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Re: Spruce pruning

Post  Vitusus on Mon Apr 02, 2018 3:45 pm





Hello everyone, today I repotted my spruce, the pot was full of roots, everything entangled, so it was about time.

The one thing I would like to work on this year is bringing the foliage closer to the trunk, the tree has quite a lot of buds placed a bit closer to the trunk, so once all of them open and the first flush of growth hardens, I'll do some pruning to make it a bit more compact.

One thing I am worried about though is the fact that on most levels, there are usually two branches at the same height but I am not sure about whether to cut some of them or not, I still think that would be too little of them left on the tree and it wouldn't look good. What do you think?

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Re: Spruce pruning

Post  AlainK on Mon Apr 02, 2018 5:29 pm

Yes, it's a bit of a problem, although perhaps a bonsai doesn't really have to match all the norms of Japanese bonsai.

Having it backbud on 1,2,3 year-old branches requires "advanced" technique (google "Harrington + picea), and it's even more difficult on older branches.

But it's got a promissing nebari. Perhaps bending down the branches even more (a 30° angle to the trunk) would give an impression it fills out more: picture yourself an umbrella. When it's open, then when you unfold it it looks as if there's more fabric between the "spokes", the "rods", whatever you call them Wink
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