During my weekly meeting with Gerry, we took a close look at a shohin Chinese elm that he had attached to a rock last year. He simply, bare rooted the tree with a water jet, wrapped it’s roots around the rock and tied them in tightly with some wire. He then placed the tree in a five inch plastic pot and filled it up with akadama.
We started by cutting the pot back to look for fine root development
When we could see that there were lots of fibrous roots, we removed the tree from the pot for a closer look.
The rock, which has a depth of about four inches (10cm) has fine roots growing around and below it. The depth of the roots, below the rock is about half an inch (1 to 2cm).
We decided that for the next stage in the tree’s development, it would be advantageous…
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