Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Trident maple #9

Trident maple, Acer burgerianum, originally form Korea, received in July 2013. Great material, wonderful nebari, elegant moving trunk, much better than what most of these sumo tridents look like, good branching, terrible pot and way too heavy for one person to carry. Today I fixed a few things. The crown was shortened to get rid of this triangular stereotype bonsai look and have a round crown instead of a pointed one on a broadleaved tree. There are still holes in the trunk. I personally have nothing against hollow broadleaved trees. But in this case the holes will close rather soon anyway because of my aggressive feeding and watering scheme.Then the tree was taken out of the container. Everything was full of hard pebbles- this is why it was so heavy. And then the task was to find the right new pot. Fist try with rectangular pot by Derek Aspinall - not bad, but a bit small for the nebari. Then this very nice Chinese oval pot. So now the tree has another eight weeks to grow new roots and establish itself in the new container. It is becoming cooler and more moist every day now. The hot days are over. It will rain more. The tree will be going happy into winter and start right away in spring. I will feed it immediately with everything that's in normal feed. It will be treated like all other trees immediately. For those who have doubts: just wait for eight weeks and then we will see. There is more to bonsai than is in the books.

 

10 comments:

Sammy said...

Dear Walter, may I ask how much of the roots you removed if any? thank you.

Walter Pall said...

Sammy,
I did not remove any roots intentionally. Why should I. I don't want to weaken the tree further. Root pruning is only necessary when there is no more room in the container. Here there is plenty of room.

Anonymous said...

latin name Acer buergerianum
:)

great work Walter, great blog

Walter Pall said...

That depends on what book you are using.

Anonymous said...

nice socks

Marc said...

What was the purpose of the pebbles?

Walter Pall said...

Marc,
the pebbles were instead of normal substrate. In large pots they work well, but they are extremely heavy. And they cost almost nothing.

Wren said...

Is this a fused trunk?

Walter Pall said...

Wren,

does not seem to be.

crataegus said...

great pot indeed, good sizes and character and shape matches the big rootbase very. I am only so curious to see the 'naked' tree, without leaves, especially to have a view of the upper most part of trunk and branches. I have no doubt you're allready very hungry to tame the beast in future