crepe myrtle dig

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Re: crepe myrtle dig

Post by kcpoole » July 4th, 2020, 11:08 pm

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July 4th, 2020, 1:43 pm
so I got the murrayas out. Also got 2 freebies - a crypt Myrtle (she actually did have one) and an apricot stump (would have been a tree but trunk was too long). any idea where I should cut the branches on the murrayas and could the apricot stump eventuate into a pre bonsai?
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re the Murrayas and where to cut, look where the straight sections are and branches.
Cut back to an existing Branch to achieve taper and movement in them as they take ages to put on girth so use what you can
The one on the left. keep the long large trunk, cut back to smaller branch so you get taper. Once it reshoots, build branching by wiring out from the trunk as they want to head upward.

The one on the right keep as a twin trunk with one trunk shorter than the other.
when you chop, Leave a little stump initailly longer, and then trim back flat and clean up after they reshoot.

they will readily shoot on old wood so you can get new branches and wire in the first year to set them in shape, once lignified they are hard as nails and you just cannot bend them.

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Re: crepe myrtle dig

Post by nozila » July 4th, 2020, 11:09 pm

kcpoole wrote:
nozila wrote:
July 4th, 2020, 1:43 pm
so I got the murrayas out. Also got 2 freebies - a crypt Myrtle (she actually did have one) and an apricot stump (would have been a tree but trunk was too long). any idea where I should cut the branches on the murrayas and could the apricot stump eventuate into a pre bonsai?
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re the Murrayas and where to cut, look where the straight sections are and branches.
Cut back to an existing Branch to achieve taper and movement in them as they take ages to put on girth so use what you can
The one on the left. keep the long large trunk, cut back to smaller branch so you get taper. Once it reshoots, build branching by wiring out from the trunk as they want to head upward.

The one on the right keep as a twin trunk with one trunk shorter than the other.
when you chop, Leave a little stump initailly longer, and then trim back flat and clean up after they reshoot.

they will readily shoot on old wood so you can get new branches and wire in the first year to set them in shape, once lignified they are hard as nails and you just cannot bend them.

Ken
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Re: crepe myrtle dig

Post by BlamJams » July 5th, 2020, 1:16 pm

I'm not seeing a crepe myrtle in there. That tall skinny thing doesn't look like any CM that I've seen, but I could be mistaken. Looks like a seedling plum to me.

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Re: crepe myrtle dig

Post by greg27 » July 5th, 2020, 2:33 pm

BlamJams wrote:
July 5th, 2020, 1:16 pm
I'm not seeing a crepe myrtle in there. That tall skinny thing doesn't look like any CM that I've seen, but I could be mistaken. Looks like a seedling plum to me.
Yes I'm thinking prunus for that one, looks like the wrong colour and texture for crepe myrtle

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Re: crepe myrtle dig

Post by KIRKY » July 5th, 2020, 3:21 pm

Are you sure that straight stick is a crepe myrtle? Bark looks wrong to be more plum or cherry but more plum I think.
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Re: crepe myrtle dig

Post by nozila » July 5th, 2020, 3:38 pm

I could be wrong as well - the landscaper would help me did it out said it was. However crepe myrtle or not, how far back should I cut it? The guy chopped it there for me.Image


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Re: crepe myrtle dig

Post by KIRKY » July 5th, 2020, 3:48 pm

Personally I’d wait and see what you’ve got then decide where to cut and what style.
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Re: crepe myrtle dig

Post by shibui » July 5th, 2020, 4:05 pm

Not sure about that landscaper. Definitely not a plant person :roll:

It has plenty of nodes still visible on the trunk and that usually indicates ability to sprout new shoots.
I would cut at least half of the current height.
It is good to wait and see what shoots emerge but on longer trunks the shoots tend to sprout from the top 2/3 which will be of limited use for bonsai on such a tall trunk :imo:
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Re: crepe myrtle dig

Post by nozila » July 5th, 2020, 4:29 pm

Lol same landscaper who told the seller the murraya was a Myrtle. Anyways, I agree. It so long and I think a chop clearly needs to be made just not sure if close to the base or a tad higher.


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