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hi neighbor! I called the ranger station in CDA and they verified they will be issuing “transplant” permits again this year. I think it was May 1 through June 15. I found this larch just below “Cougar Peak” in the CDA forest. The only other larches I saw there were spindly little 4’ saplings, though. I’m gonna try the honeysuckle campground area this year, I think.
I'm going to go north, up around Priest Lake. I don't know the CDA forest at all.
 

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Spring is here! I have a plan to airlayer the top off of this tree. However, it was only collected late last year. Although I'm anxious to start the layering, my gut tells me to let the tree grow and develop for a season first.

Larch experts: airlayer this year, or wait till spring 2021? @M. Frary ?
 

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Spring is here! I have a plan to airlayer the top off of this tree. However, it was only collected late last year. Although I'm anxious to start the layering, my gut tells me to let the tree grow and develop for a season first.

Larch experts: airlayer this year, or wait till spring 2021? @M. Frary ?
I've never tried to layer one.
But after the foliage has extended all of the way is when I would try.
 

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I did a thing.

I still plan to AL the top portion off. It might make an interesting tree (or two) on its own. Anyways, I got lots of practice wiring! I left a lot of branches exxxxtra long because I really need to be focusing on root growth this season.


BEFORE:



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AFTER:

front (main tree)

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back (made a little cascade type thingy out of the big bulb up top)

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from underneath.
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Concept. Phase One, pre chop
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I know its a mess, but critiques are helpful!
 

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If it was my tree I would layer it off mid-way between the first branch on the left and the next mess right above it. Then you would have two potentially messed up trees to work on. Remember some of the best bonsai are made from really messed up raw material.
 

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I think that clump up top would indeed make an amazing small shohin. Not many multi-trunk tamaracks around.
 

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Do it soon. Please share the experience, they don't take long. you should be able to seperate by July.
Thank you, I truly appreciate your guidance! My concern is that this tree was only collected from the mountains in fall of last year. I was planning to allow a full season of growth before any big chops, to ensure the roots are well-established. Am I being overly cautious?
 

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If i were you i get rid of this branch at all.You d9nt need 2 apex here

Agreed. For now, since the tree is still recovering from collection, I think im gonna let everything grow for a season.
 

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Agreed. For now, since the tree is still recovering from collection, I think im gonna let everything grow for a season.
Two points: One; there will only be two apexes in that there will now be two trees instead of one. Two; when the tree was harvested is a critical piece of information that should have been pointed out earlier. Give it at least another year before making the air layer
 

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when the tree was harvested is a critical piece of information that should have been pointed out earlier
Respectfully, this entire thread chronicles the timeline of this tree, from harvest through today!
 

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Do it soon. Please share the experience, they don't take long. you should be able to seperate by July.
do these layer easy? I don't really see to much with that bulge if it were on its own. I think it looks cool now, it just needs a bit of carving some day.
 
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