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Any tips or advice 10 months 1 week ago #34575

I have shown my maple a couple of times but here it is agen after the first wiring done to the tree, I would like tour inputs on the tree. Thank you.

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Any tips or advice 10 months 1 week ago #34585

Your wiring seems OK and the way you formed the lowest branches seems fine too.
However: All branches are horizontal. That's not natural. The higher you get up a tree, the smaller (and lighter) the branches should get, and the more you go up the tree, the more they will point up.

Seems you could use more branches too.
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Any tips or advice 10 months 1 week ago #34588

Thank you auk. One of the mane reasons I did it was to alow more light in to help with back budding to make more branches. With the vertical of the lowest branches are they ok or should I bring them up a bit? And with the higher branches do the same?
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Any tips or advice 10 months 1 week ago #34590

The lowest branch looks fine. The higher up the tree you get, the more the branch should grow up.
The high branches seem too long, and you're missing a couple of branches between the lowest and the higher branches.
Maybe you can chop it and choose a new leader? Asking, not advising...
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Any tips or advice 10 months 1 week ago #34591

It was taller, and it was clumped at the top, were the tape is is were I chopped it once already this year. I do like the size of the tree. Could I manipulate the branches already established to hide the fact I need more branching? Could new branching be formed now there is more light interning the tree? I know a totally newbie thing to say but I'm afraid of cutting it back further. The tree was kinda expensive as well.
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Any tips or advice 10 months 1 week ago #34592

Travi51 wrote: It was taller, and it was clumped at the top, were the tape is is were I chopped it once already this year. I do like the size of the tree.


OK, good.

Could I manipulate the branches already established to hide the fact I need more branching?


Probably. You can let side-branches grow into the 'gap'. Bit hard to tell as I cannot see the real tree.

Could new branching be formed now there is more light interning the tree?


Yes. Keep the tree healthy, prune properly and be patient.

I know a totally newbie thing to say but I'm afraid of cutting it back further. The tree was kinda expensive as well.


You're doing fine. No need to cut it back really. Give it time now and take good care of it. You can always do things later (but you cannot undo things you do now).
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Any tips or advice 10 months 1 week ago #34594

Thank you very much for the help auk. I have a couple of other trees I have been working on back budding to make it more compact as the branches are to lengthy and there are to many of them. I have a spruce that has started some back budding already. Here is a picture, I have been nervous to post this tree as I feel like I messed up with it but any advice on this tree would be great as well. Agen it's in it's very begging stages nothing what a bonsai should be at the moment.

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Any tips or advice 10 months 5 days ago #34747

Hi Travi,

Nice job on the wiring.
I am however with Auk on the reducing the height. Look at the tree. You have 3 lower banches. Then a long straight section of trunk and then the rest of the crown. Then trunk section will never be pretty. Removing it gives you a new leader just above the highst of the low branches (I see a small side branch there).

If it were my tree, this is what I would consider In spring, consider an air layer somewhere in the upper half of the straight section. Then you will have 2 trees, each of which was half as expensive :)
Then oevr time you probably need to reduce the branches in length. But that is next year. For this year, I would let it grow unrestricted. Then in winter trim the lower branches, leaving the crown. That will help to get rooting in spring for your air layer.Think it over.
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