Larch Bonsai Trunk chops how and why to trunk chop

Larch Bonsai Trunk chops how and why to trunk chop


Hello everyone today we are going to be working on this group of three large trees these are very old trees and getting very tall there’s lot of die back and pruning it right back and also tidying up the dead branches and thereafter we will be reducing the height of the trees and we will not go down to the point where we have marked where the cuts should be so stay tuned. Hey it’s me Iqbal Khan if you have not yet subscribed to mikbonsai then click the subscribe button and hit the bell icon to subscribe and receive notifications as I upload new videos. These are the old cones which are being removed There are quite a lot of them and they all have to be removed before we can proceed further. There are two common larch species, Large Larix Decidua which is the European large and Larix kaempferi the Japanese larch, both these spieces are very popular for making bonsai trees as the trees develop quickly and trunks grow thicker faster than a lot of the other species and the trees that we are working on are the Larch Larix the European larch. We have cleaned up the trees, firstly removed the cones from last year, also removed a lot of dead wood and done a little bit of pruning and I’ll give it a quick turn so you can see the trees are much lighter and lot more space in between branches and that’s the biggest tree and also happens to be the weakest of the trees. We’ll have to try and sort things out so that this one starts to make a recovery and that is where we started, so we’re going to start with pruning these long new branches this is growth from last year and we’ll be pruning this back and after that we will start reducing the height of the tree this is the growth from last year and I’m going to prune it right back to here leaving just about a couple of, about three nodes and remove it to there and I’m going to repeat the same thing with this one here, and moving up again as you can see very long branch and then its developed further branches, tertiary branches but we’re going to go right back and again up here we’ll go right in and moving up to here same process cutting them right back and as short as possible and also removing these dead branches and leaving about three nodes there and coming to this side here same process, leave about four, this one here again pull them right in and they cope very well with regular pruning and also when re-potting in spring they benefit from a very very thorough prune which we are doing now before the growing season kicks in and with a very thorough prune at the time of re-potting coupled with the growing season they respond extremely well to this sort of pruning, and up here this is quite tall we’re going to redo, although we’re going to reduce the top but I still want to shape the tree before we start the surgery you reduce the tree the height of each of these trees. I have switch sides and I’m now on the other side of the trees, continue with the pruning so that part is done and there’s a few bits up here which I’m going to shorten, this is going straight up so I’m going to completely remove that and again cut these right back. We’ve cleaned up the trees as much as we can and so I’m now going to start with the top and gradually start the reduction process removing a little bit of the top at a time and so that’s how we’re going to do it and so that one there and now I’m going to remove this part here it is quite tough, so I have removed that part and will continue shortly. so I’m now going to remove this crown the present crown, here we are that’s gone so I’m now going to remove this side here and give it a little turn and then this branch here so this is where our marker is and for this tree we’re going to, this is the biggest of the three trees and the weakest of the three trees so we are going to go down to where our marker was so I’m going to chip away at the top until we get to the desired of height. We could cut and use a saw but this will be quicker, right I am nearly at the bottom of where I am on the final cut to be, so I’m going to carry on with this branch cutter that’s doing one hell of a job. I think thats done. What we are going to do is wire some of these branches up and to form a new crown with so we’ve got about these three or four branches which we are going to wire up to start forming a new crown We are now on our second tree and this is where the marker was, so we are going to go straight to the marker point and move the apex to there, that’s off and this one we will try and wire it and bring it over as much as we can so that this now takes over and it’s not as strong as the previous one also we’ll have to cut some of these branches back but we’ll come back to that and we now move over to the third of the trees which is the strongest of the three trees which is this one and we are going to go straight to the point where we’ve marked it down for reduction. I’ll try and do that with the branch cutter and see if I succeed That parts off and we will also bring this down a bit to about there and continue working around it so I’m now going to remove this part here and let’s see if I can do it in one otherwise I may have to do it in bits, No! so we’ll do it in bits. t That noise in the background is football we have Brentford football ground not very far from the house its about a mile away but you can still hear the noise of the fans. Right so this is the three larch trees after we have done the trunk chops and I’ll give it a quick turn so you can see what they look like and we are also going to carry out branch reduction that the branches are too long and they need to be brought in from top down which I will start now. We have wired this this branch and basically re-positioned it, so it’s going up and also the branch behind it we have wired it up and re-positioned it. Now this branch here needs to be shortened an I am going to take it right back to there and the apex is well on its way for this tree and I will continue and do some branch reduction, I believe they are too long and we will take them back to about there, now I’m going to do the same thing with the rest of the tree and this branch again I am going to reduce it to about there and we’ll come back and see if it needs a further reduction and the try and sort of bring it back into scale and proportion and once we have done this then we will go to the other, the other section I’m going to go a little bit further in with this one, these branches here again I going to thin and then shorten and also there are some dead branches here which I am going to remove. Again that will lighting up the tree and this side the sun get through, more light and air can get through and which is generally good for the tree. This side looks okay this side is too heavy, so we now are going to work on this side and reduce these branches and I am going to firstly remove this branch which appears to be dead, covered in moss, we have tidied that up but still plenty of moss left then this one will take it about there and then we will reduce this to about there. I usually stand back and take a look at the overall look of the tree. That banging noise is from a neighbour he’s been at it on and off all morning and is an absolute pain and… but I have to live with it what can I do. That’s a dead branch, a Iittle stub and I can’t use it, a few more dead branches here and the neater it is the better it is, the lines are more smoother and the overall look of the tree is much better. Right so moving down to these branches again will reduce them back to about there and then have another look, right so that appears to be okay, this one will reduce the height and also reduce the dead branches, these are the secondary branches which are dead so I am going to remove them completely. I am not even going to bother jinning them secondary branches don’t look good as Jins, so … they’re coming off, yes it’s this one more dead branches here, another one here and this one here…..here quite a few dead buds right so I’m going to step back now and take another look at this tree and I think this that this section needs further reduction, so we’ll sort this out before I step back this looks dead so I’m going to take it right back again there’s more dead branches which I’m removing and it makes the tree look neat and tidy and also on the trunk there are loads of dead branches, a lot of small one which are stubs which are left over, those I am going to clean up. So now I am going to again look at this branch its growing inwards and I’m going to remove it completely to about there. There, that’s done, so basically what that has done is is opened up the inside of the trees a lot more airer and lot more room for the light to get through and for plant is to get light and now I’m going to clean up the dead branches that I can see from here, we’ll remove that. That’s a dead branch and same thing with this here that’s dead I am going to remove that and this I’m going to shorten it to about there, and that is it for now I’m going to stand back and take another look at the overall design of the style of the trees and we’ll catch up shortly. okay folks I have wired this side branch to create new a mew apex and I am going to prune it back to…………. (interrupted… not happy) We are filming ! Can we start again Wohciech, (woman’s voice….) can you just be quiet. We have finished wiring the side branch for this second tree and the side branch has now been moved up into a new position to create an apex and I’m going to reduce the top again a bit further by removing that and they’ll do the same with this one here and this branch now is far too long so I am going to reduce it to about there. There we are its done and that is the new apex, and I think it should do fine. Having created the new apex and prunde the top and the side branch, looking at the rest of the tree this part here appears to be a bit top-heavy there’s not much growth at the lower part of the tree, there are new branches coming through here, here, here, and the new branch are coming up all over the place, is back budding, but the top branches here are very top-heavy and I am going to prune these right back and I will do it in stages are not going to butcher them but just take them back very, very gently and before deciding to do any further pruning and so I will now work on this one here and just turn it slightly and again reduce it to there and reduce this one to back there. I’ll have another look at the tree stand back a little and have a look and see if the branches are in proportion to the rest of the tree and the branches lower down the tree. This is day two and we finished working on these trees late yesterday evening and this is where the chops were and there was at one chop here and one chop here to reduce the height of this tree and then this branch was horizontal going in this direction and I have wired it and created a bit of an apex, you can see the wire there and then this branch was also facing in a totally different direction and we’ve basically moved the whole thing up and then carried it round on to this branch and then taken it to the back so this will build the new apex for this tree. This is the second tree in the middle and we did a trunk chop up here and then this branch was facing in that direction horizontally and so we’ve wired it and if from being horizontal like that we’ve raised it up and so this is going to form a apex. There’s also a bit of new growth here which I am going to let it grow and I am also going to you let this branch here grow and so we will have apex fairly shortly. You can grow these trees from seed or semi-hard new growth cuttings you can propagate those and they will do very well. The third trunk we chopped here right at the top where the top of the chopstick is and here in the middle up here and then what we have done is wired a number of branches, this branch again was going side sideways where the chopstick is so we rewired it and moved it up and this little branch here was also going sideways and has been wired to re position upwards and likewise this little branch was coming straight towards a camera and that’s been wired and moved up and also there is a branch at the back over here, this is about four branches which have been moved up to create more of an apex up here. Trunk chops are easy to do but to grow an apex is very, very difficult and for these three trees I am not sure whether it was luck or judgement but anyway we had enough there to create an apex, I think we are lucky that the branches were there and I was able to wire them and move them into position and this is all the three trees together and I’ll give it a quick turn this is the strongest of the three trees and I have pruned it as much as I could to try and bring some sort of balance and this is the next strongest and this is the oldest and the weakest of the three trees. There were a lot of dead branches and as you can see I have made jins out of the lot of dead branches and there’s another one, another one there up there and so that’s the three trees and I will again continue giving it a turn and another jin up here another one here, these will be so far further worked on and refined and I will also be applying lime sulphur to them to give them that more whitish appearance. The heights have been reduced quite considerably and the whole structure of the three trees is much lighter a lot more light will be able to get through during the process of thinning the branches and removing the dead branches lot of branches have been removed and you can see probably the cut paste applied there, there, there and there’s loads of places cut paste has been applied and also a lot of shortening of the branches has been done and the branches have been pulled in to make it all very tight and usually the tallest tree is in the front so that’s basically where the front will be I will be. I will be re-potting these trees, we were meant to do it in the same video but we underestimated the amount of work necessary the actual work far exceeded our expectations and it is day two now so the re-potting will be left for another day and will be covered in part two. That’s all for now. This is Iqbal Khan for mikbonsai in West London, until the next time. and now for the afterthought. My dad said always leave them wanting more ironically that’s how he lost his job in disaster relief. you dig !

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