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Barbados Cherry

Post  Ronald kelly on Wed Feb 17, 2010 6:56 pm

I have had this tree for 3 years now and I want to thicken the trunk, but I do not know what will happen to all the roots that will be above ground . Is there something I can do to keep the root system the way it is? Any help would be greatly appreciated

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Re: Barbados Cherry

Post  landerloos on Wed Feb 17, 2010 9:32 pm

If you want a "fatter" trunk the arial roots wil fatten aswell, dont think you can stop them from fusing together, arial roots are like branches and they wil get more fat in time.

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Re: Barbados Cherry

Post  Marlon Machado on Thu Feb 18, 2010 6:13 pm

Repot your plant into a colander (kitchen utensil for draining pasta) of suitable size. Use a very open soil mix for the colander. before potting the tree, make one or two bigger holes at the bottom of the colander. Select one or two roots from the tree which are long, and located in a position which will not affect the shape of the root mass. Thread these roots through the holes in the colander. Pot the tree in the colander, you will have one or more long roots coming out of the bottom of the colander. Then, place these roots in a training pot filled with rich compost. The colander will sit on top of the other bigger pot. The idea is that the roots going through the colander will grow and spread in the training pot, drawing energy to the plant above, while the roots in the colander, growing in a less rich soil, will not grow much. The roots escaping through the holes in the colander will thick considerably, helping to thicken the trunk and branches of the tree. These are sacrifice roots, and when the tree gets to the desired thickness, you will cut these roots and repot the tree back into a bonsai pot.

For this technique to work, you will also need to allow one or more lower branches to grow unchecked, while keeping the remaining branches under control. These unchecked branches are the branches which will grow wild and help thicken the trunk of the tree, this strong growth supported by the sacrifice roots. These branches are also sacrifice branches, and you will cut them out at their base once the tree has achieved the desired thickness. These sacrifice branches should be located on the back of the tree, so that the scars after you cut them will not be visible from the front of the tree.

I hope this helps.

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Marlon Machado
Bahia, Brazil.

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Re: Barbados Cherry

Post  John Quinn on Fri Feb 19, 2010 12:19 am

Interesting approach, Marlon!

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Re: Barbados Cherry

Post  jrodriguez on Mon Feb 22, 2010 4:06 pm

Ronald,

Malpighia Pendiculata or what you refer to as barbados cherry is and extremely slow grower. The colander method will not work with this species. I suggest for your to place the tree in a big pot and let it grow. With time a bigger trunk will develop. If you want to try out a faster malpighia, try to find M. Glabra or Punicifolia. These develop hefty trunks.

also, beware of sacrificial branches on malpighia. If unchecked, sap withdrawal will occur.

On another note, malpighias are prone to nematodes. In order to prevent this, place some crushed crab, lobster or shrimp shell on the mix. The microorganisms that feed on these will also feed on whatever nematodes are present in the soil.

Kind regards,
Jose Luis

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Re: Barbados Cherry

Post  pine queen on Mon Feb 22, 2010 6:02 pm

jrodriguez wrote:Ronald,


On another note, malpighias are prone to nematodes. In order to prevent this, place some crushed crab, lobster or shrimp shell on the mix. The microorganisms that feed on these will also feed on whatever nematodes are present in the soil.

Kind regards,
Jose Luis


You learn something everyday....good one Jose Luis!

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