Azalea #2 - Glenn Dale 'Violetta'

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This thread will be a progression thread on the conversion of a nursery plant to a bonsai.

Azalea Group: Glenn Dale
Cultivar: 'Violetta'
Height: 3-4'
Spread: 3-4'
Growth rate: Medium
USDA Hardiness Zone: 5-8
Color of flower: Intense purplish pink
Size of flower: 2”- 2¼" (Truss has 2-3 flowers)
Bloom time: Early
Parentage: Malvaticum (SP) x Satsuki azalea (PP)

History of the Glenn Dale Group of Azaleas
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List of Glenn Dale azaleas: Glenn Dale Azaleas


Here is the azalea as is in bloom, flowers were removed to make it easier to cut back - 11MAY20
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Twin trunk style was decided based on the existing branches. The azalea was cut back fairly hard leaving key branches as future branches for the design. Leaves were left at the ends of the branches if it was possible. All cuts were sealed and key branches were wired to set their placement - 28MAY20
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The azalea has responded well to the pruning and root reduction. Adventitious buds emerged in extremely well locations - 22JUN20
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Growth continues and the azalea is showing vigor - 08JUL20
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Growth continues - 16JUL20
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Growth has exploded and branches are now ready to be cut back and rewired, wire has already begun to slightly bite in. Wire has been removed, minimal scarring from the wire can be seen - 23JUL20
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A nice unglazed shohin pot has been selected for the repotting - 24JUL20
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Nice progression. Three out of the 4 I separated and planted the end of May are still kicking.
 

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Growth continues and the azalea is showing vigor - 08JUL20
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Growth continues - 16JUL20
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Growth has exploded and branches are now ready to be cut back and rewired, wire has already begun to slightly bite in. Wire has been removed, minimal scarring from the wire can be seen - 23JUL20
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A nice unglazed shohin pot has been selected for the repotting - 24JUL20
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Very nice - so much growth!

It's a similar sort of trunk structure to mine I entered into the contest. Both your trunks look pretty straight like mine, just wondered if you have any thoughts on this?
 

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Over the course of several days time permitted I pruned back unwanted branches and cut the tips of branches kept to promote back budding. I have a few new branches wired up to set their location - 26JUL20
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The roots had to be trimmed slightly to get it to fit within the pot in a presentable manner - 26JUL20
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The tree now secured to it's new pot - 26JUL20
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Wow, that’s really coming along very nicely! The only observation I would suggest is that the more slender of the two trunks has that long straight section, but if it keeps pushing growth like this, you’ll easily be able to break that up visually with new branches. Love the flowers, too.
 

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Wow, that’s really coming along very nicely! The only observation I would suggest is that the more slender of the two trunks has that long straight section, but if it keeps pushing growth like this, you’ll easily be able to break that up visually with new branches. Love the flowers, too.
Yes, my plan is to hide that trunk with the branches and foliage.
 
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