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February 2009 UPDATE: Coast Live Oak

Posted by Jason on February 19, 2009

I cleaned out some of the little branches I know I won’t need later on. I got rid of some of the real strong upper branches in hopes that the lower branches, which need to be thicker and longer, will start growing more vigorously in the coming spring. We have maybe a few more weeks of possible raininess, but it’s already starting to get warmer. New buds are already starting to pop out from the ends of branches, so it’s a good time to do a little bit of selective pruning. 

 

Oakie, thinned out a little bit.

Oakie, thinned out a little bit.

If you click on the picture and view the larger version, you’ll see that some leaves are brown on the edges. I’m not too worried about this. I think the young leaves got scorched when we had a real hot spell in November/December and they didn’t have a chance to harden off before the heat. 

I also removed a lot of the moss around this tree to aid with better drainage and to allow more of the water to be directed to the actual tree. Coast Live Oaks really don’t like to have too much water around and the drainage has to be very good. The moss kinda messes with this and eventually I’ll get rid of it all.

In a couple months, there should be a whole lot more growth and you’ll have another update. Until then!

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Xmas UPDATE: Bonsai, Coast Live Oak

Posted by Jason on December 21, 2008

So Christmas will be my two-month anniversary with Oakie. We’ve had some rough times, but it’s all good and he doesn’t resent me for chopping his head off. Here’s some pictures of the progression:

Freshly Butched

Freshly Butched

 

3 weeks later

3 weeks later

 

2monthspostchop

Two Months Post-Chop

I’m stoked that I did something drastic and it’s working! I’m not sure if any of my other major operations have been successful yet. We’ll see come springtime! 

With Oakie I’ll now have to work on getting the lower branches to grow out and thicken up while keeping the top branches small. Trees naturally want to grow the most at the top and outsides: that’s how they compete for light and ensure airflow around the trunk. I’ll interrupt this growth pattern of apical dominance by pinching off new top growth in spring. When you pinch growth on the top and outsides, it sends chemical signals down to the rest of the buds and branches that it’s ok to grow. The same thing happened with the trunk chop, just on a much larger scale. I chopped a huge portion of the foliage off of the top, and this sent the signal down to dormant buds all along the trunk that they could grow. That’s how we got the explosion of new growth from places where there weren’t any leaves of branches before.

Pretty cool, eh?

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UPDATE: Bonsai, Coast Live Oak

Posted by Jason on November 19, 2008

So my wonderful Oakie started out like this from the Kuma Bonsai Nursery in Lakeside, CA. I got it for a great price by the way, with some free advice thrown in;-)

Pre-Chop Status

Pre-Chop Status

Then I gave him a whack with my trusty saw and now he looks like this:

Freshly Butched

Freshly Butched

Now, 3 weeks later, check out all of the progress he’s made! TA-DAAAA!!! I was a little worried since a bonsaiTALK master said he wouldn’t have done as crazy of a chop at this time of year, but he’s in Northern California and things are a bit different.

 

3 weeks later

3 weeks later

So I’ll let all those new leaves grow out for a while -which will fatten the trunk as well- then I’ll cut off or cut back the ones that I don’t want. I still haven’t made any big style decisions, but that will come later.

All over the trunk!

All over the trunk!

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