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Post  kenp on Mon Mar 26, 2012 5:28 am

pulled this hinoki cypress out of the bone yard of a locate garden center. They basically gave it to me. It is 50 inches from soil to tip and about 10 inches in circumference at its base. The foliage is very sparse with numerous bits of dead foliage. I figured I would try to save the tree and at least nurse it back to a more vigorous state. It it turned into decent bonsai material later then so much the better. The soil is very hard and clay like and it is balled and burlapped. Should I plant it in the ground or should I put in a box with a well draining bonsai mix?


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Post  kenp on Mon Mar 26, 2012 5:31 am

Here is a photo of the base of the trunk


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Post  JimLewis on Mon Mar 26, 2012 1:02 pm

I'd cut it where marked, then plant it in the ground. Fertilize well and regularly and give it plenty of water over the coming summer.


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Post  kenp on Tue Mar 27, 2012 1:57 am

Thank you Jim. That's what I'll do. Appreciate the help.

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Post  Seth Ellwood on Sat Mar 31, 2012 1:31 am

I agree however I have has little to no success getting these to back bud.

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Post  kenp on Sun Apr 01, 2012 7:39 pm

Based on everything I have read I would agree I cannot count on it backbudding. I fully realize this tree may turn out to be a complete non-starter but since they were practically paying me to take it off their hands I figured I would see what I could do with it. I have already learned a great deal by studying up on the tree so I'd say it has already been of value to me.

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