Spruce Forest Time Lapse–
This is a time lapse in two photos. Which isn’t much of a progression, but flipping between the two images there are some changes, most significantly the building of the foliar masses into proto-pads, creating density. Each spring as the new shoots come out they are pinched approximately in half (less for weaker ones, a harder pinch for stronger shoots).
Spring pinching encourages budding down the branch especially at the shoot bases, and this translates into increased shoots the next growing season. From this point on for this spruce, given the high budding potential of Ezo, the shoot density will increase exponentially.
This fall we also shortened some branches. And last spring we put it in a slimmer, more forest-appropriate pot. In a few years, assuming all goes well, the crowns should round naturally and the forest will take on a more aged appearance. At the moment it still feels a tad young…
Ezo Spruce forest in January 2017 after a restyling. The first post of this spruce is here.
And the spruce forest two growing seasons later, October 2018. Some building of the foliage pads is apparent, but rounded contours are still to come in the crowns.