JBP Update Lessons Learned

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So this was a thread from 2017. I could not find the original post, guess it got deleted. During the old thread I think Smoke had asked me what I had learned from the tree. Now looking at the tree I would have to say, I've learned not to give up on a tree.
So let's go back! This tree was ordered from Bonsai Boy. It was described as an (11yr old "trained"JBP) when ordered through Amazon. When I received it it was a stick with ONE bud on the lower trunk. Needless to say I was mad, and should have returned the tree. But I kept it. I was a complete newbie had no clue about ordering trees. Still Don't!!! I stick to live purchases now.
When Smoke asked me what I had learned I think my response was that "I was not sure, I had learned a lot over those couple years". Looking back now I think the main thing I learned was. Not to give up on a tree, and DON'T buy trees from that guy.
The tree is still nothing special. It is still very much in development. If you look at the pics, you can see that one bud did grow. I wired some movement if the lower trunk and haven't done much. I let the top grow. Last year I cut a few of the sacrifice branches off. Getting ready to chop it back to that lower bud. Which had grown out over the last 4 years. I did decandle that lower section last year experimenting with decandling. Think I should have left it alone.
So I'm about ready to chop back down to that lower section so this year I cut about halfway thru the trunk. Next spring I'll cut the rest of that sacrifice branch off.
So just remember peeps don't give up on a tree even if you make mistakes or buy an ugly tree like me. Y inou might still be able to make something of it. Hopefully I can keep working on this one and one day turn it into something decent.
 

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Nice going keeping the sacrificial apex.
I've never seen this "key hole" approach to a trunk chop.
I mean I know it's not literally a hole, but at 1st glance...lol.
It's not a hole. I just removed part of the trunk. I've seen it several times, by several different people. They do the chop in stages. Next spring I will remove the rest of the sacrifice branch. I think it is to keep the wound from rotting. Kinda like a knub or the core of the trunk.
 
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It's not a hole. I just removed part of the trunk. I've seen it several times, by several different people. They do the chop in stages. Next spring I will remove the rest of the sacrifice branch
Yes I picked up on that in the 1st post, I just had never seen it done.
Which means no jin there. Glad you didn't give up on it.
 
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