My first Azalea project

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My first Azalea project

Post  katsols on Wed Apr 04, 2012 4:02 am

Ok so finally after months of research and great help on this forum i bought myself today a Coral bells azalea. It is a Kurume hybrid.

Right now it looks beautiful, so i'm gonna wait for it to go out of bloom before i start pruning it.

Here are some small branches that will need to be cut off.


And i think i found the "Dominant branch" or trunk

Hopefully i'll get it to be semi cascade. I'll need lots of aluminum wire.

So what do you guys think? =] any advice on where to start would be great.
p.s. i just purchased Kanuma soil also.


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Re: My first Azalea project

Post  GaryWood on Wed Apr 04, 2012 4:33 am

Kat, before you do any pruning, take it out of the pot and clean the surface down to the substantial "woody" roots to see how much trunk and where the best rootage is. Nursery grown plants are notorious for being planted deep with quite a bit of trunk beneath the soil line.
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Re: My first Azalea project

Post  katsols on Wed Apr 04, 2012 4:54 am

GaryWood wrote:Kat, before you do any pruning, take it out of the pot and clean the surface down to the substantial "woody" roots to see how much trunk and where the best rootage is.
Yes sir will do! =] thanks

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Re: My first Azalea project

Post  katsols on Wed Apr 04, 2012 6:05 am

I'm also considering growing this azalea in a pot so it could get a little bigger.

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Re: My first Azalea project

Post  fiona on Wed Apr 04, 2012 9:17 am

Gary's advice is sound and your own thinking on growing it on in a big training pot is also good. Will you use your Kanuma for that? If so, if you live in a rainy climate as I do, watch it doesn't go to mush with too much water as has been my experience.

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Hi katsol

Post  tap pi lu on Wed Apr 04, 2012 11:52 am

Your tree may be several plants in a pot

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Re: My first Azalea project

Post  Glaucus on Wed Apr 04, 2012 7:15 pm

It may indeed be that these are several cuttings planted in the same pot. Their roots wille very likely be impossible to untanngle. If you cut the root ball apart so each cutting is separated, a lot of roots will be lost. It might kill one of them if you do this.
An alternative is to cut pie pieces out of the rootball and let new healthy roots grow there and see if you can separate the cuttings at a later stage.

As for design, it is all up to you. Even if you make a lot of pictures, we will never be able to see how the brach structure really is.
Cascade of course can be done, but remember that a good cascade really has to cascade a lot. You can't really bend older azalea branches a lot.

You will have to prune what you have no back a lot. There will be thick branches that aren't needed in your design. They need to be pruned before they cause reverse taper.
You also need to decide on how tall and how fat a trunk you want. If you decide to do a single trunk it likely won't have a lot of movement. And then you really need good taper to have a strong bonsai. That may mean growing and pruning sacrificial branches for quite some years.
If you want something on a shorter term you should probably do something a bit less conventional. Azalea give you a lot of artistic freedom.

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