Birch bonsai in the making

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I collected this downy birch (betula pubescens) in March from a field. I planted it in a mix of akadama, lava rock, perlite and composted cow manure (sounds weird, I know). It grew extremely well! I'm not planning on pruning it, just removed some suckers and recently also some of the larger leaves, in order to get some light to reach the interior buds.

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Lovely white bark, decent flare and the first branch is already in place!

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Ii'm really happy with the roots! The only downside is that it doesn't have the same root-spread on the backside. But I really can't complain!

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Should've chopped it lower though...

New leader:
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Trunk chop next spring. Should make a good looking shohin!
 

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Pruned back the apical shoots and wired the future primary branches.
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Chopped it two weeks ago. I was worried some of the primary branches would die, but luckily they all survived. Couldn't be more happy!
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Two large chops:
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The buds were just starting to turn green when I made the cuts. The tree didn't bleed at all.

Side view:
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The new leader was left untouched. It grew 70 cm last year, after collection.
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I hope I can keep it happy! :)
 

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