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Author:  Mark D [ 27 Jul 2020, 12:07 ]
Post subject:  Larch Advice (and an introduction!)

Hello all

My first post - first of all thanks everyone that contributes here – it is a wealth of fascinating helpful & inspiring information!

By way of introduction – I was given a Chinese Elm approximately 20 years ago, which I promptly killed. However I had managed to take a few cuttings, and so began my tentative start in the world of bonsai.

I now have several Elms in various stages in different plant pots and bits of space in the ground around the garden, as well as Pyracantha, Cotoneaster, Boxwood, Maple, Hawthorn and a couple of Oaks. All grown from cuttings/seed other than Hawthorns that were dug out of the hedge. Also a couple of Ficus in the house.

I got my fingers burnt in my first attempt at keeping my trees in bonsai pots about 5 years ago (poor soil) and have only just this year (thanks in no small part to this forum) tried again to keep 3 in bonsai pots, and I am so pleased to say they are thriving!

So, having spent nothing on plants to date, on the way home from a great week’s holiday in Cornwall last week, I saw a sign for Devon Bonsai Nursery and thought let’s have a look. What a great place, full of fantastic inspirational trees, I could have spent ages there just looking, except my wife & son were itching to get moving again..

Anyway I spent some money (quite a bit for a tight Yorkshire man!) on a Larch. I had earmarked Larch as my next species to get, but thought it would be a cheaper garden centre starter, so feel like I have suddenly taken a step further than I intended (happily!)

I will try and attach some photo’s, I just wondered if anyone had any general, or specific advice re care and styling. My current trees have all sort of grown organically, clip & grow, but this feels like it needs more of a plan at this stage.

The tree has a couple of big chops, some of which have had paste applied, and it has some wire applied. I am in no rush and have applied some biogold (bigger baskets on order if you can see the little ones on the photos!), it is placed in pretty much full sun.

I regret not talking more to the very helpful & friendly blokes at the nursery, but I was under pressure to get back on the road!

If anyone has any comments/thoughts/advice they would be gratefully received!
Cheers

Mark
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Author:  Betula [ 27 Jul 2020, 21:15 ]
Post subject:  Re: Larch Advice (and an introduction!)

Hallo and welcome!
Perhaps you could post a few more photos so we can see it from other angles? Is it Japanese Larch?

Author:  daryl [ 27 Jul 2020, 21:55 ]
Post subject:  Re: Larch Advice (and an introduction!)

Welcome aboard! Some more pictures against a plain background showing the branch structure would be good. Is the wire bright blue?

Biogold doesn't need to be in the little baskets. I use the end of a tool like a knife to open a little pocket in the soil surface and then just push the biogold nuggets straight in and cover them over.

Author:  richardb [ 28 Jul 2020, 06:32 ]
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Well done for sticking at it . It can take a while to get comfortable looking after trees. There is nothing wrong with keeping them in larger sized pots initially. This does give you a bit of scope with coping with watering pressures. As Daryl said a picture with a plain background can help, ie, an old sheet etc. Also if you take the photo with the pot at eye level so you can see the branch positions relative to the soil level etc.

Author:  Mark D [ 28 Jul 2020, 17:04 ]
Post subject:  Re: Larch Advice (and an introduction!)

Thanks, its European Larch, there is both blue & black wiring on the tree, and I did wonder about pushing the biogold pellets into the soil, guess i settled on the baskets as i'd seen pictures of trees fed like that & justified it by thinking I can see when its gone! Will push them into the soil from now.


hopefully better photos attached showing (what I consider) front:

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Then 90 deg rotations:
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Above:
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Other details showing wired leader, bulge mid trunk, and chop:
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Again, all comments/thoughts/ideas very welcome, I am keen to make what I can from this, it might have been the nudge I needed to get me to go to the South Yorks bonsai society that I have been wanting to go to for a while, hopefully they can start meeting again soon.

Cheers
Mark

Author:  Gary Jones [ 29 Jul 2020, 00:03 ]
Post subject:  Re: Larch Advice (and an introduction!)

Welcome to weetrees. As said by the others, a few more photos and the thoughts and advice will flow freely.

Author:  daryl [ 29 Jul 2020, 10:17 ]
Post subject:  Re: Larch Advice (and an introduction!)

That’s confusing, I think Gary must have posted while Mark's post was being moderated ::dunno: Knock out a few more posts, Mark, then you won’t have to wait to be moderated anymore. I think it’s just your first 5.

Nice tree, by the way, lots of potential for the future :smallthumb:

Author:  Mark D [ 29 Jul 2020, 10:25 ]
Post subject:  Re: Larch Advice (and an introduction!)

Yes I saw Gary's reply when my post with more photo's wasn't there, now its been slotted in before.
I really like the Larch, hopefully something to develop over the years, chose it over some lovely trees that were more developed on the basis that I can hopefully see this one improve rather than facing the challenge of keeping something that already looks good, looking good, if that makes sense!

Author:  Gary Jones [ 29 Jul 2020, 15:10 ]
Post subject:  Re: Larch Advice (and an introduction!)

Bah humbug. System, making me look like a fool! :120ranting:

Author:  Mark D [ 29 Jul 2020, 15:24 ]
Post subject:  Re: Larch Advice (and an introduction!)

Sorry Gary! I've crossed the posting threshold now though I think so should flow a bit better!

Just looking back at the pictures I've posted I took ages taking them and picking the best ones, and some still look wonky!
The photography is an art in itself isn't it?!

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