While maintenance work like minor cutback or wiring can make a tree shine, it’s the larger cuts that really speed along development. Of course, we don’t always enter workshops expecting to make these big cuts. Such was the case for a tree that showed up to last weekend’s Bay Island Bonsai workshop. After selecting a new front and repotting the pine below, it became clear to the tree’s owner that the first branch on the left was too low and too heavy.
The longer one spends developing a branch, the harder it can be to remove it as the effort required to re-grow it is not lost on us. As these and other thoughts passed through Eric’s mind, the cutters came out and the branch came off.
Making the cut
That was easy
Lightening up the first branch made a great difference that will really show the next time the tree is wired and decandled. And I don’t expect this will be far off as the tree is healthy. Here are some shots from the repotting.
New roots growing in December
Where do they end?
After removing the extraneous roots
It took that much work just to get to the soil from which the roots emerged – a super sign of a happy tree.
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