Tales from the Crypt omeria

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I saw this cryptomeria black dragon on the clearance rack at a local nursery when I first got into bonsai in 2017. I came home looked around bnut and the web and decided to go for it. I got it for $50 in June 201720170620_152628.jpg20170620_152717.jpg
 

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A week or so later I gave it an initial edit. I was pleased with the slight curve in the trunk20170627_184542.jpg
 

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After this I noticed some browning foliage. Being new to the hobby I didn't discover it was spider mites until the tree had went considerably downhill. Unfortunately, also being new I didn't realize that I should treat the pests a few times to get rid of them. Thankfully the tree survived and I left it in its original container for all of the 2018 growing season. It just seemed to survive, not really much recovery. So here's how it looked in feb 2019. I was kind of tired of dealing with it so I bare rooted it and stuck it in an anderson flat for the full year
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The tree actually thrived in the flat with aggregate bonsai soil mixed with some bark. This spring I repotted again as I'm trying to move from so many nursery containers and cut back the top a little. I didn't cut many roots, just some of the longest ones. Here is the tree today. It's got some back budding starting I'm hoping for a little more. Anyway, it's starting to shape up. Maybe a little wiring after this season.

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