Prunus Incisa – A two year progression…

This was a garden centre shrub that was bought in January 2012. I’d heard of the variety before and knew of someone else who had a Fuji Cherry bonsai. After having a poke around the based of the trunk at the centre decided that it would be a suitable subject for bonsai training. I wanted to repot before flowering, so I immediately reduced the rootball by approximately half and put it into an Ian Bailie pot that I had spare and really liked.  Unfortunately I failed to take a ‘before’ photo so this first photo shows the foliage reduced significantly too.

5 Spring 2012

To me the tree looked great but to other more experienced members of the Northern Ireland Bonsai Society pointed out that it looked very much like a shrub and that the tree would need to be significantly reduced in height.

10 feb 14

After a year of free growth and good feeding, the trunk and base thickened up.  Reducing the height of the tree also helped to make it appear stockier and powerful.

7 sep 13

After two years in the round pot, I felt that the tree was ready for a new home.  I chose to repot early because I wanted to see the flowers in the new Walsall pot.  As soon as the flower buds started to swell and develop colour, I went ahead.

17 feb 14

The tree has changed a lot in the past two years but a lot more is to be done.  The short thick trunk base changes into a number of upper trunks but one of these was nearly vertical and crossed in front of a more interesting primary trunk option.  Following advice from more experienced members, I decided to recently chop it.

18 feb 14 19 DSC_0003.jpg reworked

The tree is now opened up more with more movement.  A lot of ramification to be developed over the next few years.

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9 thoughts on “Prunus Incisa – A two year progression…

  1. beautiful plant!!!! progression was pretty cool!!!! The next step would be to defoliate??? Increasing the levels of its leaves?????

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    • Thanks for the comment Fabioteso. I was thinking of defoliating next year but then I remembered someone saying that he didn’t see much response to his same tree last year I think. Just going to concentrate on pruning next year.

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  2. It is too late in the season to defoliate now in our climate. This species does not seem to be very vigorous to me so I would avoid defoliation and rely on pruning new growth shortly after flowering and then just let the tree grow for the rest of the year to build strength for the next years flowers!

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