in the spring. If its anything like Yew it'll bud everywhere!!

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Post  JimLewis on Fri Nov 13, 2009 6:05 pm

Well, Podocarpus and Taxus (Yew) are in the same Order (Pinales -- including pines) but different families. So, related, but not closely.

In my experience when you cut a branch in half on this species you get a new site for a future jin.

Dorothy . . . I've been pinching new growth as soon as it appears. I get lots of growth around the site I pinched, but nothing lower on the branch or trunk.

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Post  anttal63 on Sun Nov 15, 2009 1:37 am

another rippa dorothy, you're on fire!!! thanks for sharing cheers

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Post  dorothy7774 on Sun Nov 15, 2009 1:53 am

JimLewis wrote:..
Dorothy . . . I've been pinching new growth as soon as it appears. I get lots of growth around the site I pinched, but nothing lower on the branch or trunk.

Okay, I thought you just meant ramification, Jim. To backbud on older branches you need to not pinch the new growth but let it grow out as much as you can and then cut it back to the last leaves (I always leave some foliage on when cutting back, it's just safer). The pinching of new growth will only initiate backbudding on the green part of the branch and around the cut.

Good luck (That is probably the most crucial "advice".. Wink ..)

-dorothy

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Post  JimLewis on Sun Nov 15, 2009 2:12 am

Many TNX. Assuming it makes it to another spring, I'll give it a try.

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Post  Alain Bertrand on Wed Nov 18, 2009 6:36 am

will baddeley wrote:Yet again I don't know much about this species but is'nt it closely related to Yew?
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Post  Guest on Wed Nov 18, 2009 9:09 am

Thanks for the info Alain.

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Post  Justin Hervey on Thu Nov 19, 2009 9:02 am

Love the tree Dorothy.
We have great specimens in the wild here in SA (latifolius, elongatus, falcatus), but I have never ventured to collect as they apparently do not tolerate extensive root pruning. Although, Jim, yours certainly looks like a collected tree.
Could you shed any light?

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Post  JimLewis on Thu Nov 19, 2009 12:55 pm

Mine was planted in 1947 at the side of what is now my daughter's home in St. Pete Beach, Fla. I dug it up a couple of days after Christmas, 2004.

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Post  dorothy7774 on Fri Nov 20, 2009 2:11 am

Justin Hervey wrote:Love the tree Dorothy.
We have great specimens in the wild here in SA (latifolius, elongatus, falcatus), but I have never ventured to collect as they apparently do not tolerate extensive root pruning. Although, Jim, yours certainly looks like a collected tree.
Could you shed any light?

Justin,

the older the tree, the more you might have to plan ahead before collecting.Depending on the age and size of the tree you might need to root prune it (spade) during collecting season in the year prior to the actual collecting. It is much safer then to collect them and keep them alive.

-dorothy

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Post  Justin Hervey on Fri Nov 20, 2009 8:24 am

Thanks Dorothy, would you remove an equivalent portion of the upper tree at the same time as the first root cutting?

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Post  dorothy7774 on Fri Nov 20, 2009 5:17 pm

Justin Hervey wrote:Thanks Dorothy, would you remove an equivalent portion of the upper tree at the same time as the first root cutting?

Not neccessarily the equivalent, Justin, just the parts you know you won't need. The tree would be fine either way, wether you remove any branches or not.

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Post  ponsmaldo on Wed Aug 24, 2011 5:06 am

dorothy7774 wrote:
JimLewis wrote:..
Dorothy . . . I've been pinching new growth as soon as it appears. I get lots of growth around the site I pinched, but nothing lower on the branch or trunk.

Okay, I thought you just meant ramification, Jim. To backbud on older branches you need to not pinch the new growth but let it grow out as much as you can and then cut it back to the last leaves (I always leave some foliage on when cutting back, it's just safer). The pinching of new growth will only initiate backbudding on the green part of the branch and around the cut.

Good luck (That is probably the most crucial "advice".. Wink ..)

-dorothy
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