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Clip and grow gone mad


I was walking down past the duck pond in work and spotted what I thought were birds nests in the trees so I headed over for a look.

As I got closer to the tree I realised they were at the ends of the branches so they couldn’t be birds nest.

They have been branches that overhung the path and have been broke at some stage and sprouted new growth from that point. They nearly look like someone has been tending to them to keep them in a perfect ball shape.

I looked a little closer to see if they had sprouted, been cut back and sprouted again which might explain the density of branches but they all come from the one point on the main branch.

Isn’t nature a weird creature. I’m just glad its on a proper tree and not a bonsai, branch selection would be a nightmare!


Quick Update – Three new trees??

One of the advantages to working in a garden centre is the opportunity to find new trees that I otherwise wouldn’t have found.


I found these 3 Sorbus at the back of our pollytunnel. They were around 12ft tall however they had seen better days. I thought they would make a good candidate for bonsai as there is still life in the trunks.

So I’ve cut them back and fed them so I will leave them for a couple of years to push on a bit of new growth before repotting into a bonsai mix. I haven’t had a look at the rootball yet so I’m not sure what lurks below the surface but I will leave them for a year before I carry out any kind of root reduction.

I will keep you posted on any progress.

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