Sunday, February 13, 2011

fat little trident maple

Trident maple, Acer burgerianum, 16 cm high, shohin. This fat little chap is for sale or trade.




4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thats interesting. Did you let it grow for a few years and cut it or is that just from years of trimming. I have 5 bonsai. 3 of them I started from seed last year, got one for my wedding present, and one (bougainvillea) this christmas.

Walter Pall said...

Sure, that's the professional way of creating bonsai. Let them shoot for a couple of years and then trim them back ruthlessly. Then let them shoot again freely and cut back ruchtlessly. This is how it's done.
WP

Anonymous said...

Walter, could you share your method to heal chop scars like the one on this tree? I have some chopped trident's and i've noticed scar healing rapidly slows when the new leader is chopped. If i were to let the leader above keep growing to heal the chop I would lose the taper I want. I've tried cutting the edges of the scar but healing is very slow with that method. Thankyou, Jake.

Walter Pall said...

Jake,

the healing has to be spread over many years. It is a common mistake to want to heal quikly. Something suffers as you mention. Another way is to forget the healing and have big scars on purpose. This is frowned upon in Japan. But most folks like it, in Europe at least.