Elm bonsai from last years cuttings

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I have +- 20 elm cuttings (Ulmus minor) from last year, that just started to push new growth. They're all from this parent tree:
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Here are most of the cuttings:
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I took them in May 2019 and potted them in perlite, mixed with some sand. (No particular reason for this mix, I just had it laying around). They grew well last year and most of them are coming out of dormancy. All of them are hardwood cuttings btw. Shoots that are 1 to 2 years old I guess.

Some of them were still very flexible:
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Others will be trained as broom and (informal) upright trees. Tomorrow I'll repot most of them and start training the roots to form a nice radial shape.

I also took 7 cuttings and put them together, in order to create a clump style planting in the future:

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Happy to see so many fine roots! I cut all the roots that were higher up, to create a flat root base.

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Some cuttings had formed a tap root and one or two thicker lateral roots. They were cut back as well.

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Thicker roots + one small root higher up.

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This one had a suprisingly even root base!
 

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It's like opening a Christmas present!
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Fitting them together:
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I tied them together with a piece of aluminium wire, wrapped in electrical tape.
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Training pot with lots of holes for drainage and aeration.
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Mix of akadama, pumice and vulcanic rock.
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End result:
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