Reviving An Almost Dead Tree

It’s the end of September and the summer has virtually finished and we are at the start of the autumn and here is a very sick looking tree this tree as with many of my other trees our customers’ trees and looking at it you can clearly see that it’s not in very good condition it was brought to me about 18 months ago by a good customer of mine and as you can see it’s almost completely dried out but it’s not as bad as it would first appear because on one side there’s still quite a lot of growth let me explain to you why this has happened this variety is the small needle cryptomeria the japanese cryptomeria it was originally an imported tree that I brought in about 20 years ago and he purchased it maybe 15 years ago from me and he kept it well for at least 10 years but there was one year about two years ago when he went away on holiday for about three or four weeks and his staff forgot to water this particular tree so it dried out almost completely so he brought it to me and I’ve been growing it in moss for the last two years but I’ve only been able to revive it to some extent man of did many of these other branches have died away so there’s no hope for these branches but cryptomeria japonica feel as you can see it’s still trying to force green coming from this brown pot so they have this habit of doing this very browning and cryptomeria as I did tell you in some my earlier youtube videos is not a popular species because not many people know how to care for cryptic they produce a lot of brown needles and you’ve got to be very meticulous and disciplined in tidying it if you don’t tidy it they will not look good so cryptomeria is not popular in my way of thinking is that because it is a difficult tree to maintain so I don’t blame this customer mind for not being so successful with this type of tree but the foliage is very nice when krypton areas are trained well but here is it looking very sad you must be wondering why there are so many bad trees that I keep showing on the YouTube videos of course it’s only the bad and sick trees that come to me if they’re well and healthy they’re never brought here so it’s only the sick ones when you go to hospital you don’t find healthy people going there so neither sick people going so the same way with these sick trees they’re brought to me because they are sick no because the lower branches have died I’m going to show you what I’m going to do with these trees as for timing I said to you at the start of this video that it’s the end of September so you must be wondering is it the best time to work on these trees well there are certain times when certain trees are best worked on I would say that the city’s trees are best trained and shaped and pruned in early spring and right through the summer but once you get into late August and September you should stop working on deciduous trees because they will not produce new shoots evergreen trees are slightly different cryptomeria spines and junipers continue to go to some extent so you can work on the evergreens I would say almost right through the year except in the coldest months maybe in mid-december to about end of January I may not work on the evergreens but if you have a protected environment such as this and a greenhouse you can certainly work on the the greens quite safely so in case you’re wondering why I’m working on these trees this is quite a good time to do that so let’s look at this tree this side is almost completely bare maybe Percy’s never bothered to turn the tree but the other side is quite green so I never say that a tree has no hope so the dead branches will probably end up as quite interesting Jin’s we don’t want the Jin’s to long just they don’t look right so partial cut on the branches and then snapping it and pulling it aside sometimes Jin’s of the to low they may not always look right but let’s keep it because if you keep it you still have the option of doing it [Applause] I can always shorten the gents later on mind you in nature you do find trees that have branches died back like this many of the pines and Bristlecone Pines have this habit so we are trying to recreate what does happen in nature quite frequently so bear that in mind this is clearly live branch it can come back the ones which are obviously dead are the ones that I’m removing see that is well alive so I’ll be careful how I remove that that is also alive there there’s a lot of life growth but whether it will but back here is another matter let’s see how we go but from this side that fee looks quite presentable [Music] [Music] [Laughter] [Music] you so just removing the browned needles from these branches and cutting out the ones which are already dead has made it look quite reasonable so all is not lost that is hope yet but as to whether they will bud back from the old wood cryptomeria doesn’t back but back that easily but I shall try so we’ll continue to remove these dead branches or the dead foliage there’s a lot of that foliage so what I’ve done so far is just tidy up the tree and you can see the amount of debris that I’ve got out both on the floor and here all these are just did dried up and dead branches so just removing that makes this trees almost salvageable so it can be salvaged and we can make something of it and the buck although covered in moss is quite interesting it’s got a beautiful base and just the dead branches there makes it quite interesting and my vision for this tree is just to take the branches because we’ve lost the low branches if I make the branches to hang down this way these lower branches that have been lost won’t matter that much so I’ll bring some really thick wire and wire it down to give you some impression as to what it would look like so I’m going to use six millimeter wire it’s quite thick wire six millimeter Japanese war this is not meant to be final wiring it’s just training wire so that maybe in the next two years these branches were set in positional so although I haven’t mentioned it you notice that we always use one piece of art while the two branches goes without saying with very old branches such as these it may take at least two years maybe even more for it to set so we’re bringing the branches down so it fills the space of the branches that we have lost change the gauge of why for the next lot for this branch of why these two branches [Music] I’ve almost finished all the wiring that I intend to do at this stage of the trees life I think it will definitely come back again because I’ve not cleared all the debris it’s more like getting into it so it’s really just to show you the future potential of this tree what appeared to me almost a non-starter and I’m sure a lot of people would give the right on for a tree like this so what started off initially as a basket case as you can see it is anubhava skip but not in that sense it really has in it so although it’s been going in a most fall and I would say just under two years I will now wait and see what happens in the next season and maybe in the next season and the roots are very good on this side but there are lots of new roots there so the hopeful signs and maybe with a bit of fertilizer next year this tree should pick up and if we get a lot of a new growth coming on the old wood which it should be by pruning against this tree will have some future and the owner can make features out of this drift work very nice beautiful it’s a lovely tree so if we compare the before and after shots and we can see how much I got rid of there was no hope of this growing again so we just burn that and hopefully in a year or twos time this should look quite reasonable again [Music] you

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