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Author:  Cuchilo [ 23 Nov 2018, 22:03 ]
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Question if i may ? Why are you removing the apex right in the middle of reverse taper ?
I would think about cutting just above the four branches just lower down , maybe under them ?

Author:  darreng [ 23 Nov 2018, 22:16 ]
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I also saw the top and thought 'oooh that would make a nice shohin'!

Author:  daryl [ 23 Nov 2018, 22:25 ]
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@Paul @Darren I didn't think larch could be air layered? Or did I imagine that?

Author:  daryl [ 23 Nov 2018, 22:30 ]
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Cuchilo wrote:
Question if i may ? Why are you removing the apex right in the middle of reverse taper ?
I would think about cutting just above the four branches just lower down , maybe under them ?


Mainly because the branch there is already growing upwards. The ones lower down are sticking out at 90 degrees and look as if they would be difficult to bring upwards in a smooth way. That is why I was wondering if there was a way to reduce the bulge by cutting a wedge at the back.

Author:  darreng [ 23 Nov 2018, 23:33 ]
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I honestly had no idea but looked out of interest and just found this on b4me http://www.bonsai4me.co.uk/AdvTech/AT%2 ... onsai.html

Author:  daryl [ 24 Nov 2018, 00:12 ]
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Interesting. That might be worth a try.

Author:  John M [ 26 Nov 2018, 21:37 ]
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This is, of course, no longer my tree! But I must say I think the air-layer idea
is well worth trying. What happens if it doesn't work? You just lose a bit off the
apex, and surely that coul be fairly easily dealt with over the next 2-3 years?

Go on! Have a go!

J.

Author:  daryl [ 26 Nov 2018, 21:54 ]
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Thanks for your encouragement and approval, John. :smallthumb: I shall spend a good while looking at it between now and spring time then make a decision about what is the best plan. I need to do more research about air layers on larch too.

Author:  daryl [ 29 Nov 2019, 17:28 ]
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Well, exactly a year later and what have I done? Absolutely nothing ! :07hysterical: I never was one to rush my trees!

I did a bit of wiring and pruning over the summer months and took it to a club workshop evening on Wednesday. There were a variety of suggestions (and I do find it so annoying when certain members assume I know absolutely nothing and start telling me what to do, including absolute basics about how to look for buds when pruning! Try just asking me first :120ranting: )

Anyway, I am still thinking that an attempt to air layer the top off is the way forward so that will be the plan in the Spring. Once that is done I can look at the new apex. There was one quite creative suggestion about making a lightning strike deadwood feature at the top which I quite liked. I'll see if I can do a virt to get your thoughts..

Author:  daryl [ 29 Nov 2019, 17:38 ]
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