An alternative approach to repotting trees in development – Bonsai Tonight

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The cycle continues: Shimpaku with Bjorn part 2

Nebari Bonsai

Finished trees are worked in 5-7 year cycles, spending 3-5 years preparing trees to get them to the pinnacle of show condition, showing them for a year or two, and them starting the cycle over again. The cycle started in 2013 for this Shimpaku when I acquired it as shown:

Since it had once been prepared for show by the previous owner, and it was an older but healthy Bonsai, the preparation cycle was a bit shorter. It was repotted into good soil, the deadwood was cleaned, and it was allowed to grow in 2014:

Then, in May, 2015, Bjorn and I detail-wired the tree in preparation for the USNBE in 2016:

It was allowed to grow out in 2016, so it could be cleaned up again before the show, but shown in a fuller state.

Fall 2016 before:

And after; ready for the 5th USNBE:

At the USNBE in…

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