Carpinus Betulus

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Carpinus Betulus

Post  Guest on Mon Jan 17, 2011 10:45 am

I have a Carpinus Betulus.....I would like to make a better neabari on the tree ( trunksice 5.5 cm.)
Does this tree respond well to layering?. Answers is very much appreciated.

Kind regards Yvonne

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Re: Carpinus Betulus

Post  Loke Emil on Mon Jan 17, 2011 12:54 pm

Hi Yvonne

Have a look at this link: about airlayering a common hornbeam. This should answer to your question ;-)

http://www.cherryblossombonsai.co.uk/AirLayer.htm

However, to improve nebari also include widening the base of the trunk: I would concider using the gauge method, since the tree is in a pot and therefore can be exposed to the sun from all sides. I have an old "Bonsai Today" article featuring the gauge method on beeches: If you like, I can send it to you.

hm! EDIT: Maybe it would be better and more interesting (as a precaution) to find the answer yourself by experimenting with nebari-lines and learning how to 'control' airlayering on a young (expendable) hornbeam to start with.

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Re: Carpinus Betulus

Post  my nellie on Mon Jan 17, 2011 3:25 pm

I have a question after reading the above mentioned link to the layering of a carpinus.
After cutting the layer and potting it, I wonder, will those tiny roots be able to support all that growth? I mean, is there a need for the growth to be pruned back to some extent?

Loke Emil wrote: .... ... I have an old "Bonsai Today" article featuring the gauge method on beeches: If you like, I can send it to you.
... ....
If I may kindly ask if this is possible to forward to me some scanned copy of the relative pages, too....? You see, I have an English Beech and I am interested in what you are descibing.
In case this is not causing much trouble to you, please notify me and I will send to you pm with my e-mail address.

Thank you in advance!


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Re: Carpinus Betulus

Post  Loke Emil on Mon Jan 17, 2011 4:11 pm

Hi Nell

I will gladly send you a copy of this particular article. To answer your question right away...The method described in the link could be supported by some pruning if done to a well established tree. The gauge method, if done correctly on an otherwise healthy tree, involves a two year process, in which the new roots are pruned once or twice before separating the airlayer from the old rootsystem. This is done to obtain a new rootsystem that will be able to fully sustain a healthy growth on its own, hence no need to prune back. However, this technique reguires carefull timing and planning according to your own climate zone etc. - to gain all benefits.

I'll pm you later... ;-)

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Re: Carpinus Betulus

Post  my nellie on Mon Jan 17, 2011 4:58 pm

I feel greatly obliged for the information provided to answer my question as well as for your kind response to my request!
Thank you very much, Loke Emil!

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