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 Post subject: wannabe TC screen
PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:39 pm 
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Not knowing better my first purchases after moving here were all TC plants, planted late fall 2014.
Shown inching toward their goal.:happy3:
crassinodus, ‘Pingwu’, ‘Scabrida’, jiuzhaigou 1.

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drooping today with first rain of season :happy4:


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 Post subject: Re: wannabe TC screen
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They look lovely with the wet boulders. How do you keep the latter so clean? J1 looking especially fine.

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 Post subject: Re: wannabe TC screen
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I agree with johnw. It looks great. I thought I had done my research when I planted the variety 'Pingwu' in the fall 2015, when the species 'Campbell' would have been a better option for the site. I'm giving it another year to "straighten up" its act.
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 Post subject: Re: wannabe TC screen
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johnw wrote:
They look lovely with the wet boulders. How do you keep the latter so clean? J1 looking especially fine.

john


I haven't done anything other than brush away pine needles, usually just raking them under the rocks. 20 years ago used to be a water feature stream with pond at bottom that was abandoned due to attracting wildlife.
Bears, coyotes, deer, and racoons have a trail right behind crassinodus. Saw a bear run across street in front of me in neighborhood while walking Tues. morning.

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 Post subject: Re: wannabe TC screen
PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 2017 4:29 pm 
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iain wrote:
I agree with johnw. It looks great. I thought I had done my research when I planted the variety 'Pingwu' in the fall 2015, when the species 'Campbell' would have been a better option for the site. I'm giving it another year to "straighten up" its act.


I chose 'Pingwu' for the light color of the leaves to contrast with 'Scabrida' when they intermingle later.
Yours has grown up faster, does look like a pretty tight space there.
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Here are a couple pics of an upright 'Pingwu' at local nursery.


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 Post subject: Re: wannabe TC screen
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wind-borne wrote:
I chose 'Pingwu' for the light color of the leaves to contrast with 'Scabrida' when they intermingle later.
Yours has grown up faster, does look like a pretty tight space there.

The planting looks good now. Release the Acer! (if that's what it is). I'd say my Robustas have matured in thickness and height faster than Pingwu, but without the spread. Kimmei's catalogue says,"'Pingwu' Looks a little Farg. robusta 'Campbell' but it grows bigger and wider..." Anyhow, the comparisons have been had elsewhere, I'm sure. I'm just umming and ahing whether it should stay or go.

I must say, it is hard for us to imagine sharing our garden enviroment with bears! I'm assuming it is the Black bear and not the Grizzly. If they suddenly turned up, houseplants would suddenly become interesting.

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 Post subject: Re: wannabe TC screen
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Iain - I suspect you'll be rather chuffed when your 'Pingwu' looks like this. Wind-borne kindly sent me this screen shot last year.

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24C, sunny, feels like 30c w. the humidity.


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 Post subject: Re: wannabe TC screen
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Bloody hell. That tractor really puts it into perspective! I think I underestimated the potential eventual size. :)

Cheers John.

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 Post subject: Re: wannabe TC screen
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iain wrote:
Release the Acer! (if that's what it is).


Still trying to get a feel for how the 'Scabrida' will develop as I want the maple close to rock stream yet not squashed, is very much a dwarf. Did make me nostalgic for April…


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 Post subject: Re: wannabe TC screen
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Makes sense. I thought it might have been potted because it's a juvenile and placed under cover in winter. It's a nice plant. And you've got the autumn colour.

I heard Acers grow in acid soil but nowadays many of them are grafted.

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