My first Cryptomeria

gottrees

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Hey all,
I recently met an older gentleman who maintains a nice plot of trees. He was wanting to get rid of some of the faster growing trees and allowed my to collect this cryptomeria for free (along with a hemlock, 2 junipers, and some smaller american elms). We hit it off immediately so I will get to help him and learn from him in the future.
The tree has approximately a 3.5" diameter trunk. I cut about 4' off the top. i would guess its about 2' tall right now. I lucked out with the base and the trunk movement because I could not really see any of it when I decided to collect it. I collected it on 5/15 and ended up fully repotting it a little later. I repotted it in 60/40 pumice/turface mix. It has responded well to the repot and right now I am letting it rest. I may lightly clean up the foliage in about 6wks or so after it becomes more vigorous.
I dont know what cultivar it is so my major concern is that it might not be great for bonsai. But I think I have a thick enough trunk to make the perspective work.
What do you think of the tree?

Ted


 
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They make fine bonsai in the larger scale and it looks like you have yourself a fine piece to work with.
 

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Ted, that is a nice tree to work with. I have 2, purchased from different vendors, different times. I have enjoyed them the past couple of years, but they do not like the direct heat in middle summer. Here in Alabama it got to 95-100 F on my deck last year. My favorite was on the deck, it started getting red/bronze spots that got bigger. Then that area would die and foliage fall off. When I realized it was the heat I moved it to the shade. It continued to die back all over the tree. I could see new growth coming from the trunk. I removed it from the bonsai pot this spring into a 3 gal pot to grow this summer. So they are hardy, but keep out of hot sun.
Keep LOOkin Up!
Michael
 

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They are great trees to work with, Ted, and that looks like a fine specimen. Keep us posted as it progresses. :)

Will
 

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Thanks everyone,
I am really excited about this one. I think it has potential and will be really fun to work with. I will watch out to make sure its not getting to much sun though in Maryland, we cant compare to the heat in Alabama. Plus, I have 6 large trees in my back yard.
Thanks Will, much appreciated. I will keep yall updated.

Ted
 

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