Lagerstroemia-Crepe Myrtle

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Lagerstroemia-Crepe Myrtle

Post  my nellie on Sun Nov 13, 2011 9:19 pm

I like lagerstroemias very much. This one was bought last year in October
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So, I made some guy wiring.
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I repoted into a screen handmade self invented pot Very Happy last February and cut back the apex to reduce height. I was hoping that it would sprout where I wanted new branches. But as usually the tree had other ideas in its mind.... The jin at left is being kept for reasons of securing the wires, I will remove it later.
This is how it was last July
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The tree did manage to survive bare rooting and enough root pruning, but consequently the growth was not at all rich Embarassed

I do not like this curve at all. It looks too artificial. I have to correct that point somehow
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First fall colours
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So, now you can see one of my attempts in bonsai cultivation.
I am interested in your comments and/or any "tips" Very Happy


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Re: Lagerstroemia-Crepe Myrtle

Post  stavros on Mon Nov 14, 2011 7:43 am

There is obvious progress from the 1st picture to the last. If it was me, i would keep the branches short, and the leaves as near to the trunk as possible creating a compact crown, similar to the one on the last picture.

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Post  my nellie on Mon Nov 14, 2011 10:25 am

Thank you Stavros!
I can see what you mean. Hopefully next spring she will have plenty of new growth (God willing) so that I'll be able to work towards this plan

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Post  Greg on Tue Nov 15, 2011 5:28 pm

Hi Alexandra, very nice. I can see the progress. Stauros is right.
What about put it in the ground for a few years?


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Post  my nellie on Sat Nov 19, 2011 9:49 pm

Hi, Greg!
Unfortunately we live in an appartment in Athens. If I am to put it in the ground I have to move to Evia Very Happy and this cannot be effected unless I retire Very Happy

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Post  Greg on Sun Nov 20, 2011 7:10 pm

my nellie wrote:Hi, Greg!
Unfortunately we live in an appartment in Athens. If I am to put it in the ground I have to move to Evia Very Happy and this cannot be effected unless I retire Very Happy

it doesnt really matter to tell you the truth. With the one way or the other you can allways enjoy the flowers thumbs up

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In need of your advice

Post  my nellie on Sat Apr 21, 2012 7:33 am

The lagerstroemia isn't ""awakened" yet, so I checked its bark for signs of vitality and I can say that the upper part is dead. Cause is "too much too soon", I believe....
I have cut it back at half the trunk height, the bark at this point is dead, too. However, lower back the bark is green inside.
So, my question is : Should I stubb it further below (at the point where bark has energy)?

Thank you in advance!

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Post  stavros on Sat Apr 21, 2012 9:27 am

my nellie wrote:The lagerstroemia isn't ""awakened" yet, so I checked its bark for signs of vitality and I can say that the upper part is dead. Cause is "too much too soon", I believe....
I have cut it back at half the trunk height, the bark at this point is dead, too. However, lower back the bark is green inside.
So, my question is : Should I stubb it further below (at the point where bark has energy)?

Thank you in advance!

Hi Alexandra,
i would wait until it wakes up, see where there is growth, and then decide where to cut down. Very often, the bark tells you where is alive or dead just by looking at it, if you pay attention to detail. The live vein(s) is always thicker and at times there is a sort of "clear line" between the live and dead part.

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Post  my nellie on Sat Apr 21, 2012 10:55 am

stavros wrote: ... ...The live vein(s) is always thicker and at times there is a sort of "clear line" between the live and dead part.
Stavros, Thank you for the prompt answer!
I am afraid I am not this experienced yet... This clear line is invisible to me unfortunately...
So, you suggest that I wait and see if any dormant buds emerge.

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