Air Layering an Acer Shirasawanum

Robert Nocher Shohin Bonsai

This acer, which had been growing in a large pot in my garden for many years was transferred to a bonsai pot 2 years ago. It doesn’t have a very attractive root base, so today I decided to air layer it with a view to improving it .


Here is a photograph of my garden from 2005, which shows this tree sitting in the foreground.


This next picture was taken half way through the process and highlights the unattractive root base quite well.


The cut is surrounded with fresh sphagnum moss and covered with bubble wrap. I will monitor the progress closely for the remainder of the season and cut it off early next year if all goes to plan.


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