That Forsythia was heralded as the largest in bonsai culture. If memory serves me the asking price was in the neighborhood of 6K. A truly beautiful specimen. However not worth life and limb were my wife was concerned.one that sold at the Growing Grounds Nursery this past year I believe. No price was indicated that I can remember.
You're welcome, now if you could show me where I might cash out at?!!
Which word was it?
I took for granted that you may not be familiar with growing bonsai stock in the ground for a number of years before beginning training in a pot. For the above mentioned I am growing my forsythias in the ground right now to develope a good trunk and nebari (surface roots).
They are growing in a grow bed with with a 1 square foot tile under the roots to develope a strong shallow radial root system.
How I have been instructed to develope them is to allow a strong central leader leader to grow unrestrained while ideally trying to keep a number of branches lower on the trunk to encourage rapid girth expansion. Leaving the apical bud undisturbed allows the tree to grow without slowing down. Nearly all trees and shrubs growth are controlled by a single apical bud.
Like I said earlier trunk chopping periodically to develope taper and movement and fighting back those suckers from the roots in if all goes well 5-10 years you may have a decent peice of material to work with.
I have no useful suggestions whatsoever, but I thought I would post a very old stump I dug up from my new house. It was a large overgrown mess falling into the driveway when I bought the house in late 2008. I cut it back and wrestled it out of the ground in early 2009. I left all the trunk stumps too long originally; I do not pretend to have a credible explanation for this, although I must have had some sort of thought about that at the time.
In any case, it grew quite happily last year, and I cut the stumps back again this winter This is where I am now. Some of the live stumps still probably are too long, and a lot of the stumps you see are dead but, I think, beautiful. The eventual plan is to try to save the bases of most of the stumps and to thicken up new leaders and to give them movement over time, eventually settling into a nice clump style.
It even flowered for me this year, in its first year in captivity...I think that's good. I think.
possibly next year. ....Chris
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