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Yamadori Syringa vulgaris 2 years 11 months ago #66672

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Hello everyone,

I am rather new to this forum and found it through good old Google!

We have a very big Syringa vulgaris here in our Garden that will be buldozed soon, I have never collected such a big mess of Stems and twigs before. It would be a shame to destroy the big Plant.

Our plan would be to see what parts of the Lilac will be used for Yamadori and then try to prepare it somehow.
Since this is a very old large Lilac I am not sure how well this goes.

I will post Pictures tomorrow, as I live in Austria and it is already dark here!

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Yamadori Syringa vulgaris 2 years 11 months ago #66687

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cool.You can cut these back quite strongly and also root pruning does not seem to affect them too badly. I would start by just trimming the plant back to a managable size (maybe 1*1metres. That will help you when digging. For potting up garden collects, I use coarse bims/pumice (Often found in pond sections in garden centres as pond substrate) and shredded pine bark as substrate.Make sure that bigger roots have clean cuts and are not ripped. Take your time digging around and under the shrub.
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Yamadori Syringa vulgaris 2 years 11 months ago #66691

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We will try that, tho I dont know if we can carefuly get it out, the bulldozer will most likely just scoop it out in 1 go and set it aside. I did some pictures on it. We did cut back the old stems a while ago to "refresh" it a little bit.

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Yamadori Syringa vulgaris 2 years 11 months ago #66698

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If you want to grow it as bonsai I would just hand dig it, instead of letting a buldozer do its thing. They often do a lot of damage.
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Yamadori Syringa vulgaris 2 years 11 months ago #66716

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Alright we will try it! It wont be another few months before he starts building the Carport, and right now the tempertures are about to drop again. When the weather is a bit warmer without freezing we will dig it out!
Are there any styles one could do with such a big one?

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clumb comes to mind. But dig first in a managable size, and decide once you have it out how much you want to keep.

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Yamadori Syringa vulgaris 2 years 11 months ago #66724

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Dig it up, stick it in a large pot, or in the ground, and let it grow for at least a year, and see what branches live, grow longer, or die. Then, see what you can do with what is left. You can't plan ahead too much now.

Too much planning now might be wasted if the tree doesn't live.

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