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Post  Kubilai66 on Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:40 pm

Hi there, first off sorry for my bad english and if im too noob but it has to start somewhere.
So basically i have a 1month chestnut tree that sprouted randomly and i cant have a big ass tree in a balcony so i wanted to try doin my first bonsai (actually not the first, i had 4 months-cutting pine but my cat ate it). It was in a 5cm pot so iv repotted and cut 2/3 of the taproot cause its already 23cm tall.
Questions are:
Can i start wiring even if the trunk isnt woody?
Should i defoliate/cut the top already?
Which leaves shouls i cut?
Thanks a lot

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Post  Kevin S - Wisco Bonsai on Tue Dec 04, 2018 5:46 pm

do nothing except grow it...
fatten the trunk...
let some branches develop...
keep the cat away...

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Re: Noob questions

Post  Kubilai66 on Tue Dec 04, 2018 7:26 pm

kevin stoeveken wrote:do nothing except grow it...
fatten the trunk...
let some branches develop...
keep the cat away...
Haha i was expecting something like that
But if i cut the top wouldnt it get fatter faster?
Thanks for the reply

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Re: Noob questions

Post  Marty Weiser on Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:01 pm

It will fatten faster if the allowed unrestrained growth of the leader. The downside of this is that it creates a thicker trunk with no taper so you will need to cut it back and create a new leader or get some lower sacrifice branches to grow to develop some taper.

Your next steps really depend upon the size and shape of tree you want.
- Just let it grow if you want a larger tree, particularly if it will become something like a broom or plan to cut it back low and grow another leader
- Let it grow a bit more than then wire in some curves if you want a larger informal upright
- Wire in some fairly tight curves with the wire as loose as possible and let it grow if you want a shorter curved trunk tree. What for wire scarring - you may need to rewire
In all cases you will need to cut back and grow some new leaders/branches to create a tree with some taper.

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