Bonsai Development Thursday – Margaret’s Elm

Good Thursday to you & yours! Welcome to a different installment of #ProgessionThursday, the place I share a development of one of many timber in my backyard. Be sure you take a look at all my earlier progressions right here.

Once I lived in St. Louis, I had the sweetest next-door neighbor. Her title was Margaret. Nearly all of my bonsai backyard was on the southside of my home and her residence stood shut by. Margaret was a widow who fed the birds and took nice care of her residence & backyard. At all times a smile on her face, she was the kind of neighbor that might do something for you. The kind of neighbor I aspire to be.

One morning, as I used to be watering my timber, I seen a small plant rising round her home (subsequent to her air conditioner, to be precise). It an elm, so I made a decision to regulate it. I used to be hopeful Margaret would not pull it from the bottom, considering it was a weed. Fortunate for us, she by no means touched it.

Elm seedling

Child elm

Within the spring of 2017, I made a decision to drag it from the bottom and see if I might make one thing out of it. As you possibly can see, I used to be very aggressive with my root pruning, however being a younger elm, it made it by way of. I also needs to add that the timing right here was vital. I checked out that little seedling virtually each day for 10 months. Consider me, I wished to succeed in down and seize it a number of occasions. However I did not. And I feel my persistence was rewarded when the tree used it is saved power to return out tremendous sturdy after the repot.

By 2018, the tree was rising sturdy and I started considering of rising the elm in a brush or globe fashion.

Bonsai Elm Seedling in a small plastic container

Elm Broom Starting to Take Form

Right here is the tree in 2019. Not quite a lot of change, however rising sturdy and I had made some cuts right here and there.

I moved to Nashville in 2020 and I didn’t do a lot with this tree. As a matter of truth, I can’t discover a single picture of the tree, which is saying one thing, since I’m consistently taking photographs. 2020 was a misplaced 12 months in some ways, so we’ll simply quick ahead to the spring of 2021.

I acquired two very good Chuck Iker pots for Christmas. They’re pretty, and likewise fairly shallow. I used to be considering of a tree which may pair nicely with one of many pots, and instantly remembered how aggressive I used to be with Margaret’s elm. So I attempted it out, and boy, was I proud of the end result.

See under for a fast take a look at my repot. Having grown this elm in good substrate from the start, it had nice roots. The lesson right here: There’s a payoff to being aggressive early in a tree’s improvement. Once more, once I did the foundation prune in 2017, the tree was very younger and will reply nicely. Now, 4 years later, I’ve nice roots and a very good begin to the foundation unfold wanted to make use of this shallow pot.

It’s stated {that a} pots’ depth ought to match the thickness of the trunk. I feel this shallow pot pairs properly with the youthful (and skinnier) elm.

My ideas will now flip to refinement. Subsequent 12 months I’ll more than likely defoliate. I’d this 12 months, however since I simply repotted, I do not need to stress the tree an excessive amount of. (Though being a younger elm, it most likely can be okay).

I haven’t seen Ms. Margaret in over a 12 months. I’m positive the birds are nicely fed and her backyard seems to be stunning. And whereas I miss her smile and kindness, I do know I’ve this tree to recollect her at all times.

So, what do you assume? Do you just like the pot pairing? Would you defoliate this 12 months if it was your tree? Have you ever discovered seedlings round your property which have change into timber? Be sure you let me know within the feedback under subscribe to the weblog for future updates to Margaret’s Elm!

Till subsequent time, Peace Love Bonsai!

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