Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Fusing multiple cuttings for nebari

Over the last several years we have been starting some Trident maple projects by growing multiple cuttings through holes in a tile. Rooted cuttings are inserted from below. The group is planted for vigorous growing. If you try this, be sure there is plenty of soil above the tile for the new roots. This first pictures shows cuttings that have been grown for a year. There are strong roots below the tile, and new roots established on top of the tile.

The roots below the tile are cut off, leaving the roots above the tile.
New roots will issue below the tile.

Trees are planted and grown vigorously for a year or 2. We are finding the best container for this work is the Anderson tray.

Here are several pictures showing the results after a few years of growth.

This technique can be used to create a great base for shohin stylings, or as the first step for growing larger trees.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

First harvest of Scots pines

It has been a fantastic year of growth for all of the trees, but especially the pines. We've had these Scots pines in the ground for a few years, and have been eager to see what developed. We decided to lift several trees, and they have been potted in bonsai pots. They will be offered for sale in the spring.

We're pretty happy with the results. Several trees were lifted and potted. They will be offered for sale in the spring.