I was relieved when it was time to clean up the last azalea on the bench. A friend and I had thinned around forty trees over the previous few weeks (thanks Dylan!) but I was still looking forward to seeing how the last tree would turn out. It’s a mature ‘Kozan.’
Satsuki azalea ‘Kozan’
The work wasn’t particularly slow, but there were lots of branches that needed attention. It felt good to clean up the trunk too.
After thinning crowded areas and removing large leaves, it became easy to appreciate the tree’s silhouette.
After thinning – 26″ tall
Although the tree didn’t grow much last year – a result of being bare-rooted last winter – I expect much more growth this year. I also plan to let the tree bloom in spring.
When the tree starts producing more vigorous growth, I’ll look to do more severe cutback and wiring. I’ll also be ready to repot the tree into a show container – something I’m really looking forward to!
Now Available – Japanese Satsuki Bonsai
I recently received copies of an English-language Satsuki book published in Japan. Japanese Satsuki Bonsai features an introduction to satsuki styles, flower types, popular varieties, seasonal care, and how-to tips for developing satsuki from field-grown trees into more refined specimens.
Japanese Satsuki Bonsai
The English isn’t perfect, but the book demonstrates key techniques with ample photos throughout. Learn more at Japanese Satsuki Bonsai.
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