At long last – photos from cutback and wiring a large cryptomeria.
Double decker air layer on cryptomeria
I’ve always been curious about whether a double air layer could be used to produce three trees at once. Knowing that cryptomeria bonsai layer well, I thought I’d give it a try. Double decker air layer started May, 2017 One challenge I had was that there was little foliage between the two layers. It’s better […]
Developing formal upright cryptomeria
Four years ago I made a few cryptomeria from air layer (see “How to air layer cryptomeria” and “Cryptomeria from air layer“). I’ve worked little on the trees in the intervening years and only began initial styling this summer. As the goal is to make formal upright bonsai, it’s important to make sure the trunks […]
We usually see photos of cryptomeria bonsai during winter when the trees are dormant. Cryptomeria are usually trained in the formal upright style, and it’s through the development of the branch pads that the trees take on their character. Cryptomeria branch pads Cryptomeria as displayed at Bay Island Bonsai’s 2011 exhibit Summer is a good time […]
Large cryptomeria air layer – part 2
Sixteen months into a layering project for a large cryptomeria, it was time to separate the layer (see “Large cryptomeria air layer – part 1“). September 2012 – time to make the cut Over the previous nine months, roots had grown to fill the makeshift pot, pushing the soil almost half of an inch above […]