Presenting My Alberta Spruce

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Hello guys,

Today I just wanted to share with you all my Alberta Spruce. I both this tree at the beginning of May and styled.

This is the tree I bring home.

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The work begins
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This is the tree after the styling

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And the tree today, new shoots are coming out and I am quite happy overall. I will work on better wiring in winter but for now

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What do you guys think? Any feedback, comment is appreciated - Thanks.
 

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Hopefully it will not die. Spruces dont like to be wired while actively growing. You really did too much work at once
 

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I hope the plant police don't see that...they'll have you in jail for torture. Just kidding of course
 

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Do some research on Alberta spruce on bnut!
Most of them die after this amount of work.
Hope for you ofcourse that this doesnt happen but ive seen allot of this threads and 95% of them wont get updated

Good luck!
 
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Do some research on Alberta spruce on bnut!
Most of them die after this amount of work.
Hope for you ofcourse that this doesnt happen but ive seen allot of this threads and 95% of them wont get updated

Good luck!
Thanks... I know I have done an extensive work I hope to don’t be in that 95% but nevertheless I have learned something on a nursery stock tree.
 

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Oh and btw to help you learn alittle more

You created a 2d tree
The branches are all placed left and right thats good but next time try : left - right - back and repeat left - right - back and so on untill the apex
 
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Oh and btw to help you learn alittle more

You created a 2d tree
The branches are all placed left and right thats good but next time try : left - right - back and repeat left - right - back and so on untill the apex
Thanks a lot for the feedback I really appreciated!
 

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I would nurture that first branch into the entire final tree with a long game goal.

Mine finally got the aphids I been waiting for...squished one, burnt a few, then blasted it with the hose.

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I would nurture that first branch into the entire final tree with a long game goal.

Mine finally got the aphids I been waiting for...squished one, burnt a few, then blasted it with the hose.

Sorce
What do you mean? Like leaving only the first branch and plan a cascade? My plan is to see what will happen for now... new shoots are coming out also on the back I am expecting something nice in the next couple of months every day I water mist the tree and every day I see a new shoot - thanks for the comment.
 

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What do you mean? Like leaving only the first branch and plan a cascade? My plan is to see what will happen for now... new shoots are coming out also on the back I am expecting something nice in the next couple of months every day I water mist the tree and every day I see a new shoot - thanks for the comment.

Maybe not a cascade...stick with your current plan for now.....

But....since it is a bit 2D...
And that low branch has a lot and close foliage...

My long game might look like this...
Cutting 1 next late winter if all is healthy...
And then next year (or when healthy enough) cut 2 off...then 3 next year...so on..
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Until all that is left is the top apex, which was allowed to run wild...
And your new tree....which you have been nurturing the low and close foliage on.

Then either whack the top entirely...
Or take it back slow if your little final tree isn't ready to be solo.

Since the top was allowed to run wild, and you will be training the "final tree"...the top will probly have much more foliage...
Which means whacking it all at once may kill it...but you'll know by then.
May have to assigns it's branches numbers
For removal years then too.

Just remember long game is long..
Until it starts producing results, then youre like ....Damn...8 years passed!?

This is a great situation to be in...
Most of these that get "the treatment" aren't left with such a nice healthy low.."plan B" branch...

Plan B branches are the best!
If you don't end up needing em...they thicken the base of your initial idea, and provide health/energy.

If you 2D'd your initial idea! Ahem....
You can still make a wicked dope tree.

FYI too...
These are easily the MOST DIFFICULT trees to source from nurseries.
They're Decieving...all seem good so they are attractive.
But out of 100...maybe 10 will have a good basal flare. (Set aside)
5 will have an acceptable rootage coming from the flare. (Set aside)
2 of those will have something useable as far as new leaders you can use to make good taper transitions...
And one of those will have useable branching.

Lotta work to find 1.

Or...you grab anything and go long game with one plan B branch!

Sorce
 

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Don't do any more work, I've killed a couple of these guys by doing too much work too late in the year. Make to place it in the spot of your balcony where it gets the most sun. Good luck, it may turn out to be a good looking one.

Trying an Alberta Spruce is a must, specially after an after-Christmas-special for anybody in Bonsai. If you haven't tried one these and failed, you can't call yourself a real Bonsaiist.
 
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Maybe not a cascade...stick with your current plan for now.....

But....since it is a bit 2D...
And that low branch has a lot and close foliage...

My long game might look like this...
Cutting 1 next late winter if all is healthy...
And then next year (or when healthy enough) cut 2 off...then 3 next year...so on..
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Until all that is left is the top apex, which was allowed to run wild...
And your new tree....which you have been nurturing the low and close foliage on.

Then either whack the top entirely...
Or take it back slow if your little final tree isn't ready to be solo.

Since the top was allowed to run wild, and you will be training the "final tree"...the top will probly have much more foliage...
Which means whacking it all at once may kill it...but you'll know by then.
May have to assigns it's branches numbers
For removal years then too.

Just remember long game is long..
Until it starts producing results, then youre like ....Damn...8 years passed!?

This is a great situation to be in...
Most of these that get "the treatment" aren't left with such a nice healthy low.."plan B" branch...

Plan B branches are the best!
If you don't end up needing em...they thicken the base of your initial idea, and provide health/energy.

If you 2D'd your initial idea! Ahem....
You can still make a wicked dope tree.

FYI too...
These are easily the MOST DIFFICULT trees to source from nurseries.
They're Decieving...all seem good so they are attractive.
But out of 100...maybe 10 will have a good basal flare. (Set aside)
5 will have an acceptable rootage coming from the flare. (Set aside)
2 of those will have something useable as far as new leaders you can use to make good taper transitions...
And one of those will have useable branching.

Lotta work to find 1.

Or...you grab anything and go long game with one plan B branch!

Sorce
Sounds like a really nice game and the best of it I can think for the next year what to do ?
 
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Thanks, I am not going to touch this guy until next year for sure I will not even repot the guy for now is only a feeding game!
 
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This is the tree after a month almost from my previous post. I had to remove the wire since was biting and I am not planning to place any wire until next year at least.
During this time I have been thinking about a future for this tree and I think I will try to achieve a raft stile tree.
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