Today our crew prepared the raw material for flowering bonsai “Weigelia nana”. These are plants from about 12 years old and during cultivation time we changed every 3 years from field to pot and back to field…Now we have a very good compact root system to put it directly in a small pot. This prématerial is now for sale in plastic container and can be used in workshops. They all have very thick trunks.
An example of the same material created in the past here on a workshop with one of my students. The tree is pruned out, some wiring is done, a complete root pruning and potted up in an oversized bonsai pot. For soil we used 100% Akadama.
After growing 1 year in the oversized pot we have chosen a finished hand made pot that fits very well with the colour and structure of the bark. The tree starts every year flowering from april to mai. This is a very easy way to create a not so common variety in bonsai. Best time to do this is now in wintertime.
This is a picture of one of the earlier stylings in our workshops. This yamadori was more than 4 years in pot before the 1st styling. We decided to make the tree very compact which we did with a heavy bending without breaking the old trunk.
This is the result after styling & repotting. With the correct technique it is possible to bring this prébonsai in 3 years time to exhibition level.
This Larix is cultivated in our nursery from a garden plant. The tree in total is about 35 years old and the 1st styling was in 2003. Now it is a mature tree with good ramifications. We have more or less 300 Larix from raw material, prébonsai & more mature trees available.
It is the best time of the year to do grafting with the tree’s own branches. This is for me the most succesful way to add some new branches on trees. There is no risk and the only thing that we need to do is making a scedule one year in advance.
It can only be done with trees that grow for a whole year without pruning. All the new growth and all the new branches, wherever growing, can be usefull. The technique is easy, we drill a hole through the trunc about the size of the young branch, we try to make contact with part of the branch that is already hard enough. We fix it with ent tape and let it grow another year.
This is an example of a branch grafted 2 years ago. This is the best way to be sure that it doesn’t die off, because after 2 years the branch has become thicker and takes everything it needs from the trunc. The best way to see when it is ready to remove is when the outside part is thicker than the inside, so left is now thinner than right and the left can be removed. Result is that there is a branch coming out of the trunc in a natural way. With this technique we can add branches, apex etc….on any place of the tree.
Plants cultivated for sho hin at our nursery.