Wednesday, June 7, 2017

European Spruce #75

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Will all those spruces get more dense or will you always keep them sparse like this?

Walter Pall said...

They get dense every year and I carefully cut them to be sparse again just before I make the photograhs. This is because I think they should never be more dense. The crown must be tranparent. otherwise they appear too heavy and start to look like a bonsai.

Brian Soldano said...

Do you prune these back like described above just as the new growth hardens off?

Walter Pall said...

Even before it hardens. Most of the time I pinch the new growth with my fingers. I also cut back some old growth if it gets too dense somewhere. Usually it gets dense in the top. So I cut more there. The aim is to avoid any plastic, broccoiy, overly dense bonsai look. The crown must stay transparent. Thus the tree looks real and the optical weight of the crwon is diminished. The effect is that the trunk looks much bigger and the branches look stronger. One can see the inner structure of the tree and it feels like a gneuine tree and not like a bonsai.

Brian Soldano said...

Excellent mr.pall, Thank you for your explanation. Is this an acceptable procedure for most spruce species? I have some Colorado blue, and white spruce I've been working on and felt like I needed to wait til dormacy before I could prune and thin the canopy. This is solely based off what I have read from the interwebs