Walter Pall's main blog about bonsai and his work with trees from day to day. Lots of good pictures of good trees and lots of valuable information about bonsai.
Really a beautiful tree Walter. I have a special love of Spruce, but it is almost unheard of to find Ezo spruce here in the US. I look forward to seeing this one progress.Robert
Hello Walter, a beautiful spruce indeed. I watch your blog every week and there is a whole lot of inspiration and beauty in it. I don't write very often, but I would like to ask a question regarding spruces.I got my first yamadori spruce last year (not ezo, but from Germany). I need to let it fill in and grow some additional branches. It has budded like crazy and is now growing a lot of vigorous shoots. Can you recommend when to pinch/prune those shoots? Should I wait for them to harden of somewhat? Should I remove whole shoots or part of them (like in pine candles)? What about grafting branches on spruce? Thank you in advance for your helpBest regards,Kestutis
Kestutis,I break off parts of the new shoots as soon as they have elongated well. This means they are still soft. I break off two thirds of the long ones, half of the middle and one third of the weakest. Thus in the end all new shoots are of the same length. I do it now. You can also wait for the shoots to harden, but then you have to cut them.I never remove whole shoots. Only when there are clearly too mayn. I have never grafted spruce. it was never necessary.Walter
Thank you for the reply, Walter, now I'll work with my spruce with more confidence and will wait until the shoots are fully extended (to see how long they come out finally). Kestutis
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