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.
Very beautiful and very special. Rare and difficult species and expertly done.Great tree Walter
A long story with quite a lovely ending.Bruce
The defoliation was to reduce the vigour or reduce the leaf size or both?
Ray,reducing vigor would be absolutely counter productive. It is very important to make this tree grow VERY strong and then cut back drastically to get good ramification and thickness of branches. Defoliation in the middle of June on linden is to reduce transpiration in the hot months and get a second flush for ramification. Small foliage is a collateral damage more or less. It will disappear in the next growing season with strong feeding. Defoliation is always for ramification and nto for small foliage.
Thanks Walter for the information. I am waiting to try again your hedge cutting method on some maples this season again after I made a mess of it last year. Best regards, Ray.
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