Foliage management for Alaskan Yellow Cedar aka cypress etc.

Discussion in 'Other Conifers' started by Riversedgebonsai, Nov 14, 2017 at 12:34 PM.

  1. I am interested in hearing from someone who has experience with foliage management techniques specific to this species. I am aware that there is debate over the classification and how to handle the foliage. I am working with a collected specimen that is ready for refining the foliage.
     
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  3. Ryan Huston

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    It is practically identical to the foliage management of white cedar and western red cedar (but more droopy and snow-adapted), and in mentality similar to the hinoki cypress fronds. I refer you to two posts I published earlier this year on white cedar discussions, in which I actually pruned Alaska yellow cedars.

    Comment 1 I made with 3 Alaska yellow cedars I helped prune or did entirely myself in the latter two cases.
    https://bonsainut.com/threads/i-wonder-why-thuja-gets-a-bad-rap.29222/#post-485344

    Comment 2 I made with general observations about this sort of foliage management. I think late spring is the best time to do it, but they respond well anytime in summer, with a more vigorous response the earlier it is pruned.
    https://bonsainut.com/threads/i-wonder-why-thuja-gets-a-bad-rap.29222/page-3#post-494017

    I can provide more clear insight later if requrested.
     
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  5. Thanks Ryan
    I checked out both posts and noted your suggestions.
     
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  8. Ryan Huston

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    Wow, nice bendy trunk! To elaborate on my previous comment, if you want a branch to become woody earlier, take the center of a frond out at a bifurcation point. The two smaller side branches will activate into new fronds, or buds from scales below your cut. If you want a frond to become a new branch, let it grow. The center will continue to elongate and the sides will typically fall off after a few years or become new branches themselves.
     
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    Thanks for sharing!

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