Fall work on an Ume

Last winter I wired this Ume, which was a feat. The post is here:

https://nebaribonsai.wordpress.com/2020/02/22/winter-wiring-of-an-ume-prunus-mume/

This year, I didn’t get a chance to repot the tree, and along with the stress of wiring, it didn’t have a great year. Here is a shot in the growing season, weak left side, decent right side, not much interior growth.

In October I unwired the tree. Best to do this before the flower buds start to swell, as they’re easily knocked off. Before:

After, the branches held reasonably well.

And a week later, I removed the yellowing leaves, and the branching isn’t bad for an Ume:

A few branches trimmed, and a couple wired, and it’s ready for winter…and hopefully a good flower showing.

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