My 3 year old Alberta Spruce.

Bad_Bonsai

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This is my Dwarf Spruce I made from nursury stock. It was one of the first trees that survived my ever evolving overwintering process.

I reppotted it into this in early spring, and cut the wire off today. My intention is to leave it be now for the next year, maybe more, and proceed with further branch selection.

Edit: I made this in a time before I knew about reverse taper and digging into nursury stock to see what I'm committing to. - I actually quite like the bulbous base too as it has an almost cartoonish lofty quality to it. (The two bulbous nodes at the bottom, not so much.)

How does it look? Any thoughts pointers?
 

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It looks healthy! I think pulling the branches down would make it look better. DAS love to pop back up though. The reverse trailer and the double trunk are not too get looking you.
 

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It looks healthy! I think pulling the branches down would make it look better. DAS love to pop back up though. The reverse trailer and the double trunk are not too get looking you.
I definitely want to pull down the branches, that'll be the next project, probably for the next year maybe more? I wanna see it do well post-repot.

This is kinda my first tree that has me thinking that I can actually 'do' bonsai. If I go and kill it for a few bent branches, I'll be a little let down. Hahaha
 

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This'll be an ongoing thread for this tree I guess.

Here is the same tree, almost a year to the day later.

As it went through the summer it elongated and bushed up a tonne, I've attempted to be selective with the buds I chose to keep. I think I can see why some people stray from Dwarf Albert Spruce but I take it as rolling with different punches. So far I love DAS as subjects and I've since acquired a bunch more.DSC_0470.JPG
 

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This'll be an ongoing thread for this tree I guess.

Here is the same tree, almost a year to the day later.

As it went through the summer it elongated and bushed up a tonne, I've attempted to be selective with the buds I chose to keep. I think I can see why some people stray from Dwarf Albert Spruce but I take it as rolling with different punches. So far I love DAS as subjects and I've since acquired a bunch more.View attachment 435165

Very nice! I share your sentiments about the species - I like them!
 

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What are your plans for future development?
 

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Looks like the tree has a big fanny and buck knee's .

Seriously, if i had a Tree that looked that good i would just be overjoyed. Especially Since you took that from nursery stock and are testing an overwintering system on it.
Just think of it as the Kim Kardashian of trees.
 

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What are your plans for future development?
I'm not entirely sure l if I'm being honest, I may try to take it into a more abstract direction - really lean into the cartoon bulbous base. I've since acquired other trees that I want to take in a more formal trad direction.

Here's some of artsy dark photos of said spruces in my collection.
 

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Update photo—it was very happy this year, barely any pests despite an ant problem nearby.

I'm thinking about thinning the top out a bit in the future.
 

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Hi!

Sure thinning the top is a good idea for the future.
I see we are pretty much in the same zone so if I was you I would let it like this for the winter and either come back in Spring just before buds break or let the tree get more mass and remove in August/Sept next year.
That would be my 2 possibles approaches.
For sure you will have to time this action if the tree need a repot.
I would only remove the structural flaws and see were the tree stand after.
You are still building the secondary branching on this tree so removing just whats necessary is the key.
 

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Hi!

Sure thinning the top is a good idea for the future.
I see we are pretty much in the same zone so if I was you I would let it like this for the winter and either come back in Spring just before buds break or let the tree get more mass and remove in August/Sept next year.
That would be my 2 possibles approaches.
For sure you will have to time this action if the tree need a repot.
I would only remove the structural flaws and see were the tree stand after.
You are still building the secondary branching on this tree so removing just whats necessary is the key.

I'm thinking the slight thinning of the top will take place next spring. I feel like if i let it bulk up untouched until September 2023, it'll get a away from me.

As for the repot, I'm pretty happy with where the root work/ball is, and I don't forsee a repot (or root refresh) for several years to come.
 
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