All Things Gardening forum: How do I finish this braid??

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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jul 16, 2013 6:16 PM CST
This is my malabar chestnut. It is bonsai and indoors. I want to finish off the braid as the tree is growing taller. It is about 24" tall. It is 5-strand. I looked up 5 strand braid but the way this was started was not the standard 5-strand braid...not that I could figure it out anyway! Any clues for me to help make this tree look nice as it grows?

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Name: Greene
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greene
Jul 22, 2013 6:24 PM CST
I have been busy looking for an answer - I even looked at braiding horses' tails and braiding lucky bamboo (I know it's not really bamboo), but I can't find a pleasing arrangement with 5 stems. Sorry, I will keep looking.
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Name: Arlene
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abhege
Jul 22, 2013 6:50 PM CST
Can you finish as started with two of the three strands being doubles?
Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Jul 24, 2013 7:39 PM CST
How pliable is it? If you can easily try different configurations, I'd to that. Otherwise, perhaps use some lengths of rope to duplicate what you already have and then try different twists to see what you like.
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woofie
Jul 27, 2013 4:19 PM CST
Oh, now, practicing with rope, that is a GOOD idea, Deb! Thumbs up
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Jul 30, 2013 7:11 PM CST
Cheryl, post a photo if/when you do your final braid. You gave me a good idea to likewise 'braid' a leaning curly willow out in my yard. I hooked it onto itself here and there to straighten it up. Looks much better. Time will tell if it will continue to lean toward more sunshine or if perhaps it is now tall enough to stand on its own.
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