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  1. Trigobontree

    First Chops! Thoughts?

    Did my first chops. Thoughts? Should I go further? Found these at the nursery while browsing. Should of taken before photos. One was a 3ft tall tree (love the peeling bark) and the other was a fairly decent size bush. I forgot the names, I’ll go outside and find the tags once I work up the...
  2. B

    Tri Maple advice

    Looking for some opinions on this little guy I picked up this winter. It's got this big ugly knot on top and the branches are less than ideal. Its got a great and base tho! Thought I would get some opinions before I proceed. Chop most the top off or work with what is there?
  3. grb

    Need Advice - Ficus Chop and Repot

    Hi nuts, I just bought this ficus (photos below) and I am looking to repot it, prune the roots (if needed), and possibly chop at the magenta line I am wondering though, is this chop too big? And will it rebud? I'll post all updates to this thread!
  4. Bnana

    European hornbeam

    This hornbeam had to be removed from a garden and that allowed me to collect it and try to make something out of it. It has been collected end of December, not ideal but leaving it longer was no option. I removed a large part of the roots, the taproot and lower sidetroots, and there are only...
  5. J

    Time Sensitive Collecting

    Hello everyone, I have been developing bonsai for a few years now but only with nursery stock, no yamadori, collecting... Now my aunt's house has gotten quite overgrown the last few years and while looking over the property I noticed a few good candidates for collection. The issue is that this...
  6. HENDO

    Juniper Informal Upright Chop - Opinions Please!

    Hey All, I have a relatively decent nursery specimen here and am contemplating a relatively hefty cut. The trunk gets fairly straight and untapered towards the top section then the leader curves downwards in a large arc that just isn't looking realistic to me. I'm thinking of chopping at the...
  7. zekelogan

    Too soon? Prunus Subhirtella...

    These suckers seem to be above the graft line, thus a green light for trunk chopping? If not, I'm gonna start strategizing some air layering up top. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Location: CT, USA
  8. Tbwilson33

    Nursery ficus. Chop? Air layer? Looking for advice

    Hey everyone, novice bonsai guy just looking for advice. I found this at a local mom and pop shop for 35 dollars and thought why not? Decent size trunk on it. I just bought it thinking of trunk chopping it and trying to root some cuttings but I just started thinking I could air layer the top to...
  9. Gsquared

    Has anyone ever done a severe chop on a copper beech?

    Wondering if anyone has reduced a large beech with a major chop? I saw one at a nursery and it doesn’t really have any branches on the lower part of the trunk where you’d want them. Root base and flare are good though. The first branch is about 16-18” up, so that would be the lowest to chop you...
  10. Clicio

    JBP trunk chop best timing?

    Well, I have this young JBP I have successfully reppoted early spring, AND decandled two weeks ago (it's summer in Brazil now). It is growing strongly fertilized with BioGold, new shoots everywhere, but.... Its destiny is to be chopped low down the main trunk and letting a strong first branch...
  11. ConorDash

    European Beech

    A European Beech I got from Bobby. Fairly established in its pot, I am waiting till next year to repot so I can chop this year. Its a good size, nice little base and movement in its trunk which I will increase upon with chop and grow. Leaves look nice... Then I cut its head off...
  12. ColinFraser

    Fun Little Ginkgo Progression

    Just a little tree I've been screwing around with for a while - nothing amazing, but its been fun so far. Here are a couple of teasers while I find the 2014 photos . . .
  13. Castanea

    Bald Cypress - CHOP

    I want to begin working on a bald cypress by purchasing nursery stock and chopping it low. I live in VA, hardiness zone 7a What is the best time of year for me to do this? Thanks
  14. Boise_Guy

    Ficus Root Base Spread & Chop Project

    I've got myself another big ficus! Benjamina I believe. I've only just recently chopped my first one and now it's time to start messing with this one :) Its 8 feet tall from bottom of pot to top of branches. Was potted just last year by previous owner, but he is using potting soil. I'm...
  15. ColinFraser

    A Couple of Crabapples

    At the Shohin Convention last month I bought a few crabapples to play with - one of them appears to be dead, not dormant! Oops. Anyway, the two that are supposed to have white flowers are leafing out now. They're kind of ridiculous looking - a squat trunk with long straight upward shooting...
  16. ColinFraser

    Chopped and ReChopped Olive

    I just potted up a little olive I bought from a landscape nursery, probably in late 2014, and I thought I'd share its evolution thus far - it's certainly been instructive for me. It was several feet tall, and I cut off all the long stuff so it could stand up in the car. One of the reasons I...
  17. S

    Should I just let this maple keep growing?

    Does this maple need some pruning work or should I just let it keep growing? I'd like it to be thicker but I also would like to see more lower branches.
  18. S

    2 elms in ground need chopping

    I could use some advice on what to do with 2 elms that have been growing in the ground for awhile. I'm not sure what type this first one is. I feel like I let the large right trunk get to big but I kind of want to leave it so there isn't a huge scar. Should I shorten both trunks and just...
  19. Boise_Guy

    Ficus Benjamina Chop

    I got this 20 year old Ficus off Craigslist about 3 months ago and have acclimated it to my house in this SE corner where it gets good light from windows. It was repotted 3 weeks ago in pine bark (organic), cinder (inorganic rock), sand mix (40/50/10% respectively). Its doing okay now after...
  20. Japanese Maple

    Japanese Maple

    Japanese Maple Acer Palmatum species. Unknown Cultivar. Derived from a major trunk chop and in development since 1994
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