Shohin redwood replace – Bonsai Tonight

Three years in the past I began engaged on a small coast redwood (see “Creating redwood bonsai: step 1” for particulars). Since then I’ve grown out some sacrifice branches and eliminated them once they reached the specified thickness. From right here on out the aim is to create a silhouette that enhances the trunk.

The primary approach to do that on redwoods is to pinch the place you need a department to bud again. When you pinch when the foliage is mushy, you’ll be able to count on buds to look the place you pinch. Right here’s the tree earlier than and after pinching.

Before pinching

Earlier than pinching new progress

After trimming

After pinching

Some folks cease at this level pleased to have a lovely silhouette. I’m curious to search out out if there’s a option to reveal extra of the tree’s department construction. Engaging branches are a key function on mature redwoods and I wish to present not less than a point of this even in small redwood bonsai.

After pinching the brand new progress, I thinned lots of the shoots that didn’t contribute to a lovely department construction. I’ll must repeat the method for one more yr or two earlier than the tree has the silhouette I bear in mind for it, however now you can see a number of the main branches extra clearly.

Coast redwood

Coast redwood – 5.5″


Again facet (or attainable future entrance?)

I’ll repeat this course of just a few extra instances this yr relying on how rapidly the tree grows, give the tree break over winter, and get again to the pinching and thinning once more subsequent yr.

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