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Hemlock Summer Season Trim-|Michael Hagedorn

Summer season is a great time to cut a Hemlock. They develop plant power and also expand origins if we leave the springtime fires on a while. For a not-yet-developed bonsai, it’s an excellent suggestion to leave shoots on till autumn.

On established bonsai, mid-summer is a great time to cut shoots. If we reduced far too late, tiny buds will not have time to create dimension and also power prior to winter months cold.

I have not included this Hill Hemlock in a long period of time. It won the won “Very best Evergreen” in the 2016 National Program. I gathered it with Greg Brenden in Oregon fifteen years back, and also currently each year there’s a two-day trim experience. Which is what I want to share today.


August 2022. Hill Hemlock with springtime fires still unmolested. This is a large tree, 5′ 6″/ 1.7 m, taking 2-4 individuals to relocate (we make use of posts and also bands below).


Both crowns are cut, the reduced branches on left trunk yet to do. The springtime shoots are 1/2″ -2″ long.


We have 2 choices in reducing springtime fires. Alternative # 1 revealed right here: Cut solid shoots back to smaller sized shoots. Alternative # 1 thins vegetation to include following year’s development, and also eliminates solid shoots.


Alternative # 2, shoot-shortening: Trim to buds. Difficult to see the buds, yet if you desire size on the branch, to keep (component of the) more powerful shoots, or to maintain shoot thickness, this is your approach of selection.

On this established tree I utilized alternative # 1 to slim most locations; alternative # 2 on reduced, weak locations. In solid locations like the crowns I utilized a mix of both, reducing solid discharge, after that trimming the continuing to be ones to internal buds.

Recognize the buds thoroughly, as Hemlock will not stand out a bud where you reduced.


After cutting. This tree is on display screen at the Rose city Japanese Yard, needs to anybody be passing. It remains in the surprise bonsai balcony up the staircases and also via the major structure. Ask for it! This balcony is intended to be “found,” yet I assume offering a tip is permitted …

Below’s an article concerning the tree’s background, and also its positioning on the Corian piece base: Large Hill Hemlock Glob

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