Looks like a much better choice to me. Well done.My eyes were bigger than I realized! Went with this one instead for about a third of the price. Got some great movement some nice basal root flare under the dirt. Flaky bark!
I actually thought about this. There was an angle that had reverse taper/ no taper that I’d have had to make a gigantic chop on or never look at the tree from any other angle.Despite what some growers seem to thing bigger base is not always better for bonsai.
Aesthetics play a huge part in good bonsai. Trunk taper is very important and many, maybe even most?, huge trident trunks have either no taper, reverse taper or just plain ugly taper.
Nebari is another big factor in good bonsai, especially with maples. While nebari can be modified it will take 5 years or more for the new roots to match a larger trunk. If the trunk just needs a couple of new roots I'd consider it but if the whale nebari needs replacing it may not be worth the time and effort.
This tree looks quite tall for the trunk thickness. 30" is tall for 4" base. Would you pay that money for a .
I was going to leave some more leaves up top to encourage sap flow to heal that chop. Then cut Back a little later. Or will that make little difference?Chop that straight up portion back to a bud about an inch above the larger part. That neck is too long and will only look funny later. You have good moves below, make the top match. Make a direction change after cutting back.
$250 is a steal
ore top growth now will definitely help heal the lower chops. There's always a balance between moving forward quicker, still getting enough growth to heal the cuts quicker and slowing growth enough to develop shorter internodes and better branch density.I was going to leave some more leaves up top to encourage sap flow to heal that chop. Then cut Back a little later. Or will that make little difference?
Thanks man I've always wondered what their stock looked like.Lone Pine Gardens. Great place, they have TONS of material. Everything there is home grown too.
It’s incredible. There are so many choices of almost every type of pre bonsai. They increased their prices a decent amount this year but understandably. Still best prices aroundThanks man I've always wondered what their stock looked like.
I really need to get out there. I only head out that way a few times a year but I should just make a day trip of it with the girlfriend.
Where the chop is made goes a long ways in healing the chop, as well as sealing the chop so it doesn't dry out. Leaves don't heal chops, upward growth near the chop heals chops. Cut to a node and leave nothing and then wait for buds. Choose the best one, moving in a beneficial direction, then let it go for a couple years or when ever it reaches its size for the next chop. keep sealed with cut paste and smooth it yearly and apply more paste along the way. The upward growth of a leader will heal a one inch chop in a year. Easy peasy.I was going to leave some more leaves up top to encourage sap flow to heal that chop. Then cut Back a little later. Or will that make little difference?
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