Another Flowering Apricot

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Another Flowering Apricot

Post by FlyBri » August 18th, 2010, 11:20 am

Gday folks!

Some of you may recall that I purchased a Flowering Apricot from Bonsai Society of Victoria's Sale Day earlier this year. Well, it has flowered (pale pink, as I half expected) and now it is time to repot.

Firstly, the photos from back in May 2010:

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On Sunday last, I pulled the thing from its pot, and was very pleased to see the condition of the roots:
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After I hacked off the bottom quarter of the roots using a sharp hatchet, I spent a good amount of time (close to an hour) digging through the roots with my Stick Of Poking. Here's how it looked earlier this morning (note that I have not cut any major roots yet):
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I'm just now getting stuck into the thicker roots around the base, and hope to get some more pics up later today.

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Re: Another Flowering Apricot

Post by GavinG » August 18th, 2010, 1:56 pm

Nice taper and movement in the trunk. Should be a bomb in full bloom. Will the roots permit a strong right lean to it - nearly a semi-cascade? Or maybe a left lean, with all the branching and flowers heading off westward? Just my thoughts, more than usually bent.

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Re: Another Flowering Apricot

Post by Tintop » August 18th, 2010, 3:38 pm

WOW thats gona be sweet as in a pot with full flower :mrgreen:

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Re: Another Flowering Apricot

Post by Ray M » August 18th, 2010, 4:23 pm

Hi Fly,
I would remove the knob as shown with the arrow. This would give a nice taper.

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Re: Another Flowering Apricot

Post by miyagiman » August 18th, 2010, 7:46 pm

That's a nice tree Fly, I considered buying that one myself for over an hour, but I passed it up for 2 plum trees on the same table. Look forward to seeing it again when you have worked it some more. cheers, miyagiman.

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Re: Another Flowering Apricot

Post by FlyBri » August 19th, 2010, 7:55 am

Gday folks!

The further I dig into the roots of this little tree, the more I feel like it was a steal at only $150. :mrgreen: There are a couple of areas that are devoid of large roots, but I can live with that for now. (I have begun a round of "toothpick therapy" using about a dozen pegs that I fashioned from bamboo skewers.)
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GavinG wrote:Nice taper and movement in the trunk. Should be a bomb in full bloom. Will the roots permit a strong right lean to it - nearly a semi-cascade? Or maybe a left lean, with all the branching and flowers heading off westward? Just my thoughts, more than usually bent.
Gday Gavin!

The way the thick roots sit at the moment doesn't allow much of a tilt in any direction - as you can see by the latest photos. That's OK by me, as I quite like the orientation of the trunk as it is. Once I have worked out a "final" styling for the tree, I may need to tilt the trunk one way or the other, but I think that is some way off yet.
Tintop wrote:WOW thats gona be sweet as in a pot with full flower :mrgreen:
Thanks Pat! It will be some time before I get the thing into a proper pot, but I'll be sure that you guys are the first to see it when I do.
mackray wrote:I would remove the knob as shown with the arrow. This would give a nice taper.
Gday Ray!

I will be carving out that knob at some point, but I will wait until I know what direction I want the tree to take.
miyagiman wrote:That's a nice tree Fly, I considered buying that one myself for over an hour, but I passed it up for 2 plum trees on the same table. Look forward to seeing it again when you have worked it some more.
Gday Miyagiman!

I'm glad you didn't buy this one - although if you had, I'm sure I would have picked up the one(s) you eventually chose... I'd love to see the Plums that trumped this Apricot!

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By now, you will all have realized that I have not set my mind on a "final" direction for this tree. Initially, I had thoughts of simply pruning for shape and ramification, thus achieving a "finished" tree in a year or two, but all too often I see Bonsai in which the custodian has opted for ramification instead of a strong, cohesive branch/trunk structure. Looking at the tree now, the RH branch is far to straight and taperless, as well as being too heavy for the overall design. I need to work out some way around this problem before getting too stuck into growing a twiggy canopy.

Thanks all!

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Re: Another Flowering Apricot

Post by FlyBri » August 19th, 2010, 11:58 am

FlyBri wrote:(I have begun a round of "toothpick therapy" using about a dozen pegs that I fashioned from bamboo skewers.)
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Re: Another Flowering Apricot

Post by jarryd » August 19th, 2010, 12:43 pm

looking great fly an absolute bargain ;) . this will be a very nice tree one day

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Re: Another Flowering Apricot

Post by Luke308 » November 22nd, 2011, 9:51 am

:bump: Can we please have an update on your toothpick/skewer method? and see the tree's progress?
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Re: Another Flowering Apricot

Post by philf555 » November 22nd, 2011, 10:27 am

Hi, Excuse my ignorance but what is the "toothpick method"??? :reading:
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Re: Another Flowering Apricot

Post by Sahara » November 22nd, 2011, 10:51 am

philf555 wrote:Hi, Excuse my ignorance but what is the "toothpick method"??? :reading:
iwas just wondering the same thing.. im a complete novice but im goign to guess
maybe to propagate extra roots from here to help cut back onthe rootball size?
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Re: Another Flowering Apricot

Post by kcpoole » November 22nd, 2011, 12:15 pm

philf555 wrote:Hi, Excuse my ignorance but what is the "toothpick method"??? :reading:
It is a method of getting the tree to grow more / better roots instead of grafting them on
The wiki page on Nebari has a few links to the relevant threads, https://www.ausbonsai.com.au/wiki/index.php?title=Nebari

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Re: Another Flowering Apricot

Post by philf555 » November 22nd, 2011, 1:53 pm

Thank you Ken appreciated
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Re: Another Flowering Apricot

Post by my nellie » April 3rd, 2012, 8:05 pm

FlyBri wrote: That's all for now.
Luke308 wrote: Can we please have an update on your toothpick/skewer method? and see the tree's progress?
Thanks,
Luke
I agree. I would also like to see an update.
This the first time I have read about this thoothpick method and I can say I would like to give it a try on some pre-bonsais of mine.

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Re: Another Flowering Apricot

Post by paddles » April 4th, 2012, 7:13 am

yes, I would also like to see an update... did you get any photos of it in flower?
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