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Ground layers for nebari
« on: January 18, 2011, 01:10 AM »
I started the process a few years back with a pyracantha bought at a bonsai booth at the college Asian Fest for 20.00. It had a real bad base and some dead wood, though the crown had not been styled too much. It loooks as though it spent way too much time in a 1 gallon nursery can.
 

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Re: Ground layers for nebari
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2011, 01:11 AM »
I thought if I could layer off that portion that was bad and leave the part above, the tree may have promise. I decided that I would try to get it layered to the crop point in this photo
 

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Re: Ground layers for nebari
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2011, 01:14 AM »
I cut and peeled all the roots that were to remain on the trunk and figured that those under the trunk would just be severed off anyway. If I had good roots from the tops of all those peeled areas I wouldn't have to worry about the parts not exposed.
 

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Re: Ground layers for nebari
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2011, 01:15 AM »
A collar out of plastic canvas was built to hold the soil and then it was hormoned and covered with high fire akadama spheres.
 

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Re: Ground layers for nebari
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2011, 01:18 AM »
The top was pruned back and exposed. I left the top part long, and then at the last minute cut it back all the way to the trunk. It was wired and left to grow roots over the summer.

During the summer it did put on some more leaves.
 

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Re: Ground layers for nebari
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2011, 01:19 AM »
By mid summer the tops of the roots were starting to show signs of roots popping out from the soil. Pyracanthas are pretty aggressive and roots grow fast.
 

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Re: Ground layers for nebari
« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2011, 01:21 AM »
Last spring it was finally put into a bonsai pot after the first year ground layer.
 

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Re: Ground layers for nebari
« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2011, 01:24 AM »
Now that the tree is well on its way, phase two will start. I think there is two trees there. I will layer off the top tree, with the deadwood and then make a shohin out of the bottom part usuing only the one branch on the left for the new crown. With some artistic carving I can introduce taper and texture and gain a pretty sweet smaller tree. As it is, it's future would be bleak. It has no taper and the trunk is too long, with no good directional changes for interest.
 

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Re: Ground layers for nebari
« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2011, 01:27 AM »
Which brings us to this trident maple. I bought the tree for the great trunk and no large scars. the bark is smooth and the scars it does have can be healed over in a year or two.

Upon inspection for a repot I discovered that the roots under the tree were shaped like a claw.
 

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Re: Ground layers for nebari
« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2011, 01:30 AM »
To correct this the plant will have to have a whole new set of roots be of any value as a bonsai. Right now the plant was in a semi cascade pot due to the length of those claws.


By stripping the entire bottom portion of the trunk, I will have roots around the trunk to get rid of the ugly bottom. At that point it will be fairly easy to graft on larger root cuttings to start over with a great buttressing nebari
 

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Re: Ground layers for nebari
« Reply #10 on: January 18, 2011, 01:31 AM »
If I am lucky, in a few years I can have something like this...
 

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Re: Ground layers for nebari
« Reply #11 on: January 18, 2011, 06:22 AM »
Al, thanks for sharing. I'm very interested in this method. It looks easy but I have a feeling that you need to be perfect with the cuts. Also I think the trees you have used and your climate have something to do with the success.

Keep us posted, please.

Be Happy and be Healthy
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Re: Ground layers for nebari
« Reply #12 on: January 18, 2011, 08:33 AM »
By stripping the entire bottom portion of the trunk, I will have roots around the trunk to get rid of the ugly bottom. At that point it will be fairly easy to graft on larger root cuttings to start over with a great buttressing nebari

What's the point of the root cuttings ...after layering the tree?
 

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Re: Ground layers for nebari
« Reply #13 on: January 18, 2011, 10:44 AM »
Wayne,
speed of development and getting roots in spots that they may not have sprouted from yet. John
 

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Re: Ground layers for nebari
« Reply #14 on: January 18, 2011, 10:56 AM »
Great progression, Al.  Thanks for sharing.