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Creating a Twin Trunk from a Non Twin Trunk

6 years 11 months ago #40574 by Peter Woosley
Good work Ray and thanks for sharing this info.

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6 years 11 months ago #40577 by Ray Mackaway

Shane Martin wrote: Looking good Ray....
Did you plant into straight diatomite? And is the Dynamic Lifter on the deck?


Hi Shane,
No mate I don't use diatomite. My mix is made up as follows:

I use the mix from Ray Nesci.
I empty half a bag into a tub.
Mix two heaped double handfuls of Zeolite.
I mix this 50/50 with a very good potting mix.

This is my basic mix.

Planting out Air Layers

To my basic mix I add 50/50 Perlite.

Pines and Figs

To the basic mix I add 50/50 Yates Orchid mix

I don't use Dynamic Lifter anymore. I use Seamungus. If you check the makeup you will see it is a more balanced fertilizer.

Regards Ray
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6 years 10 months ago - 6 years 10 months ago #41090 by Ray Mackaway
Hi everyone,
Some update photos on the stock tree.


Selected one new leader.


Underfelt was wrapped around the trunk to protect it. Notice the old colander has been tilted. I did this to straighten up the tree. The new leader will be allowed to grow. I will cut it back several times before I get a trunk the size I want.

Regards Ray

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6 years 10 months ago #41098 by Brian Bishop
Thanks Ray for this posting,
No doubt about the reliable old swampy. They are a joy to work with eh?
Cheers.....Brian
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6 years 2 months ago #43860 by Ray Mackaway
Hi everyone,
Here are some update photos of the Swamp Cyprus.


I will have to select where to cut now to get some taper and different size trunks.


The roots are growing well.


I will allow the leader to thicken up quite a lot before cutting.


The roots have come out through the first colander and then grown through the second colander.

Regards Ray

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6 years 2 months ago #44081 by Ray Mackaway
Hi all,
The next step with the Swamp Cyprus.


I did flat cuts and will wait to see what new leaders appear. I'm not sure I have cut the trunks down enough. :( I might need to lower them to create tapper down lower. Any comments are always welcome.




The roots are growing very well.

Regards Ray

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6 years 1 week ago #44981 by Ray Mackaway
Hi folks,
An update on how the Swampy is going.


The twin trunk is getting good growth. The second trunk is hidden in there somewhere. I will make a decision soon as too what leaders to use.


There are plenty of healthy roots. The colander has been sitting in a water tray for several months.


The original stock tree has taken off very well. It is now 1.5 meters tall. From when the layer was cut off till now is 12 months.


The base of the new leader is 25mm in diameter. I have left all the small branches around the base of the new leader to encourage good healing and thickening of the leader.


The healing of the cut is going well.


The roots have worked their way out of the original colander through the second colander.


The stock tree has been in a water tray for several months.

Regards Ray

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6 years 1 week ago #45046 by Colin King
Hi Ray.
Love your swampy.I have one also it's about 4 or 5 years old.Sorry there are no pictures i'm only new to this computer thing and my wife hasn't shown me how yet.

I'm going to trunk chop him because he is about 6 foot tall with a quite good sized base with a knee also.

When is the best time to do this? I live in Windang just north of the gong.

swamp boy

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6 years 1 week ago #45047 by Ray Mackaway

Colin King wrote: Hi Ray.
Love your swampy.I have one also it's about 4 or 5 years old.Sorry there are no pictures i'm only new to this computer thing and my wife hasn't shown me how yet.

I'm going to trunk chop him because he is about 6 foot tall with a quite good sized base with a knee also.

When is the best time to do this? I live in Windang just north of the gong.

swamp boy


Hi Colin,
You could chop now. This is the same time of year, that I took to layer off the stock tree, last year. There are several good months of growing ahead so it should grow very well. A question if I may. Do you keep your Swamp's in a water tray?

Regards Ray

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4 years 10 months ago #50283 by Ray Mackaway
Hi folks,
After I cut the top out of the remaining stock tree I decided to apply another layer. I was out doing work with the trees this morning and thought I should check this layer. After removing the alfoil to check, I was glad I did as it is chocker block of roots.


The tree is about 1.2metres from soil level to top of tree.


As can be seen there are lots of roots. The tape at the top of the layer seems to have worked well in preventing excess water entering the layer.

I'll remove the layer on Thursday at the School of Bonsai.


You can see by the photo, how much the Swampy loves being in a water tray.

Regards Ray

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