Fusing trident maple trunks

New post by my favorite bonsai blogger.

Adam's Art and Bonsai Blog

Here it is, the post you’ve been waiting your whole life for, how to make little trees into big trees!

Or something like that.

Let me introduce the players:

The trees areacer buergerianum (trident maple). There are two different growing methods that have been employed here: one was to let them grow slow, so the nodes (the places where leaves and branches emerge from) were close together. The other method, which I’ve shown several times now, is the cd root improvement technique.

What I’m about to do now is something I read in an old bonsai magazine years ago (I can’t find the article, all those mags are print only, I can’t imagine all the knowledge that is stuffed in a box in some closet in Peoria…. which is a shame. Not only is all that info hidden away, it makes people think that the the latest hotshot…

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How to lose a trident in ten days

My favorite bonsai species.

Adam's Art and Bonsai Blog

Last year, about this time I guess, I chronicled a nebari improvement technique that my friend, Ed, was trying with some trident maples.

It involved taking seedlings and passing them through a CD and allowing them to grow. The full technique is explained inthis postif you’re really interested. Here’s the tree from that post as we left it.

As it is now

I think I’m going to chop it here eventually.

But today, in this lightening quick post, I wanted to show you this other tree from the same batch.

Isn’t that a cool wound on the trunk?

And the roots are wonderfully radial.

It’s pretty much destroyed the disc.

Like a hand clutching and crushing it in disgust. I wonder what’s on the disc….

“How to lose a guy in 10 days”


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