Mighty fine! I like your plan of action. You’re approaching this clump really well....and enjoying the journey. Someday, I hope to see the bigger picture of what the clump looks like. Really nice roots in the meantime.Haha, Thx @Shibui and @Tieball
This is not a fully serious thread in this sense. These are seedlings from Korean mountain maples, now 2 seasons old that I put together last year. The aim is to create a clump of 2feet tall; So lots of growing to be done. I on purpose put the pot on top of a large container (Infact, on top of one of my other bonsai growing out in a box).
I have trimmed the roots back to a circle of 2 inch diameter and repotted, to do the same this year again. I know this reduces the development speed, but I am going slow on this one. It will become a very light elegant airy tree with slender lines, which is fine by me. Growing an inch or 2 per year (So trimming back annually). Just to see what the result is in time. And when I am fed up in 5 years, I will chuck it in the garden for further trunkdevelopment, probably.
I've also moved to similar development methods after getting fed up with coarse trunks with large scars. Particularly suited to Japanese maples which look vastly better with unmarked trunks and elegant lines and also smaller sized bonsai.I have trimmed the roots back to a circle of 2 inch diameter and repotted, to do the same this year again. I know this reduces the development speed, but I am going slow on this one. It will become a very light elegant airy tree with slender lines, which is fine by me. Growing an inch or 2 per year (So trimming back annually).
@Adair M Good point! That wide, yet shallow, growing environment would be especially beneficial to the root spread, thickening and appearance as the trees grows to the desired size. I forget about that myself quite often.I get the grow it slow to prevent large scars approach.
But why encourage downward roots?
Japanese maples are characterized by their surface roots. Radial roots. Even if you’re not going for a plate style nebari, you want roots going out, not down.
A wide, shallow grow box is much more beneficial to your stated goals than the approach you’re taking.
You would do even better by affixing that clump to a board.
And, for Smoke’s delicate disposition, I’ll just say that’s my opinion, take it or leave it.
Hi Adair, good point, thank you.But why encourage downward roots?
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