TOPIC: Styling maxwellii

Styling maxwellii 1 year 1 month ago #40898

I have some trees now to excercise different things on them, like trunk tchikening, grafting, layering, etc.., but nothing for styling until yesterday. I’ve got this P abies maxwellii to get this done. I already ordered bonsai (alu&copper) wires, but until they arrive I didn’t want to go more than some guy wire with that galvanized garden stuff, just to see what it gives.

I left a stub where I cut the third trunk. I would like to working on it to make a natural looking tree hole. I’ll observe the tree now, and if everything okay, I’ll continue the job.

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That branch I’d really love to keep but I’ll cut, cause not too much chance for backbudding.

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Styling maxwellii 1 year 1 month ago #40901

Nice tree,
nice job.
Try to use thinner copper wire on the guy wiring, double, and them twist both to have a finer look on them.
I doubt if this species will backbud, cause it needs more ramification closer to the trunk; thinning the canopy and sun, sun, sun & fresh air will help a lot.
Congrats!
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Styling maxwellii 1 year 1 month ago #40904

Thanks Clicio :)
Yeah, backbudding I can forget in this case, but well... I’ll use what I have. I thought to give some twists to the branches when my wire order arrives.

For the hole I plan to drill in, clean up and sealing inside to prevent from decaying
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Styling maxwellii 1 year 1 month ago #40912

Busy busy :)

If I look at your tree, I see that the branches first go up, and then down. Ideally you try to bend them at the pint where they attach to the trunk, and set them that the branch leaves horizontally. Barefull, becaus the branch breaks easily.
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Styling maxwellii 1 year 1 month ago #40913

Bareful because branch breaks
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Styling maxwellii 1 year 1 month ago #40914

Busy, but still don’t have enough material for my ideal development speed ;)
Thanks LB, I’ll try to be as careful as possible. I’ve got good things from your site, so now I officially beg you to repair that page: www.growingbonsai.net/styling-techniques/wiring/

Clicio wrote: Bareful because branch breaks
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Lol, I didn’t pay attention, but true :D Bareful Bonsai Bending..
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Styling maxwellii 1 year 1 month ago #40968

That came out from my first time wiring. It wasn’t an easy story due to the complete inexperience, but here how we learn. Smaller branches are still loose, looks like need to prune again and move some others. It was good to get a some idea how wiring works.

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Styling maxwellii 1 year 1 month ago #40969

Hummm...
Some weird splits, thinner branches should get thinner gauge wires, but all in all not bad for a first timer.
The next session will be better!
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Try here, for free:
www.craftsy.com/gardening/classes/bonsai...ing-essentials/35341
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Styling maxwellii 1 year 1 month ago #40976

You’re more optimistic than me... :D Second time with a newly learned technique in an art form where I have no clue, will be almost as terrible as first time. But watch the 50th!
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Styling maxwellii 1 year 1 month ago #40981

Not bad at all. Is ita picea?
Keep in mind tht wiring mid-summer of thicker branches can easily lead to dieback, due to bark slipping.
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