So here’s where the tree was –
It was well fed and the root mass feels very solid now so leaving the tree alone has done it wonders in regaining its vigour.
Here’s what it looks like now (the apex has a long, long, long way to go) –
With Spring upon us, the candles have just started to move and I’m looking forward to a good result with decandling in Summer. You can see from the above pic that the fertilisers bags were left on over winter. I do this with the weaker trees if they are not being repotted. I did intend to repot this tree but that can wait another year. Changing the angle to improve the appearance can come later. For now it all about the growth!
So, this tree was pretty weak when I first acquired it. Here is a refresher –
That was in September 2013. It was repotted into an open mix, consistently fed really well with organic fertiliser, kept in full sun and allowed to grow. Only the apex was decandled in summer and basically it was left alone until April 2015.
During this time the roots have grown and the surface had become very compacted so it was time to open it up a little and add a new surface layer.
While the tree was in the workshop I decided to do some work on the scar around the back of the trunk that is from a sacrifice branch.
So the inner rim of the cambium layer that has formed was scratched a little to reactivate the healing process. Then the wound is covered with cut paste. We’ll see what has happened in spring.
It’s autumn at the moment so I also went through the tree and selected buds and did a small amount of needle plucking. There were 2 year old needles that had started to drop and I wanted to ensure good air flow and sunlight into the inner areas.
Here’s how it looks now –
It’s much healthier and the overall vigour of the tree has significantly improved as well as the colour of the needles. It’s been given another dose of fertiliser too before winter comes along.
While I was working on the tree I found the harsh angle of the trunk to be a little disturbing so I’m going to rotate the tree clockwise when I repot in Spring.
This rotation reveals more of the trunk line, creates more interest and displays the nebari much better.
So for now, it’s more sun, more wind and fertilising until winter.