My new yamadori, all potted up and ready to rock

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My new yamadori, all potted up and ready to rock

Post  Harleyrider on Sun Nov 14, 2010 5:42 pm

I've just spent a very pleasant afternoon prepping and potting up the three trees I collected yesterday with Tony. I thought you might like to see them now they're all shiny. Many thanks to my collecting buddy, without his invaluable help at least one of these trees would still be sat at the roadside waiting for a lift.

First up is the smallest of the trio, a shohin Cretaegus that just kind of came off in my hand as I tried to stop myself scree-surfing to almost certain doom!
Excuse some 'cut off' in some of the pics. I'm still trying to work out Photobucket's editing facilities.

Height 7", trunk dia at base 1"





I know the bark isn't up to much, and there's more than a hint of inverse taper, but I'm prepared to overlook this and give the tree a chance. It did save my life, afterall. Or at least the skin of my backside.


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My new yamadori, all potted up and ready to rock

Post  Guest on Sun Nov 14, 2010 5:55 pm

Great find Steve. Inverse taper is either part of its character, or if you don't like it, some sympathetic carving will cure the problem. The bark will plate up in time too.

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Post  Harleyrider on Sun Nov 14, 2010 6:01 pm

I'm not averse to a little inverse taper actually. Sometimes it doesn't seem to jump out at you, I find. After all, Mother Nature seems to have no issues with it.

As for the bark, I could always wrap it in wet sphagnum moss I suppose.

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Post  Guest on Sun Nov 14, 2010 6:11 pm

I have found that once material has put out some root and gained good health, some unchecked growth and rapid expansion of the trunk will start to give you good bark. You cant beat rapid expansion of the trunk.

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Post  Harleyrider on Sun Nov 14, 2010 9:12 pm

Good point Will. Hopefully (survival permitting) actually having some soil to grow into will kick this tree into going crazy in the growth dept. A bit of extra girth may even sort out the inverse taper as well.

You can't beat a bit of extra girth. Especially when in conjunction with rapid expansion.

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Post  Russell Coker on Mon Nov 15, 2010 2:49 am

Harleyrider wrote:You can't beat a bit of extra girth. Especially when in conjunction with rapid expansion.

What forum is this again??? Oh yes, bonsai. What was my question? I remember - are these hawthorns grazed on by goats or something? Looks like they have a hard life.

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Post  杰遨-jie on Mon Nov 15, 2010 3:32 am

wow nice little hawthorn~ they look very old~ congrats Very Happy

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Post  Harleyrider on Mon Nov 15, 2010 3:48 pm

@ Russell. You're not a million miles off, my friend. The 2 smaller ones were collected from high on limestone scree slopes where they endure harsh conditions, little soil and the constant attentions of generations of sheep, who as we all know are the finest bonsai artists in the world.

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