Collected Picea glauca- suggestions please!

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Collected Picea glauca- suggestions please!

Post  Boomer145 on Mon Sep 19, 2011 6:14 pm

Found this tree near my camp near the railroad...they beat down the foliage periodically for obvious reasons. It has created an interesting amount of deadwood and new growth. My dilemma is how to proceed (this is often my dilemma as a newbie with much material and little experience in "seeing" the next steps...). The deadwood (some of it at least) has to be profiled but I have taken off as much foliage as I dare at this point. I have seen some rather austere examples which I am considering, ie. trunk and deadwood and maybe one branch of live growth is left. There are many options here! Trunk is five inches thick at base and height currently is 24 inches.
Appreciate any suggestions,
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Post  Boomer145 on Mon Sep 19, 2011 6:20 pm

Picture is not great in terms of detail...the trunk is chopped off about two thirds up.[url=][/url]

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Post  Boomer145 on Mon Sep 19, 2011 6:22 pm

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another angle...

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Post  Boomer145 on Mon Sep 19, 2011 6:25 pm

I was considering something like what Pavel did in his posting of "Trees in September" in the Bonsai portion of this forum.

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Post  LSBonsai on Mon Sep 19, 2011 9:33 pm

Hi Jon,

Good to see an Ontario native on the forum.

It looks like your tree has the potential for a good nebari and maybe some taper, but beyond that its hard to tell from the given pics.

However, I wouldn't worry about that for now. Main focus should be survival. P. glauca can be a very finicky tree, but luckily you collected it at the right time of the year (assuming you just collected it).

If you did just collect it, don't touch it at all. Protect it well in the winter. Maybe give it a very light pruning next summer, but only if it is showing very strong growth. Collected spruce need some time to establish.

Based on the bark, it seems like a younger tree so I would say your chances are quite good if you got a decent rootball.

I would love to see more of your native collected trees. How far north are you?

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Post  Boomer145 on Tue Sep 20, 2011 3:16 pm

a2khalid nice to meet you!
I am just north of Lake Huron in Sault Ste. Marie. I have a number of trees underway...more than my wife wants to see....ha. I am in the early stages in all prospects, hoping to overwinter correctly and ensure survival and establishment before any significant styling.
I appreciate your advice and agree wholeheartedly. I will show you a few more in the spring as I have a couple beauties to collect in April/May (Jack Pine and a White pine...very old...and a very challenging collection site!).
Are you in southern ON? any clubs nearby...I do know that North Bay has one...but that's five hrs away so not there often...I do travel to Toronto fairly often for work so try to look around when there.
Cheers
Jon

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Post  LSBonsai on Tue Sep 20, 2011 10:49 pm

Awesome! Just sent you a pm Smile

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