Japanese Maple Forest

Discussion in 'Forests, saikei' started by RKatzin, Jun 18, 2017 at 2:45 PM.

  1. RKatzin

    RKatzin Shohin

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    Here's a peek at a forest I'm working on. I put it together about five years ago using one, two and three year old seedlings I had gathered. Still needs a lot of work, but I like it so far. IMG_20170618_141016986.jpg IMG_20170618_140918458.jpg IMG_20170618_141225660.jpg
     
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  3. augustine

    augustine Shohin

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    Good spacing and angles, I like it very much. Thank you
     
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  4. j evans

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    I like it, good job. What is the width of the box?
     
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    Thanks, the box is 24"x14"x4" and it's been about four years, with one repot. Time for a nice slab.
     
  7. Cadillactaste

    Cadillactaste Imperial Masterpiece

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    Cool little project you have going on there.
     
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  8. RKatzin

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    Thanks CT, I had put together a few before, but with little satisfaction. Typical picket fence because I was using trees all from the same batch. This is built from trees of three different batches. The biggest is three years older than the smallest. I love it when a plan comes together.
     
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    just.wing.it Masterpiece

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    Looks like your on to something there!
    I haven't ventured into forest making yet...
     
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  10. Bolero

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    Excellent Japanese Maple stock but Tray way too big and Trees are spread out too much...
    Easy fix...Use a smaller tray or pot and move the trees closer together creating a scene of some sort, use your imagination here...
     
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  11. Brian Van Fleet

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    The box is to grow them out. That, along with the spacing indicates @RKatzin is going for a larger composition than you currently see. My only recommendation is to raise the soil level and cover those exposed surface roots for a few more years. They appear to have very nice radial distribution, and they'll thicken/age better underground. Alternately, you can let a good ground cover of moss overtake it. That helps too.
     
  12. RKatzin

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    My first few attempts I planted on slabs. I found this to be counterproductive to the further development of the trees. So I changed course and began planting more developed trees in grow boxes with plenty of room for growth. The result you see here. There was two more trees and replacements are being grown to be fitted in at the next repot. It is a work in progress and I'm taking the long way around this time.
     
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    Thanks Brian, you're right on, a bigger composition is in the works. I usually keep the roots covered, just exposed them for the pics. I dislike moss on unfinished work. I mean pieces I'm working on. It is just living in moss central, it's everywhere on everything.
     
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