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  1. brewmeister83

    The Three Serpents

    I’m going to attempt this as a three trunk for now, if it doesn’t go as well as I like then maybe a two trunk. Time will tell.
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    A Privet Story

    If you insist ;) Spring 2019: Going to let this grow and recover for one more year before I start working on it again. It responded well to my intensive TLC last year after the previous year of neglect. Foliage density is about 3x what it was beginning of 2018 (see last pic in post #86 for...
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    The Three Serpents

    Quick Spring 2019 Update: Came through the winter like a champ! Back to looking like a bush in only a year. Due to my work schedule I probably will do branch selection in the fall/next spring and begin training then. So for this year it's just fertilize and grow. Front & Right Views
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    Anyone else hear about this???

    Friend of mine just sent me this, surprised I didn't see a thread about it already on here... Bonsai thief steals $118,000 of tiny trees... My heart goes out to Mr. and Mrs. Iimura, hopefully the trees are found and returned. If not though, I can only hope that the thief listens to Mr...
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    mugo pine question

    Here ya go! Read up,it's full of good stuff: The Mugo Bible Also, search for @Vance Wood vids on youtube if you really want a demonstration on how it's done. It's how I and others learned what you can and cant do with this plant.
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    Negative JWP semi-cascade progression

    Thank you, Thank you, THANK YOU for posting this!!! I have a semi cascading exposed root mugo pine with multiple branches that I was completely lost on when it comes to styling. Now I have found my muse. I'll let you know how it turns out... in 5-10 years ;)
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    The Three Serpents

    Good Questions! Here's my thoughts: If you look in the first pic... on the left trunk just below that odd triangle cut left by a saw you can see the intended graft branch sticking out from underneath. I fully intend to open up the tissue on the cut again to set the branch, would be pointless...
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    Stupid things to reply to a beginner

    I agree! It's sooooo monotonous now that everyone's found dramatically small leaved and heavily-barked cultivars of American Oaks, Maples, Elms, Hornbeam, Ash, Beech, Walnut, and hundreds upon hundreds of other woody plants that rival or surpass Japanese material! Yup, so monotonous now that...
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    The Three Serpents

    So here's the new pics as promised, but a couple days late (fellow employee at new job had a death in the family so I volunteered to cover for a couple days, hence delay) The extensions aren't as long as I would like, but there's a lot of them on each trunk so I feel this tree has a...
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    The Three Serpents

    Thanks for the input! Can't see it in photos, but box is up on bricks supported by a couple of 2x6's perpendicular to bottom slats so it's not touching ground - so no chance of tap roots forming, just lots of fine feeder roots. I've dabbled with this species before for landscape plants and...
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    The I hate "insert tree" thread

    “Trash tree” was developed for the weeping willow in my old back yard... talk about trash! I hate them, leaves found their way through gutter guards, roots invaded and collapse drain pipes, and it constantly dropped branches big and small, had to rake before mowing every week or they’d get...
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    Neem / Hort Oil Possibly Dangerous?

    I have used it on many of the species listed above with no ill effects either... I also make a point of spraying it in the evening (same as I do with all horticultural treatments), most pollinators and beneficial bugs like wasps won’t be affected. I also avoid “leaf burn” that way, I was taught...
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    It's a Hobby part 2

    Hmmm.... and what might you implying about us New Englanders??? ;) Might be funny if he learned my grandfather raised me to watch the Giants... If he's a bull mastiff I'll have to pull out my spirit animal - a bear Some close to me know me as a teddy bear, most know me as a "gentle Ben" of...
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    It's a Hobby part 2

    In order to further my hobby/art I know I'll have to eventually contact someone and find someone to learn from, but this is easier said than done when you have a severe case of social anxiety. If you met me you'd never guess, I've gotten good at hiding it, but the truth is doing anything in a...
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    It's a Hobby part 2

    Trouble is, when you're a self taught hobbyist genuinely looking for info and you come to a place like this where there is a group of talented people giving out that golden information, and a plethora of people in another group espousing tomfoolery it can be tough to figure out what is a pearl...
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    It's a Hobby part 2

    Intense Hobbyist, although with the amount of stock I'm starting this year you'd swear I was going to start a business! Whole family is plant people, green thumb is an inherited genetic trait Almost became an art major in college, but have a bunch of art theory and history classes under my...
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    I have hit a wall with my Juniper.

    An operation like this should only be done if the tree is at peak health, and the apex should be reduced over several seasons, not all in one go. A lot of people recognize that the strength of the juniper lies in the regenerative ability of the foliage (look up Kimura's "resurrection" juniper...
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    I have hit a wall with my Juniper.

    Too Hot to do anything outside now (95 in the shade) so here's a couple ideas I came up with quick. Real Rough and dirty... Bunjin option Shimpaku-esque option Again, just spitballing, not the greatest but maybe it'll get the ol' juices flowing ;)
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    Pinus strobus- a few questions

    Love, LOVE, the character of that bark and the movement in the branching! Ok, I'm jealous, and if I had it on my bench I'd be doing the same thing - I'd use every technique at my disposal to save it. To think of that just "popping apart" one day... :eek::eek::eek: Hopefully in 40 years I can...
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    Pinus strobus- a few questions

    Adair, I’ve only ever layered maples before, do you use the same “ring bark” method, or is this one of those instances where a tourniquet or window pane would be a better fit? Also, you wouldn’t happen to know of the parentage of “Glauca” before it came to Europe would you? Been trying to...
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    Pinus strobus- a few questions

    Just to illustrate @Adair M 's point above for those new to pines wondering "how bad could a JBP/JWP graft be?"... this is a grafted JWP I picked up this year - P. parviflora "Blue Angel" - a sport of "Glauca" developed in the early 90's as "Blauer Engel" at the Hans Hachmann Nursery, Barmstedt...
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    Pinus strobus- a few questions

    Was Reading through Lenz again and came across the anecdote/observation that the only white pines with small needles he's seen were ones heavily attacked by pests - therefore a tree with most of the nutrients being sucked out of it. Incidentally, when researching the germination practices for...
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    Pinus strobus- a few questions

    I've noticed this as well, clay/rootbound pine around here invariably have shorter needles than their brethren in richer free draining soils. Has kept me from collecting several over the past few years. I did however find one stand in good free-draining soil recently that had needles only 2"...
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    The Three Serpents

    The whole process was very "dirt"-y, *ba-dum-tss*
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    The Three Serpents

    Nice, so I've got a love triangle going on here! Makes sense, this was the oldest/biggest plant on the property, the woodlands surrounding it was full of their "offspring" - guess they've been keeping "busy" over the last 40 years or so - giggidy! ;) Did leave a little DNA in that hole: handle...
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