Cleaning up a wound

Interesting article. Thanx for this.

Nebari Bonsai

This tree is an air-layer of my Chishio Japanese Maple.

The base has been carefully worked, it’s been in and out of the ground, had new branches grafted into the right places, and now it’s time to address the big ugly pruning scar. It looks far worse from this side than the front, but since it’s going back into the ground for a couple more years to fatten up, I thought I would take advantage of the accelerated growth rate the ground offers and close this wound. In March, I scalloped the deadwood to make room for the callus, exposed the cambium, packed the area with a little sphagnum moss, and wrapped the wound with raffia. Constant humidity around the callus can hasten its growth:




By early October, 7 months later, here is the reveal:




No doubt it will finish closing in the next growing season, and we can get…

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Goyomatsu styling

Enjoy these pine bonsai.

John Milton Bonsai

Working here in Japan we do a lot of work on different species and you quickly get to know the characteristics of them. Although the work is pretty much the same process of cleaning up, wiring & styling they are all slightly different. All species have their plus point’s and negative points but, certainly my out right favourite has come to be goyomatsu/japanese white pine. I find them a pleasure to work with and very much enjoy styling them.
The minus points of this species is it has a tendency to be weaker and you can’t push them as hard as a black pine for instance. Also to make a white pine look nice after a styling really requires a dense tree. Especially if it is good needle quality and small needles. Otherwise they look very sparse and it can be difficult to define the pads.

Here is an example…

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A special Taikan-ten exhibition

John Milton Bonsai

The past Taikan-ten exhibition I was very fortunate to prep a display and tree’s for my good friends Mark and Ritta Cooper. The tree in question was a Momiji/Japanese mountain maple that has been at Aichi-en for the past 6-7 years and has previously been in Kokufu-ten exhibition.
It was always a tree that I admired here with an awesome trunk and superb leaf quality. The leaf quality is so good and the internode distance is so short it isn’t pinched in the spring. Certainly a rare find on any tree but, to find such a thick well tapered trunk certainly makes this a very special tree.
To cap it off, Mark and Ritta won a prize for the display and I couldn’t have been more pleased.
I’m very glad that it has found such good owners and I’m honoured that I had the chance to work on it before…

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