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General Category => Deciduous Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: Hotaction on March 16, 2010, 02:04 PM

Title: My other larch
Post by: Hotaction on March 16, 2010, 02:04 PM
I decided to give this one a bit of a first styling.  I collected last April and it grew well last year, so I decided it could take a bit of abuse.  Hope you like the direction I'm headed with this one.

Dave
Title: Re: My other larch
Post by: bwaynef on March 17, 2010, 01:43 PM
I think for an initial styling you've eliminated a lot of the unwanted stuff.  I don't know if it would be improved, but I tend to initially try to find the loan-trunked informal upright in most trees.  If you got rid of the two left trunks (from the 1st after picture) leaving something of one or both to jin, and added a little movement to the remaining trunk you might have an impressive tree.  There might also be a much smaller semi-cascade using that right branch, w/ a good tilt of the trunk.

That said, I don't really like the left cascade-wannabe trunk, but I'm not sure I'd remove it now.  I'll take a wait-and-see-where-you're-headed approach on this one.  Keep us updated.




<edit>I'm an idiot.  I should've said lone-trunked.  Excuse my error.</edit>
Title: Re: My other larch
Post by: Hotaction on March 17, 2010, 02:06 PM
Thanks for the insights Wayne.  I too agree that one should search for that "lone" trunk when trying to find the bonsai within.  However, the junction of the trunk is quite odd with little continuity between the main trunk and the sub-trunks.  The right most trunk does have the best potential if i were too eliminate to one leader and there is alot of nice action in the branches over there. (see pic)  If this direction doesn't pan out, this is where a future smaller tree will be designed from.  I'll also include a shot of a tree that has been an inspiration for this design.

Dave

Title: Re: My other larch
Post by: bwaynef on March 17, 2010, 02:09 PM
I too agree that one should search for that "lone" trunk when trying to find the bonsai within.

I'm not saying you SHOULD, but that I often fall into that rut, at least initially.
Title: Re: My other larch
Post by: noissee on March 18, 2010, 09:38 AM
I really like the triple trunk image. I think this actually looks very realistic.
Title: Re: My other larch
Post by: Hotaction on March 30, 2010, 01:03 PM
Thanks noisee, glad you like it :)

Dave
Title: Re: My other larch
Post by: Hotaction on April 19, 2010, 02:09 PM
A couple shots with the new foliage.
Title: Re: My other larch
Post by: bwaynef on April 19, 2010, 03:08 PM
That last picture shows a really nice informal upright single trunk using the left-most trunk.  (I've been known to be unimaginative though.)

I really like this one too.
Title: Re: My other larch
Post by: Hotaction on April 19, 2010, 03:27 PM
Wayne, I left a small little branch there for a new apex in case I have to go that route.  It is noticeable in the picture.  Of coarse, I'm not quite ready to give up on the triple trunk quite yet. ;)  I can always cut back later.  Perhaps I'll bring this with me to Nature's Way this weekend.

Dave
Title: Re: My other larch
Post by: KimchiMonger on April 26, 2010, 08:39 PM
I had to take a good look at the very first photo and that last - TWO COMPLETELY DIFFERENT TREES!  What you did with that pile of branches was impressive and inspirational! Whoa!
Title: Re: My other larch
Post by: Hotaction on May 06, 2010, 02:47 PM
I had to take a good look at the very first photo and that last - TWO COMPLETELY DIFFERENT TREES!  What you did with that pile of branches was impressive and inspirational! Whoa!

Thanks for the kind words.  I'm glad you like it so far. 

This tree is growing like crazy and come winter I'll have a lot more tree to work with.

Dave
Title: Re: My other larch
Post by: Hotaction on September 09, 2010, 01:34 PM
An after summer update for my records, thought I'd post it.
Title: Re: My other larch
Post by: Hotaction on March 11, 2011, 03:20 PM
Due for its first pot or grow box in spring.  The washtub served me well.
Title: Re: My other larch
Post by: bwaynef on March 11, 2011, 03:30 PM
Plans?
Title: Re: My other larch
Post by: Hotaction on March 12, 2011, 01:07 AM
Wayne, I'm gonna take a look at the roots. Then see what I cam plant it in, and at what angle. After that, ill focus on recovery while contemplating the future options.
Title: Re: My other larch
Post by: Hotaction on March 22, 2011, 01:42 PM
Well, I got this one into it's first pot last night.  the pot is Japanese, and the tree was collected just a couple weeks shy of two years ago.  Once it recovers from the rootwork, I should really be able to bend the branches, as they are quite flexible.

Dave
Title: Re: My other larch
Post by: bonsaikc on March 22, 2011, 04:29 PM
Well, I got this one into it's first pot last night.  the pot is Japanese, and the tree was collected just a couple weeks shy of two years ago.  Once it recovers from the rootwork, I should really be able to bend the branches, as they are quite flexible.

Dave

Dave, I like the way this one is going. I might suggest, though, a bigger pot as you have already indicated it's as deep as it will go in this one. While the shape is pleasing, using this pot has required you to mound the soil up to cover the roots. This is always less than optimal because either the water will erode the soil over time, or the soil will eventually firm up and the water will run off the pot instead of pooling and sinking into the soil.

Boon has taught us, and photos of masterpieces all over the world bear this out, that the soil should be level and just below the rim of the pot. For cultivation purposes, this is best. If the pot seems too big for the tree, it probably is, but this is something to be dealt with over time by good root work.
Title: Re: My other larch
Post by: Hotaction on April 13, 2011, 02:06 PM
Bursting buds abound
Title: Re: My other larch
Post by: Hotaction on May 06, 2011, 02:06 PM
Added about three guy wires, and lightly pruned for shape.

Dave
Title: Re: My other larch
Post by: Hotaction on May 17, 2011, 01:25 PM
Added some moss and stuff for the club show this past weekend.

Dave
Title: Re: My other larch
Post by: Hotaction on March 19, 2012, 01:13 AM
Fully wired and ready for spring.
Title: Re: My other larch
Post by: Owen Reich on March 19, 2012, 02:07 AM
Very cool.  I would consider shortening the low hanging left trunk back to around the start of the fork and re-grow thinner branches.  That would balance the current upper canopy and the dropping trunk well.
Title: Re: My other larch
Post by: Hotaction on March 19, 2012, 12:38 PM
Owen, shortening that branch is in the plans for the future.  I already cut it back some when I styled the tree.  If it grows well, hopefully I can work it back further.  Thanks for looking.