Walter Pall's main blog about bonsai and his work with trees from day to day. Lots of good pictures of good trees and lots of valuable information about bonsai.
So many gems from your garden! This elm has the presence of a much larger bonsai. Thank you for your continued postings.
Walter,I have the common Chinese elm, not the cork barked one. Can you pls advise is there any way to develop a rough stem texture and thickening of stem for the common Chinese elm? Regards,Shaukat
Shakat, I am afraid that this has to be genetic. The tree is born to have a rough bark, or not. I don't think you could ever develop this on the subtropical variety of U. parvifolia.Walter
Shakat,thickening is certainly possible with the smooth bark varieties. But it takes quite long to look credible. One just applies the regular thickening techniques: let grow and cut back, let grow and cut back severly and so on.Walter
Walter,Thanks for your comments. I have applied the regular techniques, which gives good results for other trees, but not Chinese Elm.I get numerous shoots, so much so, that regular pruning needs to be done, but I am not quite contented with the stem-branch appearance and thickness ratio. The branches grow vigorously overtaking the stem...Hence I was wondering if the climate where I live is too hot and whether this species grows well in a sub-tropical climate.Shaukat
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