First Transplant of the Year!

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First Transplant of the Year!

Post  kirk@localbonsai.com on Thu Apr 03, 2014 5:48 am

Hi all,

Yesterday, I found a very interesting tree in the garden which I believe to be an Acer! Today I decided to go ahead and transplant.

Tomorrow the tree goes into a training pot, where it will likely stay for 1-2 years. After that, how would you guys suggest I style ???

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More details here:
http://localbonsai.com/first-transpl...ar-april-2014/

From zone 5b, thanks and goodnight

-Kirk

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Re: First Transplant of the Year!

Post  kirk@localbonsai.com on Fri Apr 04, 2014 6:19 am

i potted it up today and hacked the trunk (see link to picture) , any suggestions for the future? I'm wondering if this could be a root over rock....

http://localbonsai.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/ResizedImage_1396543572884.jpg

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Re: First Transplant of the Year!

Post  M. Frary on Fri Apr 11, 2014 11:14 am

What kind of Maple? Not all are suitable for bonsai. Leaf reduction to a suitable size is almost impossible on some.

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Re: First Transplant of the Year!

Post  Neli on Sat Apr 12, 2014 7:33 am

I think it will be better if you post your pictures here.
Later after the tree has recovered and growing strong...perhaps next year...depending...You will need to airlayer it where those roots are starting from. Start always with the nebari, and later post again after that is done for people to see how and where branches will develop. But if it is a good type of maple, you can graft branches.

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Re: First Transplant of the Year!

Post  kirk@localbonsai.com on Sun Apr 13, 2014 4:33 am

I'm not even 100% sure this is a maple - but judging from the decomposed leaves at its base, it very well could be. If it turns out that this thing will only produce mega-sized leaves, what would you guys recommend I do ? Graft branches of a trident or japanese maple onto the nebari?

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Re: First Transplant of the Year!

Post  Neli on Sun Apr 13, 2014 5:56 am

I am not sure if it can be grafted...with other variety....you need to see first what it is. Maybe just grow a bigger tree?

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Re: First Transplant of the Year!

Post  JimLewis on Sun Apr 13, 2014 1:59 pm

If its leaves are too large, the first thing to decide is if it is worth the effort to graft. From what you've shown here, it would NOT be for me.

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Re: First Transplant of the Year!

Post  kirk@localbonsai.com on Tue May 27, 2014 2:24 am

My attempt to salvage this now-ugly tree!

http://localbonsai.com/nebari-reconstruction-from-claw-to-exposed-root/

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Re: First Transplant of the Year!

Post  bonsaipictures on Sun Jun 01, 2014 3:03 am

An informal style is suitable for your tree

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Re: First Transplant of the Year!

Post  Auballagh on Sun Jun 01, 2014 4:40 am

Depending on what species of tree you actually wind up with.....
I like that tree.  If you wind up with an Acer rubrum, (Red Maple) that would be quite fortunate.  Those are tough trees to work with, and can handle a lot of abuse.
I personally would embrace the root base of this tree, ('The Claw'?) and emphasize that gnarly part of it as a feature of interest.  Root over rock is something you could try, if you can find the right rock to wedge up in that root base.  Exposing even MORE of the root base on this tree is yet another direction you could go with in an exposed root style, as well.
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However, if the tree winds up being something like a Sweet Gum or some other unsuitable species for Bonsai, all these recommendations and talk may be a waste of time.   Rolling Eyes

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