The Shohin Tree Thread

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Ficus salicaria, 2019 upon acquisition and after yesterday’s repot. I will try to avoid the ginseng-like tuber look as much as I can when it goes into an even shallower pot in the future, and I’m hoping the thin "neck" portion of the trunk will normalize in width over time so that I can get a true pyramidal sumo shape.
 

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The tree fiddy ficus marches on to be abused another day

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I’m just letting this willow leaf grow out after defoliating a section

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My olive is growing. Can you prune these mid summer? I believe only end of spring yes?

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Juniper I made in a class at NEBG

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Black pine getting shaggy, need to check my books to figure out when to pluck old needles - first year with pine

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Ficus - I can never capture this one correctly

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ficus growing back after total defoliation and wiring. I think I might take the roots off and have a Jabba the Hutt getting his lean on style tree

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schefflera

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Some cottoneaster that has black berries. No idea its “good for bonsai”.

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and an azalea starting to show a push of growth

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My newest acquisition is recovering from being shipped

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Trident throwing growth

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dunno what this’ll end up as but here’s my Japanese maple air layer

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might not end up shohin but I like the leaves and I’m on a roll

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And while I’m at it here’s the bottom of that air layer

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Cotoneaster from a cutting 3 years ago . It’s late winter here and spring is in the air . I pruned and potted this tree back into its summer pot today . I don’t have time in the winter months to look after my trees too much because I have a winter business , so in Autumn I pot up this tree into a ‘tube’ and let its growth run in an unheated glasshouse .
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Messing around developing a little Pyracantha cascade from a cutting in a freebie Dorda pot... apparently this one has orange berries. Trying to do a few more smaller trees, comparatively quick and easy little projects.
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Went to Bonsai West for a fantastic group meeting that Zuma was leading. It was great to feel everything I’ve been learning come together and felt confident to start out on this white pine that’s been on my bench since spring.

I’ve been letting myself have a lot of fun (see: chopped boug in a Koyo, why not) with what I’m comfortable doing for the sake of learning - in some instances I’ll be set back a year or more, but I think it’s helpful to get the repetition and thought process dialed in for me this year. I guess I’m seeing this as my transitional year to…. I don’t know. Something else than what I’ve been doing in bonsai.

But trees like this one I’m trying to be good to. I bought it in this pot, next year it’ll go into a grow pot for further development.

before/after

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