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Trunk splitting 1 year 2 months ago #61951

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Hi everyone. I was here months ago with questions and concerns about my fukien tea bonsai. It is during very well with growth and is very healthy with shiny green leaves and flowering. I want to thicken my trunk and was wondering if splitting it would be a good idea or would it be harmful to this species? If I do split, must I wire it back together or just leave it be?

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Trunk splitting 1 year 2 months ago #61962

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Could you show us an example of splitting? I am not sure of what you mean by that.

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Trunk splitting 1 year 2 months ago #61965

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Pictures I find already show a healed split trunk. But what I have read and seen is basically cutting the trunk in half vertically. Starting from the top about 3/4 of the way down.

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Trunk splitting 1 year 2 months ago #61968

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Yes basically as such. My trunk is significantly curved but the base of the trunk is still very thin. I'm not sure if my species of bonsai can handle that amount of stress though.
Should I wire the halves together or just leave them slightly apart? That is if I go through with it.

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Psmmarino wrote: Yes basically as such. My trunk is significantly curved but the base of the trunk is still very thin. I'm not sure if my species of bonsai can handle that amount of stress though.


Considering how grumpy fukien are in my experience, that seems a great way to kill one to me.
But maybe it’s just me...
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Soooooo risky!
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Thank you everyone! From what I'm gathering it seems it may be to risky for my species of tree. Does anyone have any recommendations on how to thicken the trunk?

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yes: two options
- plant it in the garden and forget about it for a few year ( if your climate is ok), or in a big container.
- wait 5-10 years and it will be thicker...
Thick truncs take time and/or length growth nothing can change that.
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