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.
Dear Mr Pall,I watch your work every day, its very inspirating. Thank you for this blog. I would like to ask about this last picture of maple. How did you create this tree? Are those 7 sprouts from a stump or are those 7 diferent single trees put together? Regards, Martin Krivošík
Martin,this is a clump. It is one single tree with many trunks. This is done with a flat cut very close to the ground. Then many new shoots come up and one can form the group with them. The general problem is that the shoots will have the same diameter because they are the same age. This is why I let the one in the middle grow freely to thicken it comparatively to the oher trunks.walter
Thank you for answer Mr Pall.When did you star making this tree, or when did you do THE CUT? Did you have image of this tree in your mind or on the paper before you made this cut or you just wanted to make a clump, so you did the same on several trees and than later on choose the one you liked the most?
Martin,actually I got this one in a trade last year in a rather neglected state.Now I try to bring it to glory.This sort of clump is mass-produced in Japan. They have thousands of Japanese maples, just single trunks. For many years only the nebari and the lower part of the trunk are developed. Then they take the ones which have a nice trunk and make a single-trunk tree form it. The discarded ones get a flat cut to the ground. The new shoots then are trained in a multi-trunk form. Yes, it would be nice to be able to pick the bet ones then. But i have to take what I get. Which is not too bad.Walter
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