Gollum getting bigger by the day

greenclaws UKzone8aMarch 26, 2014

Gollum escaped a whacking for the time being as I have no idea where to start! Forgot to put anything there for scale but the tiles are 4inch square. Do you think it needs thinning out please?
Gill UK

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cactusmcharris

Sharpen your secateurs, there's a real need for them. Same as your large(st) plant, thin from above/below for desired shape.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2014 at 10:28PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Excellent specimen! Prune as you wish, as Jeff says.
My 'Gollum' has put on some nice growth, but still not bushy enough yet for pruning.

Josh

    Bookmark   March 27, 2014 at 12:49AM
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Calzoner(9b)

Shape looks great to me. I'd leave as is for the time being if it were mine. Good growing =)

    Bookmark   March 27, 2014 at 10:29AM
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puglvr1(9b central FL)

Great looking Gollum Gill!! Nice and bushy and healthy looking :o)

    Bookmark   March 27, 2014 at 3:21PM
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greenclaws UKzone8a

I think I need to do some forum searching for examples of Gollum pruning to help me with this one even though I like it's overall shape. It hardly ever loses any leaves. Thanks for the replies/encouragement.
Gill UK

    Bookmark   March 27, 2014 at 5:36PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

If you want to make a first cut, I could see nipping a little off the left-hand side (the furthest extension) in the first image. Then, I'd look down on the Jade and just balance it out from a bird's eye view.

Josh

    Bookmark   March 27, 2014 at 8:56PM
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greenclaws UKzone8a

Thanks again Josh, I'm sure things will look slightly different come Monday when I'll transform into Edward Secateurhands again.
Gill UK

    Bookmark   March 28, 2014 at 1:16PM
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nikki702

ohh I love it... looks amazing :-)

    Bookmark   March 28, 2014 at 4:56PM
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hijole(9 Sunny California)

Wow! this can get interesting come monday, it's kind of like getting a hair cut over the phone or 2 Lol...

Josh, good sugestions though I can see it a little off the left then move to the right snip here, snip there snip, snip snip..

greenclaws, i will add this Josh does know his plants not that he needs an advocate or anything just saying.

puglvr, I agree, Nice an bushy & healthy looking ;)

Jeff, Yup! snip here, snip there clip clip clip... and she's looking good.

Can't wait till Monday and if it's to much I remember what one of my barbers used to say " It'l grow back :/

Greg

    Bookmark   March 28, 2014 at 5:47PM
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kaktuskris(5)

I am usually all for whacking, but I personally like it the way it is...

Christopher

    Bookmark   March 28, 2014 at 7:33PM
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hijole(9 Sunny California)

greenclaws, Heres one of mine that might give you an idea, theres so many things that can be done with them.

Greg

    Bookmark   March 28, 2014 at 9:25PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Greg, that one's lookin' downright gorgeous!

Josh

    Bookmark   March 28, 2014 at 10:28PM
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hijole(9 Sunny California)

Well thanks Josh, mine had been off in a córner somewhere and it grew & grew so when I got to it, I gave him a trim.

Greg

    Bookmark   March 29, 2014 at 12:07AM
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greenclaws UKzone8a

Great looking Gollum you have there Greg, it has a very natural tree-like appearance.
I will have to take a very close look at mine before I attempt to alter it. I must say I do like the way it looks currently, but there is always room for improvement, but I can't promise at the moment there will be that many Gollum cuttings on the g/h floor come Monday evening.
Gill UK

    Bookmark   March 29, 2014 at 5:26PM
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whip1 Zone 5 NE Ohio

If it was my plant, I'd let it have another summer outside before I trimmed it. The plant has lots of potential.
One of the things I like to do is look at trees outside. This time of year, you can see the branches, and I try to mimic the trees I see when I trim my Jades.

    Bookmark   March 31, 2014 at 4:02PM
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