Thought I would have a tentative look for any new surface roots on this very large Japanese Maple. I decided to layer it last year as the existing root base consisted of three extremely thick roots that were unsuitable for bonsai. I was glad to see signs of new growth but far too early to dig up and investigate properly. I’ll leave it as it is for at least another year.
Top growth last year was very short compared to the long internodes usually associated with this type of material. All of last years shoots were no more than one or two cm long, presumably because of the work done to layer the roots.
I haven’t done any kind of work with this tree since I dug it up out of the garden four years ago. No further pruning, wiring, pinching etc… Just happy to let it grow out and…
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I have been a little slow in starting the midwinter maintenance of my trees due to a cold and wet December. This is a view of my garden on Friday after a day of snow on Thursday.
Snow isn’t that common in the lowlands of Scotland, so when it comes you have to make the most of it. I took all of my shohin hawthorns out of the cold greenhouse and placed them outside on the bench to fully expose them to the freezing conditions. Why did I do this you might ask ? I normally overwinter them inside so that I can control the moisture levels in the pots but so far they have never flowered and the trees are at least 20 years old. I have read and observed on the hillsides near my home that hawthorns flower better following a harsh winter, so this year I am trying to expose them …
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