The 2010 BonsaiNut Maple Project

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I was looking this tree over, the one you recently chopped. I am wondering with all the talk in the other thread about wanting movement lower on the trunk, if this stove pipe isn't too long?

I would have chopped it lower, but I usually prepare mine for future chopping by retaining a bud at the future chop site to cut to. In this case the horizontal node line looks to be in the middle of your stove pipe, so it will probably bud there and you could cut back to that area later in the summer?

I look at the long straight line on the right side of the tree. That is a very long straight line.
 

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I was looking this tree over, the one you recently chopped. I am wondering with all the talk in the other thread about wanting movement lower on the trunk, if this stove pipe isn't too long?

I would have chopped it lower, but I usually prepare mine for future chopping by retaining a bud at the future chop site to cut to. In this case the horizontal node line looks to be in the middle of your stove pipe, so it will probably bud there and you could cut back to that area later in the summer?

I look at the long straight line on the right side of the tree. That is a very long straight line.
Yep, there are 2 nodes, one better positioned below the one you drew an arrow to, on the other side. I left both nodes, plus another 3/4" to account for dieback. It will be reduced further this summer when I see my options. Right now, I envision this tree to finish out around 28" tall.
 

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Root work

It's been a few years since I bare-rooted this, but I did undercut a portion of one side last summer. It responded very well, as evidenced by the abundance of whites roots that emerged near the trunk (last photo).
 

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Before it went back in the ground, I marked another section with a loop of wire that I'll undercut this summer. This should reduce the big heavy roots and keep plenty of feeder roots close to the trunk.
 

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That tree is coming along beautifully. I wish I could fast forward about 4-5 years to see how the ones I have in the ground turn out.
 

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Did you cut it again? It looks quite a bit shorter....
 

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This tree is coming along really beautifully. Congratulations on writing and updating one of the most informative sources of Bonsai development from cuttings I have ever read. Greetings from Greece!
 

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Have you worked much with this tree this season? I always look forward to updates on it.
 

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Because of the aggressive root pruning this spring, the top growth was considerably slower this year. Not concerning, but definitely noticeable. I suspect next year will be another strong year for top growth, and I'll have a pruning decision to make on the next section of trunk based on this front.

This summer, I carved the back of the second trunk section, and pruned the runner back around July to add options for the third section.
 

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Just found this thread and enjoyed the read. I've actually been doing this for a American elm and southern wax myrtle. I should start a thread too, as you inspired me to take more pictures.
 

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Hi Brian, I read post 64, but I may not be understanding what you said there about the wire. Are you allowing the maple's roots to grow and become constricted by the wire loop causing it to grow roots like a ground layer? That seems like a good idea to improve the nebari rather than just doing a severe root chop.
 

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From beginning to end, a really great and informative thread, Brian. This tree will be special with the trunk and nebari you've made.
 

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Hi Brian, I read post 64, but I may not be understanding what you said there about the wire. Are you allowing the maple's roots to grow and become constricted by the wire loop causing it to grow roots like a ground layer? That seems like a good idea to improve the nebari rather than just doing a severe root chop.
The wire was placed to mark the spot to cut in the summertime. Since the growth was so slow this year, I didn't excavate and cut, but will next summer. By then, maybe it will have bitten in and caused some layering.
 
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winner

your maple is gonna be a winner someday. wish I could grow them here

best wishes, happy holidays,

sam
 
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Thank you for sharing Brian!

I read the thread from the beginning and I was wondering If i chop of that diameter could of been done on a Japanese Maple?
 

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Update...
Dug, root pruned, approach graft with roots in the base (3rd image), and planted in an Anderson flat for the year.
 

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