2017 – Spring | Toronto Bonsai Society

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JBP Candle-cutting

Nebari Bonsai

I like to update this one every summer and every winter (if I can get to it). Remember, candle-cutting JBP with 100 days left in the growing season produces a second flush of growth, with more buds (ramification), and shorter needles, due to the shortened growing season.

July 10, before


Starting at the top, remove this season’s candles:


Middle section complete; leaving longer stubs on the stronger shoots. Look at these like fuses on a firecracker, the longer the fuse, the takes to go!


All of this year’s candles removed:


Pruned heavy areas, and thinned the needles down to 10 or so pairs of needles per shoot.


Want to see how this tree got from a nursery can to antique Chinese container in 10 years, in a flip-book format, with step-by step, cause-effect photos? Check out the book:Developing Japanese Black Pine Bonsai…by yours truly.

2007:


2017:

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2015 Air Layers update

Scratch Bonsai

Well, mixed results for my first time air layering although I’m reasonably happy given that I tried this technique late in the season.

First up, a success of sorts.  I airlayered the top of this European Hornbeam back in the summer and discovered one prominent root, hopefully there are other new roots growing unseen in the moss.

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To protect any new root growth I cut a plastic pot and wrapped it around the trunk, filling it with free draining soil.  The pot is resting on a couple of well positioned branches so it is well supported.  I’ll wrap it in bubble wrap to protect from frost.

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Next up, a Trident Maple air layer that didn’t take at all:

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It was interesting to see the knuckle of callous that had developed at the planned based of the layer.  I had left a good five centimetres to try to prevent any ‘bridging’ of the…

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