Getting a Ginkgo.......

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Getting a Ginkgo.......

Post  GerhardGerber on Mon May 16, 2011 5:04 pm

......out of the nursery bag...

Hi All

I've bought more that a few new (nursery material) trees recently, so I've got all these trees waiting to be killed in the move to a development pot come spring (late August here)

I've had a hard battle to stop myself from buying a Crabapple, I want one bad but they are expensive, and the fact that they are pest-prone stopped me so far.
So yesterday I bought a Ginkgo Biloba Cool

This is a species I've considered (and wanted) for a long time, very much an accident that I found some for sale, and it was marked with a tag marked "120".....which is the price....and that's it Laughing

Sorry for the ramble...

I've done some reading, I know what to expect, and if you'll excuse me for saying so, the fact that this tree will likely never be a bonsai in my lifetime is obvious, I just want it in a bonsai pot, healthy and come fall it must put up a show. Cool

I saw that they tend to have a tap root when young and develop side roots later in life.

-Can I safely bare root come spring?
-how much root work will they tolerate?

I'm likely going to over-pot it anyway, but since I can't expect much development/growth I want it in a bonsai pot, therfore the roots are a concern.

The tree is about 1.5cm in diameter at the base, good movement in the trunk, low branches and buds, and a very apparent new leader.....so I've chopped it already.

Thanks
Gerhard

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Re: Getting a Ginkgo.......

Post  Russell Coker on Mon May 16, 2011 8:49 pm

GerhardGerber wrote:

-Can I safely bare root come spring?
-how much root work will they tolerate?


Probably, and usually quite a bit. But many factors influence the answers to those questions.

How about a picture so we can see what you're working with?

R

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Re: Getting a Ginkgo.......

Post  GerhardGerber on Tue May 17, 2011 9:27 am

Hi Russel

It's now officially winter here and thanks to daylight savings time I get home after dark so photos are problematic, I can make a plan this weekend.
I understand the request for a photo Very Happy , but I have to admit it's a stick, and if the last 3 yellow leaves fall off it'll be 100% stick for 3 more months.

I'm a bit stressed about my newest purchaces (Gingko, Prunus, Melaleuca) still in nursery bags, August is not that far away and I'm unsure of the strategy since I don't know what the roots are like.
It comes down to root pruning and a shallower development pot, or wire tourniquet and deeper pot.

I killed 5 x Liquidamber and 2 x Canadian plums recently getting them into development pots, The Melaleuca is heavily rootbound and the other species are new to me.

Will get back with that photo, thanks

Gerhard

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Here we go

Post  GerhardGerber on Thu May 19, 2011 10:11 am



Here's the photo.

As you can (just barely) see there are some feeder roots close to the surface.
Problem is I don't know if they're still alive, I topped up the soil as soon as I got home, but these roots were sitting exposed due to rough watering at the nursery.

Not much I know, like I said I's settle for a stick in a pot with nice autum colour, not much other choice for now. Laughing

Cheers
Gerhard

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Re: Getting a Ginkgo.......

Post  Rui Marques on Mon Mar 19, 2012 4:45 pm

How is this ginkgo going on so far?

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