Itoigawa Trimming

This tree was tidied up for the Alabama club show in May, and left to grow until mid-August, when I trimmed it up again in preparation for the fall growth spurt.

Look at those strong runners. Left alone, they’ll keep running, and the interior growth will weaken. We want to push foliage back to the trunk, and always work to tighten up the design. Start with removing the running shoots, with scissors, like this.
Before:

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After:

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Notice how all the bright green growing tips are still intact? That’s the goal. Direct the energy back to those growing tips by removing the strong runners.
Before removing just the runners:

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After removing just the runners:

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Here is what I removed; less than it appears:

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Then, thin out heavy areas and downward-growing shoots. More salad:

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Done for now:

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4 thoughts on “Itoigawa Trimming

  1. Thanks Brian for the reminder on shimpaku. I noticed yesterday all the strong growth really coming on and need to cut them make to strengthen the interior. Tom

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