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Post  kingbean on Mon Feb 07, 2011 7:24 pm

Can anyone help me ?
I need some advice on what to do with my cryptomerias
Do I plant them in to slightly larger pots and let them grow on for a while if so
Can you please give me some advice on where to go from here .
Regards Shane. confused

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Post  Kev Bailey on Mon Feb 07, 2011 7:51 pm

I have found Cryptomeria a more challenging subject to grow well than most. Particularly if you want to emulate the style that they are traditionally grown in, with dense upturned pads. They tend to abort branches unpredictably and require good feeding and constant attention to pinching back in order to ramify.

They do thicken really well if you can sort out the roots and plant on a slab in a garden bed. Trunk thickening is much more rapid and chops are necessary to create taper. They are one conifer that does sprout new growth from old wood. A long term project.

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Post  kingbean on Mon Feb 07, 2011 8:06 pm

Thanks kev I believe these to be 10 yrs old.
So to start training branches would I just start to pinch out the tips and
Are they suited to the formal style ?

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Post  Kev Bailey on Mon Feb 07, 2011 8:13 pm

Yes and yes. They are often grown as formal upright. You could achieve that thickness with denser growth, in three years in the ground though!

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Post  kingbean on Mon Feb 07, 2011 8:20 pm

Ok so to strengthen the bottom do I just chop the top ?

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Post  Kev Bailey on Mon Feb 07, 2011 8:29 pm

Yes and grow lots of low sacrifice branches. Keep some shorter or develop new ones later.

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