Trident Maple noob question...

alonsou

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I'm sorry if this has been asked before but how do you go about growing Trident Maples with such buttressed bases? Is there any special technique that I should know/learn, and can you point me into that direction if possible, books,links,websites..?



 

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I believe those buttressed bases are achieved by repeated re-pots where the emphasis is placed on letting the lateral roots first ramify, then grow unhindered until they fuse together. The tree are usually grown out in shallow wooden boxes to facilitate the root's development. The whole process takes maybe 10-15 years (educated guessing here) in optimal growing conditions to achieve results like those shown in those pictures. I don't have a website to recommend, though there is an article in an old Bonsai Today mag that illustrated much of what I mentioned above, I'll see if I can find it.

Dave

PS Aren't those pics of one of Suthin Sulkovisit's trees? I bet he knows the secret
 

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Lots and lots of trunk chops, and lots and lots of TIME.
 

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PS Aren't those pics of one of Suthin Sulkovisit's trees? I bet he knows the secret

Yes, that's one of Suthin's trees, I'll see if I can get a hold of him.
 

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Thanks Ryan, in fact that's the same thread that inspired me to ask this question here, still looking for more information about it, I read that also grafting several cuttings to the base will give you similar results, is that true?
 

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Thanks Ryan, in fact that's the same thread that inspired me to ask this question here, still looking for more information about it, I read that also grafting several cuttings to the base will give you similar results, is that true?


I too have read this, but I have never tried it. I do know that fusing them can be done easily, but it takes time.
 

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Page 36 of Bonsai with Japanese Maples showes how to develope a trunk like that. There is also a way of fusing seedlings using a wire hoop.
 

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Page 36 of Bonsai with Japanese Maples showes how to develope a trunk like that. There is also a way of fusing seedlings using a wire hoop.

Yes that method is used here.
 

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