• Wednesday, April 08th, 2009
Many of the trees that I have been working on over the winter are now putting out new growth and I wanted to give you an update on the way they look now.
Of all my trees the one I am enjoying most is this crepe mrytle. The crown of the tree from the new top I developed is looking great. I just need a mid branch on the left side and this tree is ready to go. However the pads looking a bit flat so this year I plan to work on the taper and overall thickness of the branches themselves. This tree won’t be this bare when it is completed, Right now I am just building the skeleton structure, but it will be this year that this tree becomes a finished bonsai.
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• Saturday, January 03rd, 2009
Nope, it’s not a baby, just a Bald Cypress that I have added to my collection. Actually I purchased this collected tree last year from Mary Madison. However it was in too large of a container and it needed another year to recover and develop roots. Even though Bald Cypress do well as Bonsai, this is one type of tree that requires patience. You can’t rush them or you will certainly lose them.
Bald Cypress rootball
Here is the Cypress as I removed it from the nursery container. The ball is huge and needed to be reduced quite a bit.
- Trunk details
However here is the reason I bought the tree. Look at the interest and age of that tree. Amazing!
Bald Cypress Roots
Not as developed as I would like. However growing in the muck that it has been for the past two years it’s no wonder. A year or two in my bonsai soil mix and we’ll have plenty of roots to deal with.
Big trees need big pots
Well the root system couldn’t be reduced as much as I liked, so I had to borrow a pot for the time being. This one is a bit big, but after a year or two I should be able to get a pot that works with the tree and is smaller in size.
Initial planting - Bald Cypress
Certainly not the right pot for this tree, but it will do for the next couple of years while the roots grow stronger. This year I need to work to develop the main trunk lead to create taper for the trunk. Also I want to begin developing low main branching. By next year I hope to have the basic structure defined. Wish me luck.
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