Sacrifice Branches

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I currently have a few trees that do not look very refined. As a matter of fact, they look like shrubs and in some cases like Bonsai trees with one or two branches that were missed at the previous pruning. This is all done deliberately for very specific reasons. The sacrifice branch is a necessity in Bonsai growing.Sacrifice branches 008

Why do we need to do this? The main reason is to enhance growth in a specific area. The theory is that the branch that is allowed to just grow and increase in length will have more sap flowing through it, therefore more nutrients and in turn you get a much faster growth rate compared to regularly pruned branches. One specific case would be to thicken the main trunk. This could be either during the early years after a seed has germinated or a cutting has struck. The more side branches you…

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TWTWTW Part Three: And the winner is ….

British Shohin Bonsai

As photography was allowed at the show,  pictures of the winning exhibits are already out there on this interweb thingie.   So for this article we thought we would take the time to explain our system of judging as well as posting the official show winners images.

I think we’d all agree that judging at a bonsai show is always a fraught experience.  In the past, judging was often left to one or two people and of course the issue of subjectivity raised its head on many occasions.

For the Spirit of Shohin event, in the pursuit of a much fairer and more transparent method of judging, a panel approach was adopted to the judging process. Under this system, individual judges nominated their top three tree/display in each of the categories.  They did not even have to rank these – i.e. there was no first, second and third “placing” of…

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Bunjin #2: Lodgepole Pine

michael hagedorn

Second up in our tale of two bunjin is this Lodgepole Pine, Pinus contorta subsp. murrayana, which I collected in the fall of 2013.

It’s almost assumed that wire is used when styling a pine. But here’s one that didn’t need any. It was styled by simply removing what wasn’t already interesting…

DSC_0369 This photo is from the fall of 2014. The box is tipped at this inclination so the shoots would grow without needing wire. This tree is a lot older than it looks. Notice the curious branch movements, all of which simply grew that way over many years. This is our intended front. The next three photos show the different sides of this tree as it is rotated.

DSC_0370 2nd side…

DSC_0371 3rd side…(or back)…

DSC_0372 4th side.

DSC_0374 Pruning back a large branch, which is nearly as thick as the trunk. If left it would ruin the scale and delicacy of the tree…

DSC_0376 …it’s mostly removed now, but…

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