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small elm broom

Post  andy mcconnell on Wed Jan 20, 2010 6:28 pm

from a field grown cutting
to hopefully a nice small tree these are last springs pics..bored on a cold winters day!!



















i will see this spring how the rootbase has improved


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Re: small elm broom

Post  Fuzzy on Wed Jan 20, 2010 10:38 pm

Thanks for posting Andy, Is it a Chinese Elm or a native species? Smile

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Post  andy mcconnell on Wed Jan 20, 2010 11:00 pm

hi fuzzy
it is a siberian elm ....they grow like weeds here ,they are very hardy
easy to grow,and to work with

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Post  Fuzzy on Wed Jan 20, 2010 11:20 pm

Is it true that they have a tendency to turn up their toes (Die) for no apparent reason? I read this a few times on the internet. Or is this down to poor horticultural practice? And the last question is………Do you have an idea of this trees future design? Smile

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Post  sitarbonsai on Thu Jan 21, 2010 12:02 am

wow
nice progression
you turned it into a very handsome bonsai
good job,

Justin

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Post  andy mcconnell on Thu Jan 21, 2010 12:21 am

justin.............thank you
fuzzy.. i have hundreds of these trees ..from old collected material,cuttings,air layers and seedlings,
and have lost very little in over ten years of growing
they are tough,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
future plans are typical broom style just unsure if i should keep the first branch,it is very thick
thanks andy

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Post  Jaco Kriek on Thu Jan 21, 2010 6:17 am

Hi Andy

Your first pictures were taken in April 2009, and the last one (after working on it) in Jan 2007?? Is it just maybe your date setting on the camera thats wrong?

Nice progression anyway.

Jaco



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Post  Dave Martin on Thu Jan 21, 2010 8:24 am

In reply to Fuzzy regarding the delicacy of Siberian Elms, they are as tough as old boots in the UK.

I had an allotment (for non UK members a small plot of ground hired from the local council on which to grow vegetables) in Hampshire where I planted some cuttings.....

Trouble was the roots ran riot and suckers sprung up on allotments 30 feet away, I was not popular and it did nothing to promote bonsai! Embarassed
But I got a lot of freebie rooted cuttings.
The species has a lovely bark as it matures. A good species for bonsai.

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Post  Fuzzy on Thu Jan 21, 2010 1:29 pm

Hi Dave.
I have a large elm stump that I obtained from a tree nursery recently when I first saw the tree I recognised it as an elm and was told by the proprietor that it was a Dutch elm, but I’m not sure. Confused Normally when you trim the roots and shoots on elm they tend to bleed a slimy substance. This elm
Doesn’t and looking at the above pics the bark looks similar. Do Siberian elms bleed? Anyone got a close up of a Siberian elm leaf? PLEASE. Smile

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Re: small elm broom

Post  JimLewis on Thu Jan 21, 2010 3:16 pm

That bottom branch bothers me, too. It is rather large, especially at its base. Maybe you'd want to consider an air layer just above that branch. Looks to me like that would create a much more typical and attractive broom -- and then, that branch could turn into a trunk for something else.

Or not. affraid

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Re: small elm broom

Post  Dave Martin on Thu Jan 21, 2010 5:08 pm

Fuzzy,
The Latin name is ulmus pumila here is a link to wikipedia which should assist you

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulmus_pumila

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Re: small elm broom

Post  andy mcconnell on Thu Jan 21, 2010 6:17 pm

jaco
just a lazy habit of not changing the date when i change batteries

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Re: small elm broom

Post  Fuzzy on Thu Jan 21, 2010 6:58 pm

Dave Martin wrote:Fuzzy,
The Latin name is ulmus pumila here is a link to wikipedia which should assist you

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulmus_pumila

Many thanks! Very Happy

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Post  andy mcconnell on Thu Jan 21, 2010 11:22 pm

fuzzy
the roots of these trees ooze out loads of slime when they are cut
the thickest roots bleed the most ...........i dont know what it is or what it does...but it doesnt slow down the rooting process they grow roots like crazy
andy Laughing

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Re: small elm broom

Post  Fuzzy on Fri Jan 22, 2010 11:44 am

andy mcconnell wrote:fuzzy
the roots of these trees ooze out loads of slime when they are cut
the thickest roots bleed the most ...........i dont know what it is or what it does...but it doesnt slow down the rooting process they grow roots like crazy
andy Laughing
Yes this is interesting as all other elms that I’ve worked on in this past have had this tendency. When it comes into leaf I’ll post some pic and hopefully I’ll get a conformation.

Regards Very Happy
Russ

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