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Old 04-02-2010, 12:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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American Beech (Fagus Grandifolia)

Anyone tried to grow one? I know they are slow growing and better suited to large Bonsai.
I found one in the yard that looks like it might have potential.
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Old 04-07-2010, 03:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i love beech trees, they are one of my favorites. i say give it a shot. some very beautiful bonsai have been made from these lovely trees.
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Old 04-08-2010, 12:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
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I too have seen some very nice beech bonsai. Must admit I don't know that much about their cultivation, except that you want to use wire with great care because of the thin (therefore easily scarred) bark.
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Old 04-08-2010, 01:57 PM   #4 (permalink)
 
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I am worried that I might have killed this little guy, I'm waiting till some of the other Beech around here start popping their bud open to be sure. If it turns out I did kill it does anyone know if Beech can be airlayered? There are some near by that are on land that doesn't belong to anyone. I could also just do the the long way around at cut around half of it now half next year then harvest it.

Any suggestions?
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Hopefully when you lifted the tree you got quite a good root-ball. If so it should bud out along with the same variety in your yard. I would wait a while before calling its death.
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Old 04-11-2010, 12:38 PM   #6 (permalink)
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yes they can be airlayered and will readily produce roots in 5-6 months. is the cambium still green on the one you presume is dead? if it is green underneath and the branches and such are not brittle hold on to it.
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Dogget and Dankone, thank you for your help. My little beech has started to have some leaves pop out of the buds. I am so stoked. Out of all the trees I have killed so far the thought of killing this one had me kinda upset. I have been talking to it and giving it many words of encouragement, not sure if it helped but I'm saying it did. I will keep you posted on the progress and hopefully get some pictures sometime that I can actually upload.
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Old 04-16-2010, 12:22 PM   #8 (permalink)
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no need to get discouraged, i know for a fact anyone in these websites have killed many a tree. if they say they havent they are lying to you. if it did die learn from your mistake. sorta like doin an autopsy(why and how did the tree die?). from there the next one will have even more of a chance to be alive and healthy because the same mistakes will not be repeated.

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