[Ryceman3] Ulmus Parvifolia #2

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[Ryceman3] Ulmus Parvifolia #2

Postby Ryceman3 » May 30th, 2016, 10:19 am

Same story essentially as my first entry ... as below :

This entry was purchased from a discount nursery in Essendon which had a closing down sale last year (I think October?). I got this and my other "create" entry for $12... I guess $6 each. They were very pot bound, very thirsty and very much on the way out. I repotted them both and they have come back to life somewhat since. I had no plans for them other than to let them grow but the position I have them in is too shady, and so all the new growth has been very leggy and the leaf size is huge. In order to move them to a sunnier position I need to cut them down, so I figure why not cut them all the way down for this comp!!
Basically I want to see what I can produce from a trunk chop in 18 months. We'll see how it pans out ...
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Re: [Ryceman3] Ulmus Parvifolia #2

Postby Ryceman3 » July 14th, 2016, 4:18 pm

And so today I chopped .... and I got myself a bit of a pleasant surprise!

After the chop I decided to do a repot as I hadn't really checked out the roots at all. When I originally got this elm I slip-potted it as it was root bound and pretty sick looking so I didn't want to stress it out anymore than needed. Anyway, today's repot taught me two things :
1. Check where your roots begin before you do a chop. It turns out the trunk kept going below the soil for a couple of cms before the roots began ... if I had checked this properly, I might have cut it back a bit lower :palm:, hopefully new shoots come a bit further down the trunk and help me rectify this. :fc:
2. You never know what you're going to get. The roots were OK, but as I washed them off I noticed they came from two very distinct levels. I guess it must have been repotted low at some stage and so grew a new set of roots further up the trunk, as well as the original set?? In any case, that meant I was able to do a second chop on the trunk that was once under the soil line and hopefully grab myself two trees for the price of one (see photos attached). :cool:

I also potted up some root cuttings for a bit of fun (I have since covered these with plastic to hopefully aid their ability to strike), as well as some regular cuttings (not shown) - even though it's the completely wrong time for this, I figured I may as well give it a go.

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Re: [Ryceman3] Ulmus Parvifolia #2

Postby Watto » July 14th, 2016, 5:38 pm

Great story, thanks. It is good to have something to tell about each of your trees, little things that make them special. I will be watching with interest.
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Re: [Ryceman3] Ulmus Parvifolia #2

Postby Ryceman3 » August 31st, 2016, 10:03 am

I think I had hoped for new buds to come in a bit further down the trunk on this one as I had not chopped low enough ... :shake: ... it heard me ...
Never mind, there's still time for new buds to form or maybe just a rethink if not - Spring growth might bring a different direction?
As with my other elm, the bonus trunk has also started to push a bit of green so I am happy about that - it may even get the gig as the "tree" for this entry if it shapes up OK!
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Re: [Ryceman3] Ulmus Parvifolia #2

Postby Ryceman3 » October 9th, 2016, 7:55 am

Branch selections made and direction established ...
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Re: [Ryceman3] Ulmus Parvifolia #2

Postby Ryceman3 » November 13th, 2016, 1:12 pm

... and the bonus trunk for this entry.
Radial spread of shoots around the trunk is not as comprehensive as the other entry, but I reckon there is enough there to work with.
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Re: [Ryceman3] Ulmus Parvifolia #2

Postby Ryceman3 » December 26th, 2016, 7:53 pm

gave this one some attention too while I was at it ...
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Re: [Ryceman3] Ulmus Parvifolia #2

Postby Watto » December 27th, 2016, 5:50 am

Good progression, and what else would you do during a cricket rain delay????
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Re: [Ryceman3] Ulmus Parvifolia #2

Postby Ryceman3 » December 28th, 2016, 10:00 am

Watto wrote:Good progression, and what else would you do during a cricket rain delay????


Thanks Watto... and you are correct :
Rain delay = bonsai & beer! :yes: :beer:

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Re: [Ryceman3] Ulmus Parvifolia #2

Postby melbrackstone » December 28th, 2016, 10:30 am

I'm glad to see I'm not the only one taking it back to a stick in a pot! (Think yours has more potential than mine!) :aussie:
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Re: [Ryceman3] Ulmus Parvifolia #2

Postby Ryceman3 » December 28th, 2016, 11:24 am

melbrackstone wrote:I'm glad to see I'm not the only one taking it back to a stick in a pot! (Think yours has more potential than mine!) :aussie:


Sometimes you gotta go backwards to go forwards ... :whistle: ;)

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Re: [Ryceman3] Ulmus Parvifolia #2

Postby Ryceman3 » February 4th, 2017, 10:34 am

... and here's this one after 6 weeks or so - a quick update of both "main" & "bonus" trunks.

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Re: [Ryceman3] Ulmus Parvifolia #2

Postby melbrackstone » February 4th, 2017, 4:10 pm

lookin good!
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Re: [Ryceman3] Ulmus Parvifolia #2

Postby Ryceman3 » February 5th, 2017, 12:21 pm

melbrackstone wrote:lookin good!


Cheers Mel, looking better than it was 6 months or so ago anyway ... It's going somewhere! :yes:
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Re: [Ryceman3] Ulmus Parvifolia #2

Postby Ryceman3 » April 15th, 2017, 4:00 pm

An update on this entry too, with the same sort of work done to it as was done to my other Chinese Elm entry in the comp.
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