Swamp White Oak

Thelorax

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I collected 3 White Oak or Swamp White Oaks on March 20th. They are growing like crazy in a soil mix that I learned from Ben Kirkland of Appalachian Bonsai. I’m going to just let them grow for a year and do some pruning next spring. My main concern with them is the way the bases were forme. They almost grow in a raft style with all the roots emerging from the far end. I’m hoping with new root growth I can reduce the size of the base and get some nice nebari. I’m feeding with 15-9-12. Any tips would be appreciate.
 

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Leo in N E Illinois

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@Thelorax
I liked them. Nice.

@Housguy
Branch ramification will dramatically reduce leaf size. Three or more degrees of branching are needed to get good leaf reduction, but the leaves should reduce to less than 2 inches (5 cm). Getting branches to branch will take a few years. Grow out, cut back, grow out, cut back. One or 2 cycles per year, for a number of years.
 

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