One of the first bonsai under my care was a Japanese plum. As I really like the way it grows, I decided to make some cuttings a few years ago.
Young Japanese plums grown from cuttings
The work is simple at this point – remove or wire anything that lacks movement.
Young plum with two straight shoots
On the tree above, I removed both straight shoots as one was too large to bend and the other was situated near the inside of a bend.
After removing the straight shoots
Here are the two plums from above after removing the unnecessary shoots.
If the main trunk of the tree lacked movement, I shortened it. In the future, I’ll work with a lower branch.
Young plum with straight trunk
After shortening the trunk
I find the work at this stage to be a lot of fun. Here are a few others from the batch.
Young plum after wiring
Young plum after removing a large sacrifice branch
Young plum – in the future it could become a cascade or a more upright tree with a new potting angle
Removing larger sacrifice branches at this stage ensures that the wounds will heal easily. Although letting sacrifice branches develop for several years could produce larger sized trunks in less time, I’d have to take more care to heal the resulting wounds. The idea is that I can maintain tree health and quality while developing trees at a slower pace.
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