On 28 February 2021, I posted a blog article named “Off the back of a truck”. https://bonsaiplace.net/2021/02/28/off-the-back-of-a-truck/
In that article I speculated about the specie of plant and my guess was correct as it is indeed a Gardenia. It flowered not too long ago, only one flower, but between that and the glassy leaves, the identification is now locked in.
The photos below are of the plant when I found it on the back of a truck on its way to be dumped as well as a photo when it was potted up on that day.
This is now just more than fifteen months later and the photo below shows the growth since the first planting and as mentioned, there was also a flower during the last summer.
The tree has been fertilised regularly, mainly with a liquid seaweed type of fertiliser, but other than that, mainly left alone with a regular watering regime. It is now time to do a bit of thinning of the branches, light wiring where necessary and inspection and a bit of work on the pruning cuts.
There are two things to consider now. The one is to change the angle as shown in the picture below and to even tilt it even more in the direction shown.
The second one is to remove the thinner, lower branch on the right. That might even be done sooner rather than later.
In summary. This is the start and where we are today.
Now it goes back to the bench and another year of watering, fertiliser and providing optimum growing conditions for this tree to thrive.
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