This is a question that will yield many preferential answers...Beginner question, but I still would like to know. If one wants to style a tree in a weeping style, is it it preferable to use a weeping cultivar or just to wire a regular tree as if it were weeping?
The pomegranate is a naturally upright grower. In that pic someone has wired the upright tree to make a weeping bonsai. I agree it looks good.I might be misunderstanding, but here's a pomegranate that is weeping - I think it looks fantastic, but I have no idea what the impact on wiring the tree this way would be long term.
I have a few weeping...
Bald cypress...Forced into a weeping style. I find that it being a 10 inch tree. But needs one to wire branches for sure. But we wire bonsai...it's what we do. I wouldn't have changed it's direction... Just be prepared to wire.
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Here’s my weeping Bald Cypress:
Other than the initial setting of branches...I permit this to just do it's thing. Boston Ivy just naturally weep. I do selective branch thinning as noted in the two images.
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A weeping ryusen maple variety...this is what you get... if you think you will just let it do it's thing. I permitted this tree to regain strength after significant dieback in the landscape winter of 2013-14. It only had a stub about 10 inches of trunkline...no branching at all when I collected it. I planted it as a slant style.
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The year I chose to prune it and focus on bonsai techniques toward it.
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I think...for such a cultivar...you have to have a larger tree as a final image. This one...the bench is 50" span there it sits on. The flared base and nebari...is ten inches.
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@William N. Valavanis has an upside-down pot. But not for that purpose. Just cool.Have seen pictures of folks hanging a potted tree upside down so that the new growth grows "upward". When the tree is ready to be shown it is untied and put right side up so that it is temporarily weeping. It's a cool technique but you'll have to be watering suspended trees through a drain hole. Or taking it down and dunking it. I'll pass personally but everyone has different interests. That being said I wouldn't attempt even a cascading style with any species that wasn't already inclined to "creep" like a procumbens nana. Call me lazy, I guess I am in some ways. But I feel like fighting a trees nature constantly is a pain. Granted if the material is striking and old I'd make exceptions, a lot of our collected pines and RMJ are trained into cascades and it's hard to poopoo them