Bonsai exhibits are a great opportunity to see different styles and varieties at their best. As such, my visits to exhibits tend to trigger a lot of questions. Finding answers isn’t always easy. Some questions are simple matters of horticulture that I have yet to learn. Others are matters of opinion – food for thought. Here’s a sampling of the questions that popped into mind as I visited REBS’ recent show.
Where can I get a tree like this? (I actually know the answer to this one – from Jim Gremel)
Blue atlas cedar
How long does it take to develop cedar branches from scratch?
Blue atlas cedar – about 25 years old
How could rearranging foliage near the apex downplay the section of the trunk that moves to the left?
Blue atlas cedar – about 44 years old
Do pygmy cypress require a lot of maintenance?
Mendocino cypress – in training since 1993
What is the ideal pot for this cypress?
Mendocino cypress – in training since 1992
What will it take for us to develop more nice white pine bonsai in California?
Japanese white pine
How can rearranging the foliage downplay the section of the trunk that points to the right?
Japanese black pine – about 60 years old
How far should the first branch reach to the left?
Cork bark Japanese black pine – in training since 2000
What is the ideal front for this juniper
Procumbens juniper – in training since 2010
Procumbens juniper, side view – alternative front
How long does deadwood last on Coast redwood?
Coast redwood – in training about 31 years
What is the ideal pot shape for a tall redwood?
Coast redwood – about 50 years old
Is reverse taper a problem when the deadwood is great?
How long before this demo tree appears in an exhibit?
Coast redwood – demo tree