Fall cutback on ume – Bonsai Tonight


The fundamentals of fall work on ume are easy: take away the outdated leaves and prune to silhouette and/or the specified internode size.

Before removing the leaves

Earlier than eradicating the leaves – no indicators of fall colour

Fall has been gentle this 12 months so the leaves remained wholesome into December. By eradicating the leaves, I may higher see what branches had grown since I final pruned the tree in spring.

After removing the leaves

After eradicating the leaves

Though it’s arduous to see from the photographs, I made lots of cuts to take away useless branches and stubs. I additionally shortened the comparatively small variety of branches that prolonged past the specified silhouette.

After cutback

After cutback – 16″

After I completed the pruning, I utilized minimize paste to the injuries and returned the tree to the bench.

For a reminder of the progress the tree has made through the years, I dug up a photograph from once I first planted it at this angle in 2015.

Establishing the current planting angle in 2015

Establishing the present planting angle in 2015

This, after all, jogged my memory of how the tree used to look. Right here’s a shot from 2003 when the tree was grafted with branches that produced white flowers.

2003 when all three trunks were still alive

2003 when all three trunks had been nonetheless alive

Going additional again, right here’s a photograph of the tree after I wired it for the primary time.

1994(ish) - initial styling

1994(ish) – preliminary styling

I used to be a few 12 months or two into bonsai once I acquired the tree as a part of a workshop with Kathy Shaner. The tree was area grown by George Muranaka and sourced for the category by Max Cooperstein.

A few 12 months later, I eliminated the entire branches and grafted new foliage as I want white single flowers to double pinks. I saved the tree that manner for a number of years till two of the three trunks died. That’s once I turned the tree on its facet, chosen a semi-cascade type for it, and commenced coaching the remaining branches.

Over the following few years I’ll goal to enhance the department density on the decrease branches in hopes of displaying it, when it’s prepared, in a winter exhibit.

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