Shohin redwood creation – Bonsai Tonight

I observe an analogous strategy after I purchase coast redwood pre-bonsai. First I repot, then I let the tree develop for a yr, then I can get to work.

On this case I let Adam Toth get to work. Adam helps me sustain with the work within the backyard and he just lately helped out with a future shohin redwood.

Coast redwood

Coast redwood from Mendocino Coast Bonsai

In case you look carefully on the trunk, you’ll be able to see that many of the foliage both comes from excessive on the primary trunk or from suckers beneath the floor of the soil.

Trunk detail

Trunk element

Because the purpose is to make a shohin bonsai, many of the development close to the longer term apex got here off and the suckers have been eliminated. This left a single low department to wire.

After pruning and wiring

After pruning and wiring

In an effort to gradual the tree down, Adam needed to repot the tree right into a smaller container. As there was a variety of wooden beneath the floor, we used a reciprocating noticed to cut back the foundation base.

After reducing the bottom of the trunk

After lowering the underside of the trunk


Parts of the trunk that have been eliminated

Root work complete

Root work full

Doing this work will permit the tree to suit right into a a lot shallower container, however Adam planted it in a coaching pot to make it simpler to maintain the tree wholesome (and well-watered) whereas the primary branches fill in.

After repotting - 6.5"

After repotting – 6.5″

Though the tree appears to be like sparse, I really feel like I’ve a brand new bonsai within the backyard. Earlier than this work, the tree was in a big pot and I didn’t know precisely what may very well be manufactured from it. Now it’s simple to visualise the (approximate) closing type and it’ll be simple to suit the tree right into a shallow pot – success on two counts!

I’ll let the primary branches run a bit earlier than wiring them, however I don’t anticipate it’ll be lengthy earlier than they attain the specified thickness. At that time the main target can transfer to pinching and constructing department growth, a course of that will take one or two years to determine the essential silhouette.

Solely two weeks left – put together your submissions now for the 2nd Pacific Bonsai Expo!

We’re accepting submissions by means of the tip of the month for the second Pacific Bonsai Expo so for those who’re considering of submitting, now’s the time.

Why take part in a regional occasion just like the Expo?

  • It’s an effective way to discover ways to put together bushes for exhibit
  • It’s an effective way to find out about show
  • It’s a terrific alternative to fulfill and be taught out of your friends

Greater than anything, taking part as an exhibitor in a regional occasion just like the Expo is without doubt one of the finest methods to assist your bonsai group. Our jury members, Bjorn Bjorholm, David De Groot, Michael Hagedorn, Todd Schlafer, and Eric Schrader are wanting ahead to choosing the very best bushes for the exhibit. You’ll be able to assist them do that by sending photographs of your work.

Be taught extra about creating your submissions on the Pacific Bonsai Expo web site.

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