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creating a bonsai from an potted almond tree

Post  Christoz on Sun Apr 23, 2017 1:49 am

I have an almond tree in a pot and it has been established for a couple of seasons now, I'd like to turn it into a bonsai style tree and am wondering if it is possible and what do I do to get this happening?

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Post  my nellie on Sun Apr 23, 2017 11:49 am

Hello, Christos!
Wellcome to IBC.
No doubt you can create a bonsai almond tree.
What type of plant is your tree? I mean is it a seedling, a cutting perhaps or a collected tree?
Posting some pictures will be most helpful to get the correct answers to your query.

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Post  Christoz on Tue Apr 25, 2017 1:56 am

Hi Alexandria





Here are some images of the tree, is it possible with this tree?

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Chris

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Post  Christoz on Tue Apr 25, 2017 1:23 pm

Thanks for your reply,

This system is new to me so please bear with me while I get the hang of it.

What do I need to do next to get my almond tree trained as a bonsai?


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Post  my nellie Yesterday at 11:18 am

First thing is that you need to have an image of the bonsai tree you intend to create.
After that this is what I would do with a tree similar to yours.
You will decide to cut the original tree to the height you have in mind. I don't know how bendable the trunk is at the moment, but it needs some movement by wiring.
You need a side branch which will be your new apex. You will train your apex with an upward direction.
Let's say if you use that first branch on the left. If my eyes don't trick me I can see there is also a side branch there. So, you will wire this first branch up and this way you will also have a side branch more than the apex!
Then you will let your tree grow free as long as it wants to be!
Hopefully you should also have some new buds which will give you new shoots on the trunk.

Next year, you will shorten the apex and the branch you have created.
And you could also cut the tree back to one of those new lower branches (formed after the first cut back of the trunk) and repeat the above. New apex, new growth, prune back next season.
If you repeat this procedure for some years you will give your trunk some desired taper!

All of the above are dependent on the time of year at your country now.
I think you are going into winter. Is that so?
I suppose the tree being a deciduous is preparing to go dormant, isn't it?
You cannot do a root reduction at this moment either, if there is not enough time for the tree to recover.
So, let it collect any more energy to store to the roots and you will proceed end of winter, early summer to the above interventions plus repotting and change of substrate.
For first repotting and change of substrate, please make a search and read through the threads on here.

This tree of yours seems to be definitely grafted... I'm not an expert but this is what my eyes tell me. Wait for the experts to give an opinion on this.
Being grafted means that the base belongs to another plant, the stock plant and then there comes the grafted plant, the almond whichever variety it is.
It is too young of a tree! And another option would be to put it in the ground and let it grow some time, training the upper part, with periodically teasing and combing the roots around the base...

I'd suggest that you wait for more answers.
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Post  Christoz Yesterday at 1:27 pm


Yes it is a grafted tree, so this means it's not possible to train it in the bonsai way?

We are in autumn so, yes, I wouldn't be able to do it till springtime, if I can at all

I'll wait and see what responses I get in regard to this

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Post  my nellie Today at 8:38 am

No! You can train it by all means.
What I mean is that there will always be that bulge at the place of the layering, not aesthetically pleasing.
But at a later stage you can make some carving so that you smooth somehow the impression.
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Post  Christoz Today at 11:44 am

Oh okay, well that's great to know. As you said I can't do anything until springtime, this will give me time to study and understand exactly what I have to do to train it,

I bought the tree in the pot with the intention of keeping it in the pot, that's when I thought that maybe I could train it as a bonsai.

Will it still bear fruit? It had lots of blossoms on it in springtime

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