Selective seedlings for better branching - Tamarind research

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Selective seedlings for better branching - Tamarind research

Post  Khaimraj Seepersad on Tue Sep 21, 2010 4:21 pm

Hello to All,

apologies if this is too Tropical.

Going on the idea that one can improve the branching of a tree by selecting seedlings, and maybe also get smaller leaves naturally, which get even sensibly smaller as defoliation is applied.

I found this seedling last year and it had more branches than the others in the vicinity.

To focus on branching I deliberately grew the seedling on in a small bonsai pot. To date there are about 17 branches and a few others were removed to improve the branch placements and negative space.

Soil is mame grade sifted all - crushed red brick, some normal perlite and compost / cocopeat.
Fertilizer is a weak solution of lawn fertilizer and in the wet season osmocote type pellets.

I am going to try and increase the trunk to about 2 inches, keep the height around 12 inches, see how much I can shrink the leaves, while also keeping the branchlets fine and many.

Though I have a few trees at the 2 to 3 ', I work on the idea that I will get old and will have no help to re-pot my trees. So I stay around 15 inches and smaller, plus pots are cheaper or I can make them in my test kiln. I also like the smaller trees.
Unfortunately, I have yet to find the tropical tree with the quality of say a Chinese Elm.
Mind you Pemphis and the Clerodendrum species from Barbados are exceptional. Unfortunately in my yard is some unseen bug that kills the Clerodendrum.

I leave the reader two images of Tarmarinds and a drawing.
Feel free to comment, yay or nay.
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Post  Khaimraj Seepersad on Tue Sep 21, 2010 4:26 pm

2nd attempt.
Drawing to help clarify.
Will defoliate safely next year and redraw.


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Post  Khaimraj Seepersad on Tue Sep 21, 2010 4:31 pm

Here is another attempt using a stump to create a small tree.
I have left the tree out of the pot to show how I re-create a core. This is my attempt to make sure the tree remains healthy, with a permanently freely draining mix, inorganic and can accept compost as it filters down.

14 inches in height
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Post  Khaimraj Seepersad on Wed Sep 22, 2010 4:20 pm

I have asked to show the top and 2 sides of the first Tamarind.
I idea behind the 1,2 ,3 , or the volume of the tree.
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Post  Khaimraj Seepersad on Wed Sep 22, 2010 4:22 pm

Side 1


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Post  Khaimraj Seepersad on Wed Sep 22, 2010 4:23 pm

side 2

And those pinkish shoots are new growth.
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