Matt Reel and his completed demonstration Douglas Fir bonsai.
I bought this early last year from an auction at the local club. It’s the biggest bonsai I have and it was grown from scratch by someone else over a long period! I can only hope my efforts at field growing turn out as well in 20+ years. Anyway, it spent last year recovering from being lifted from the ground and this year flushed out pretty strongly. I read up a bit on defoliating beech and am informed that they don’t like entire removal of foliage but only partial and a leaf must be left on the end of each branch as a sap drawer. There’s a lot of ramification to develop and I wanted the inner branches to receive more light so I was selective.
I think that the tree would benefit from a tilt at repotting time so that the trunk is more vertical. We’ll see. I’ll branch…
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In the early summer, as the first flush is hardening off, it is good to remove one of each pair of leaves, to let more light into the tree. This promotes back-budding, and keeps interior shoots from dying off.
The trunk is beefing up, even after 12 years in a pot, with annual repotting.