re the Murrayas and where to cut, look where the straight sections are and branches.nozila wrote: ↑July 4th, 2020, 1:43 pmso 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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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.