Field-grown trident

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Once the branch structure is in place the technique changes. Here's a great blog post on Bonsai Tonight that focuses on refinement and maintenance work rather than development as discussed here.

https://bonsaitonight.com/2017/08/08/cutback-partial-defoliation-trident-maple/

One common problem I've seen is that people start applying refinement and maintenance techniques far too early while their trees are still in development.

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Once the branch structure is in place the technique changes. Here's a great blog post on Bonsai Tonight that focuses on refinement and maintenance work rather than development as discussed here.

https://bonsaitonight.com/2017/08/08/cutback-partial-defoliation-trident-maple/

One common problem I've seen is that people start applying refinement and maintenance techniques far too early while their trees are still in development.

Scott
Thanks. But of course I always read Jonas' articles on Tuesday and Friday mornings when they post. This tree is very much in the early development stage. I'll post it in a separate thread some other time when I have a better collection of pictures. I have been using this and your other other trident thread as excellent instructions.
 

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Thanks. But of course I always read Jonas' articles on Tuesday and Friday mornings when they post. This tree is very much in the early development stage. I'll post it in a separate thread some other time when I have a better collection of pictures. I have been using this and your other other trident thread as excellent instructions.
Thank you Lars - I'm glad you feel as though you've got something out of them. I look forward to following the development of your tree.

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Hi @markyscott ,
What a fantastic progression thread. For newbies like me you explain things so well, and I really like where this tree is going. So thank you :)

One part of the process I am curious about is the growing plastic trays. I guess they work similar to grow boxes. Are they similar to the “Anderson flats” I read about on here. Either way, can you please describe the dimensions of them so I can look at sourcing some in my country. Or I guess I will have to improve my carpentry skills lol.
Charles
 

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Hi @markyscott ,
What a fantastic progression thread. For newbies like me you explain things so well, and I really like where this tree is going. So thank you :)

One part of the process I am curious about is the growing plastic trays. I guess they work similar to grow boxes. Are they similar to the “Anderson flats” I read about on here. Either way, can you please describe the dimensions of them so I can look at sourcing some in my country. Or I guess I will have to improve my carpentry skills lol.
Charles

Hi Charles. I’m glad you got something out of it.

It’s in an Anderson flat. They come in several sizes - this one is 17” x 17”. They can be purchased through Stuwe & Sons. Here’s a link to their catalog. https://www.stuewe.com/products/datasheets/stuewe2018.pdf

But if I were you, I’d just build a grow box. It super easy to do and it can be done with zero skills. That’s the reason I can do it. Here’s a thread on how I build them.
https://www.bonsainut.com/threads/grow-pots.21567/

Scott
 

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Two week update from the spring work. Here's what we're looking for from a strong tree. Lots of backbudding that we can cut back to the next time we work to develop branch structure. This new growth will harden off in six weeks or so and then we can work it again. In my growing season, I should be able to do this work 3-4 times this year.
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This is a great post Mark loads of information!! Really great for beginners like me - thank you for posting.

I have a question about post 101 - the section where you are healing the wound. That looks like quite a big area on the trunk- what's the plan with this? Will you wait for it to heal right over and then run a thread graft through it? Or an approach graft? Will you hide it by wiring a branch and bending it across to hide it! Or do you have other plans?

Many thanks,

Andy
 

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This is a great post Mark loads of information!! Really great for beginners like me - thank you for posting.

I have a question about post 101 - the section where you are healing the wound. That looks like quite a big area on the trunk- what's the plan with this? Will you wait for it to heal right over and then run a thread graft through it? Or an approach graft? Will you hide it by wiring a branch and bending it across to hide it! Or do you have other plans?

Many thanks,

Andy
Hi Andy -

That wound will heal over no problem - it’s nearly healed now. There have been several such cuts on this tree to develop the taper and movement. If a branch is needed open that location, it will have to be grafted as no buds will emerge from callus wood.

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Thanks Scott. Hard to get a sense of perspective on size from pictures on here! I didn't realise that a calloused wound could support a graft - have you ever had to do that?
Hi Andy. You can absolutely graft to callus tissue. It just has no dormant buds, so you’ll never get adventitious budding from it.

Scott.