I am planning for quite a bit more root reduction for fitting. The bottom layers will be removed to prepare for a shallower permanent pot.I think you could take off a bit more roots to flatten out the base on this one. It looks like you have 3 layers of roots which can definitely remove the lowest set.
Excellent reminder. That is why I am bare rooting these trees so they can be placed close together as needed.My main advice (the thing that I struggled with and still do struggle with) is leaving some areas of negative space in the composition. I've put together a few forests and the next day I often wish I had pushed a few trees closer together to leave a bit more room for negative space.
Here's an example of a forest by Kimura (Bonsai Today issue 100: initial placement, then after 3 years of maturing). Look at how close together many of those trunks are and then how much negative space is left in the pot because of it. Those negative spaces in the center, on the left, and a few smaller gaps among the trees, are a big part of this composition's appeal.
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