Japanese maple thread

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Re: Japanese maple thread

Post by Grant Bowie » January 15th, 2011, 4:35 pm

Scott Roxburgh wrote:I went to see this tree today, It's looking great guys.

It was good to see it in person.

I also saw the Red pine...nice!
Hi Scott,

You picked a good day to visit the collection as the owner was the senior volunteer in charge today and he always love to talk about his maple.

As for the red pine; thats going to be a long term job.

Did you like the five needle pine and the cedar?

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Re: Japanese maple thread

Post by Scott Roxburgh » January 15th, 2011, 8:48 pm

Yeah I had a good time chatting to Frank, It was interesting going through all of the trees.

The red pine will be a long term project but its awesome to see one of that size getting worked on in Australia.

Ahh yes the white pine... Its soooo much more amazing in person, the colour of the needles is a lot different to most white pines I have seen, usually they are darker with a more prominent white stripe?

Do you mean the really bent up blue cedar with all of the small cones, I hadn't seen that one before does it have any grand plans?

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Re: Japanese maple thread

Post by NBPCA » February 3rd, 2011, 1:39 pm

Hi all,

The threaded branch has been growing unchecked for a while now while the rest of the tree is kept trimmed back.

The new threaded branch has thickened dramatically and appears to have calloused over on both sides of the hole through the branch. The new "Outside" is callousing from its thickening; the "Inside" has clloused over by the original branch that got drilled through.

The difference between the inside and outside is quite obvious now. It has probably joined completely and can be severed soon.
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It really is quite a dramatic difference and result.

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Re: Japanese maple thread

Post by Kyushu Danji » February 3rd, 2011, 1:51 pm

Thanks for showing me around a few weeks ago. I'm looking forward to going back to the NBPCA in autumn, maybe you will take me around the back again so I can have a look at this maple in it's autumn colour :?: :worship:

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Re: Japanese maple thread

Post by craigw60 » February 3rd, 2011, 5:16 pm

Hi Grant, I don't know about Canberra but here it has been a fantastic season for the palmatums, they are looking so lush and healthy I am looking forward to some good autumn colour, your maple is a very fine tree, good palmatums are a bit thin on the ground in this country I think because they take so long to develop.
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Re: Japanese maple thread

Post by Scott Roxburgh » February 3rd, 2011, 5:46 pm

Craig, it's been a good season in Canberra for my large palmatums but some of the smaller ones have really been beaten up by the hot weather.

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Re: Japanese maple thread

Post by Grant Bowie » February 4th, 2011, 6:29 am

Canberra is actually a very good climate for the palmatum maples. The humidity is usually low so we have no problems with leaf mildews; nor die back of twigs or branches.

You occasionally get some leaf burn but not too bad.

If it goes over 40 degrees I would give them some protection.

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Re: Japanese maple thread

Post by NBPCA » February 18th, 2011, 3:00 pm

Hi all,

Today we bit the bullet and cut off the original part of the branch.
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Re: Japanese maple thread

Post by NBPCA » February 18th, 2011, 3:05 pm

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All in all it seems to have worked very well and actually quicker than I expected.

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Re: Japanese maple thread

Post by woody » February 18th, 2011, 8:09 pm

HI Grant,
beautiful tree, and a huge thanks to you and all involved. The photos are great, and you have all made it very easy to follow :tu: . I am tempted to climb a tree with a drill, and get into it :lol: Thanks again to the NBPCA
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Re: Japanese maple thread

Post by woody » February 18th, 2011, 8:17 pm

HI Grant,
beautiful tree, and a huge thanks to you and all involved. The photos are great, and you have all made it very easy to follow :tu: . I am tempted to climb a tree with a drill, and get into it :lol: Thanks again to the NBPCA
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Re: Japanese maple thread

Post by NBPCA » February 21st, 2011, 2:23 pm

Hi all,

3 days after separation the new branch and its foliage is as strong and fresh as can be.
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I forgot to mention that I of course sealed the hole/scar at the back of the new branch where the hole was drilled in.

In late autumn/early winter I will do a trim back of all the tree and assess the work needed on the new branch to harmonise it with the rest of the tree. Next Thread graft will be in August.

The end for now unless you have any questions.

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Re: Japanese maple thread

Post by Scott Roxburgh » February 21st, 2011, 2:44 pm

Grant,

I may have missed it but has the 'original' branch (the branch being replaced) been removed yet? When will this happen?

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Re: Japanese maple thread

Post by NBPCA » February 21st, 2011, 4:07 pm

Scott Roxburgh wrote:Grant,

I may have missed it but has the 'original' branch (the branch being replaced) been removed yet? When will this happen?

Scott.
Hi Scott,

We will probably not remove completely the original branch that we drilled into. It is now moving slightly to the rear of the tree but will provide depth at that level of the tree.

It will however be pruned back to decrease its size and bulk compared to the new portion of branch.

As I said above I will look at it when the leaves are or have fallen to get a clear view of what the next step is.

We are trying to increase the complexity of the tree, sort out the branch lines and generally improve the tree in any way possible.

Grant

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Re: Japanese maple thread

Post by BirchMan » February 21st, 2011, 4:19 pm

Hi Grant,

If the next graft is in August will it be just at bud-swell or when the first leaves have come through? I'm guessing you have to strip the leaves off the thread to get it through anyway.

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