Beech forest in the making

Andrew Robson

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Deciduous trees are slow to create. Unlike a yamadori conifer, which can be designed in as little as a day, deciduous trees are designed and built slowly over a long period of time.

Here is a Japanese Beech forest that I started almost 3 years ago. I wasn't in the habit of taking pictures regularly back then, but I have a picture of the tree from last year and from today.

It is still much in its youth, but its coming along nicely. The pot was just something I had laying around at the time, so it will go into a nice pot in about 10 years.

I'll add some younger trees when I repot either this spring or the next one.

Cheers!
 

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Looks great Andrew! I like the layout, it feels natural. You mentioned that you are going to repot it either next spring or the following, you also mentioned that you want to get it in a nice pot in around 10 years. Do you mind going into a little more detail on that? Are you wanting it in a deeper pot while it develops? Im happy to see you posting :)
 

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You mentioned that you are going to repot it either next spring or the following, you also mentioned that you want to get it in a nice pot in around 10 years. Do you mind going into a little more detail on that?

Hi Matt,

It will get repotted into a slightly larger pot when it gets repotted next, as I'm imagining this growing into a bigger group than it currently is. When I do that, I'll add more young trees, and a larger container will be needed for balance.

Are you wanting it in a deeper pot while it develops?

Its hard to tell from the picture, but the pot its in now is several inches deep. It just needs to be larger in length and width. If I don't have any ceramic options, I'll build a box.

Perhaps in 10 or so years, it will be ready for a mid-range pot (shuho, koyo, yamaaki, yamafusa, or etc.)

It will probably be show ready in about 20-25 years, and award worthy in about 50. It'll be fun to develop over time!
 

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