Japanese larch progression

(Mateusz Hudzik) #1

Hi all
I’d like to share with you my another tree from my collection.
Originally tree was collected in 2010.
Main trunk was damage above first and the only branch, which later was trained as a new leader.
First photo show tree after first initial styling (sorry I didn’t have any photos before that).

2011 after first styling

2014 In autumn

2016 before and after another wiring

2017 winter

2018 summer

2018 before and after another wiring session

(Frank Corrigan) #2

Very nice progression, well done.

(Jonas Dupuich) #3

Very nice work Mateusz - it’s great to see the progress over time. Do you have any tips for us about how you develop larch?

(Mateusz Hudzik) #4

I grow my larches in fully sun, fertilise with fully balance fertiliser and in autumn with low nitrogen. As a growing medium I use very open soil mix (cat litter mixed with composted pine bark and sharp river sand 1:1:1).

Larches respond to pinching new shots very well. I let them grow to about 50mm (2 inches) and pinch them back to about half way (it depends what i want to achieve). I carry on with this process during growing season and in autumn i have very dense branch structure and select branches which I want to keep