Twin trunk spruce

DaveV

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Hi all. Just finished wiring this siberian spruce. These are the before and after photos. I remvoed it from my garden last spring and it took off growing wounderfully over the summer. It's in a very well draining soil mix. ( equal parts: lave, hydite, turface, granit, and pine bark mulch). Any comments (negative comments welcome) or suggestions.

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Here are some side shots.
 

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Hi Dave, nice work! It's nice to start the new year with such a project. Only one idea, and that is eventually you should consider reducing the width (the silhouette) of the tree by a little bit. The trunk size is a bit too small for such full foliage. Maybe use the bigger branches as jins.
Good luck with your bonsai!
Cheers,
Si
 

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Hi Si, I agree with you. I would have done that but wasn't sure if I should do this now or wait closer to spring/early summer to induce back budding. Thanks for your input Si.

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Update on the siberian spruce

Here are some up to date pictures of the twin trunk spruce. Over the winter months I pruned it back quite a bit and brought the branches down even more. I think its coming along pretty well.
 

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Hello DaveV.. It is coming along nicely.. It is really starting to take on the look of full size trees.. Have you thought about reducing the height of the smaller one. Generally, twin trunk style incorporates 2 trees that pull off one image.. There is also the "mother daughter" variation where the smaller tree is quite a bit smaller. Here is a virt. I think either would work well with your tree. It has a lot of potential.
 

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Hi October, Thanks for the input. Yes, I have considered making the smaller of the two shorter. I was actually hoping to let the larger tree grow taller and trying to keep the smaller one about that size. It is a siberian spruce and not sure how tall it will get in a pot. Right now the tallest is about 15" from the soil. I may have to reduce the smaller one even more in the future.

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Hey Dave, nice work on that twin trunk so far. As a matter of fact, I just styled my twin trunk spruce for the first time this past weekend. My only recommendation at this point would be to use copper wire. The wire will need to stay on the spruce branches for quite some time to get a good repositioning. The copper does an amazing job holding the branches in place, while at the same time remaining inconspicuous due to the smaller guage sizes that are used. Good work.

Dave
 

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