Rafting Premna

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Rafting Premna

Post  Robert Steven on Tue Jun 07, 2011 11:51 am

I got this pre bonsai rafting premna from a local nursery 3 year ago. I was told that it had being trained for 2 years...
I hated the way he trained the foliation, a common mistake in many tripical countries, many people train their deciduous tree in connifers way; either the ramification structure or the crown with single apex line. Only connifers have "apical dominant" structure, not deciduous trees...

I am one of the wire suppliers, but I always advise people not to use too much wire on their deciduous trees during the training if not neccessary. Wire is usually only used for initial directing purpose, but the correct way to train the ramification in deciduous trees is by clip-and-grow...no other way !





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Post  Robert Steven on Tue Jun 07, 2011 11:55 am

So I took off all the branches and started from the beginning...
I also changed the front because I found a better viewing angle. Rafting style bonsai is just like connecting-roots or grouping bonsai..they are all about composition, dimension and perspective.



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Post  Robert Steven on Tue Jun 07, 2011 11:59 am

This is how it looks like now. It will take another 2 years to complete the ideal ramification and get all the leaves' size reduced....
The length of the pot is 80 cm.


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Post  priya uthama on Tue Jun 07, 2011 12:09 pm

I will be faithful, waiting for your development Mr Robert Smile


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Post  carlos on Tue Jun 07, 2011 2:39 pm

Bigger pot, faster development

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Post  Robert Steven on Tue Jun 07, 2011 3:10 pm

Don't worry with Premna on this size..they are fast enough since we need to repot and do root-prunning every 6 months.

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Post  AK_Panama on Tue Jun 07, 2011 7:18 pm

What a beaut!!

Is rafting not the same as a raft style bonsai? Where can I learn more about this style?

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Post  Robert Steven on Thu Jun 09, 2011 2:40 pm

They are the same. Despite of the technique of making the raft, the main skill is to form the trees placement to create composition, dimension and perspective. Basically, the concept is similar to make grouping style bonsai. There are many ways to create raft style bonsai, but this one was from nature.

Here are my other raft style bonsai collection...


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Post  Robert Steven on Thu Jun 09, 2011 2:41 pm

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Post  AK_Panama on Fri Jun 10, 2011 6:46 pm

Thanks for sharing Robert!

These compositions are outstanding!

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Post  pongsatorn.k on Sat Jun 11, 2011 4:56 am

Thank you Robert Very Happy ,
almost no wire?.

regards,
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