Small Apple from 2015

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Here’s a small Apple that was started from seed in 2015 by Tom Post, long time President and member of the Santa Barbara Bonsai Club (and professional artist). He unfortunately passed in 2018 and most of his trees were purchased by various club members. He was fond of bougainvillea and had many collected from the landscape. I have one and another was donated to the GSBF collection at the Huntington. But that will have to be a thread for another day.

I had this in a small Japanese pot over potted in a terra cotta pot for 2yrs. I just repotted it into this Sorce Arts (@sorce) original acquired last year. I love the colors of the pot! I’m not sure where I’m going with the canopy. It’s mostly been clip and grow and I think it needs a hard cutback this year. But I want to keep it small and preserved the subtle wrinkles snd kinks in the trunk.

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I got it in 2019 and potted it up in 2020. I let it escape into a larger pot and then buried it to the rim in 2021. Here it was in 2020.
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It was escaping into this terra cotta and then I buried it to the rim for a year. I was worried that I’d find it cracked from the swelling escape roots. But it was intact.

For small containers like this, do you let the roots escape? Do you prune the escape roots during the year to prevent them getting too thick (more than one pruning?)?Or just a repot/prune every year? Do you bury the pot for temperature considerations in the summer?
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I’m thinking of thickening the central leader and working on a canopy shape like the photo. But it’s kind of boring. Maybe I should go more asymmetrical?

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