Repotting is different than typical bonsai styling because the amount of time one gets to see and work on roots is so short and infrequent; quite unlike the rest of the tree that we contemplate each day.
However, root work will make or break a bonsai. For that reason, and the fact that I have a horrible memory, I make it a point to photograph my bonsai as I work on the roots. This allows me to make a plan, and (more importantly) helps me remember that plan during the next repotting session!
Here is a quick look at developing a Japanese Maple’s nebari, over the last 3 repottings.
First, 2008 (third repotting)
Looking back at this, 4 years later, I would have cut each of the heavy roots back at least as far as I cut the left two roots shown above. They are thickening well, but it would…
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