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.
Do you plan to use guy wires to open up the design?
If I would plan to I would have done it right now.
I'm asking because I'd cut off the two lowest branches: the small one on the right and the thicker one on the left growing out from the inside of a trunk curve. Then I'd pull down the remaining branches on both sides with guy wires.
I'll have to agree here Walter, if you look at this one very quickly it looks really good, but when you start looking a bit around, you find that big first left branch. The size is not a problem for me but the angle at which it meets the trunk is strange, 90 degrees inside a curve in the trunk.Everything is not always perfect! :)
Did you tilt the pot to get the trunk movement? The original trunk looks quite straight.
Daniel, i did nothing to the trunk. It is only the position in the pot.
Hi Mr. Pall. How's it? It was a pleasure meeting you Dec. 6 at Natures Way. You are cool. As for the tree, I would not remove 20 or 25% of branches to try to follow some imposed rules. Are we not striving for a miniature tree from nature? I say spot on. Joseph
Josephmthanks for the encouragement. Since early childhood I refuse to follow rules and to ignore most outside advice. Well, I was planning to do something in spring while repotting this tree. It was not repotted in more than 15 years. This tells you what I think about repotting rules. However, I now strongly feel that I want to see it immediately. More tomorrow.
Hi Walter a beautifull tree I love this tree species and I am sure you have probably answered this question a million times but what do you recommend as a the best method to create ramification on Beech? and I have been offered a small garden beech/bush when would you recommend as the optimum time to lift it? I am asking you as I am so impressed with your results and get so much conflicting advice elsewhere. Thanks a very enthusiastic Beginner Phil
Phil,modern substrate with 20 % peat or coconut fibers or small bark particles, lots of abundant watering, lots of feeding, also organic, often, full sunshine in spring and late summer, half shade in summer. Let grow in spring freely and cut back hard in July. Lifting in my climate middle of April.
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