Author Topic: Cotoneaster 'Tom Thumb' Project; nebari creations and refinement  (Read 11962 times)

Owen Reich

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This is one of a few bonsai I've kept since 2005.  Most were sold or donated in 2010.  Trunk was collected from the center of a stock block at Iseli Nursery.  It only had a few roots, and I didn't know big cuts on Cotoneaster don't heal.  It has only been repotted once since 2005 (likely in 2009).  I wire it every three years; one year it grows unchecked.  Next year, pruned 2-4x (this year).  Next year, it will be repotted into good media (medium sized Aoki Deciduous Blend) and a nice glazed container.

This is the original front. 
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Re: Cotoneaster 'Tom Thumb' Project; nebari creations and refinement
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2014, 06:01 PM »
Today, after the request for information on trunk thickening, I decided to continue the process of nebari creation.  Basically, in 2010 I had the idea to take suckers near the base, ground layer them, then wait a year or so and remove the tissue past the layer point.  

As you can see below, it worked.  Shoots were allowed to run unchecked the first year.  I pruned in Winter the next year just to be safe.  Today, I continued the process on 3 shoots I forgot to do last year and one new one.

IMG 3005 is after removal of adventitious shoots for the new front.  All roots here came from ground layered suckers.  This was the back, but the scar on the old front cannot be fixed and the large single trunk/root is no good.

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Re: Cotoneaster 'Tom Thumb' Project; nebari creations and refinement
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2014, 06:06 PM »
Today, I layered the four remaining shoots and documented the process.  I've been pleasantly surprised at how little the new roots sucker. 

Bottom of sucker is cut with a sharp knife, pinned to media or close to it, and finely chopped sphagnum moss applied to sides and under wound site. 
 

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Re: Cotoneaster 'Tom Thumb' Project; nebari creations and refinement
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2014, 06:11 PM »
New front.  All trimmed up and covered with fruit.  Next year, repot to give more space for the new nebari for increased vigor and detail wiring of canopy.   I estimate another 5-10 years for root spread to be noteworthy.  Will try to use suckers for secondary root spread too just for fun. 

Bark is fissuring nicely and ramification starting to become establish.  This is one of the most frustrating species to style and ramify as shoots pop in either a herringbone pattern or straight up / down.  Only ideal shoots are kept

Thoughts?
 

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Re: Cotoneaster 'Tom Thumb' Project; nebari creations and refinement
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2014, 06:42 PM »
I know it's a pain, but can you try to upload these photos in a larger format?  (or at least a couple of them?) They are too small to see the detail that I am straining to see.  Looks like a very interesting idea, I could use that on my large crabapple, as it's always throwing suckers, especially off the existing roots.
Thanks for the lesson!
 

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Re: Cotoneaster 'Tom Thumb' Project; nebari creations and refinement
« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2014, 07:21 PM »
trying again
 

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Re: Cotoneaster 'Tom Thumb' Project; nebari creations and refinement
« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2014, 07:22 PM »
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« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2014, 07:23 PM »
and more
 

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Re: Cotoneaster 'Tom Thumb' Project; nebari creations and refinement
« Reply #8 on: August 25, 2014, 07:30 PM »
Better?  512 kb is not the greatest file size.  I'm going to throw this out there:   How much work and money would be necessary to increase file size to photo posts on Bonsai Study Group.  A picture is worth 1000 words.  A good pic is worth 10,000.  I'll donate.  More people may post and visit.

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Re: Cotoneaster 'Tom Thumb' Project; nebari creations and refinement
« Reply #9 on: August 25, 2014, 07:41 PM »
Your photos are only showing a size of 18 kb (or so), which means you still have a lot more room you could use before you hit the 512 kb limit. Look at the pics in J Kirby's thread, they're only 176 kb but roughly 800x1000 in pixels, can see them much better.

Tree looks interesting but like Judy, I wish I could see more detail. Do you have a photo from directly in front at the proper viewing level?

This thread reminded me that I had a nice, really small Tom Thumb cotoneaster at one point. It was only about 3-4" tall and had a nice shape, but I was too new at the time to recognize the signs of stress it was showing (due to bad/rotting roots) until it was too late.

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Re: Cotoneaster 'Tom Thumb' Project; nebari creations and refinement
« Reply #10 on: August 25, 2014, 07:58 PM »
Yeah, yours are small compared to Kirbys... ;D ;D ;D

I just want to see the root images better if possible.
Thanks.
 

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Re: Cotoneaster 'Tom Thumb' Project; nebari creations and refinement
« Reply #11 on: August 25, 2014, 08:38 PM »
It's supposed to resize automatically.  Let us know if it's not.

http://bonsaistudygroup.com/forum-feedback/resizing-images-is-a-thing-of-the-past!/

 

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Re: Cotoneaster 'Tom Thumb' Project; nebari creations and refinement
« Reply #12 on: August 25, 2014, 08:49 PM »
3.47 MB original filesize.
 

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Re: Cotoneaster 'Tom Thumb' Project; nebari creations and refinement
« Reply #13 on: August 26, 2014, 12:31 AM »
Well, it won't let me do anything near that.
 

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Re: Cotoneaster 'Tom Thumb' Project; nebari creations and refinement
« Reply #14 on: August 26, 2014, 08:18 AM »
A few adjustments have been made, so that might improve the situation a bit.  Its still being investigated, but I believe it has to do with the amount of time it takes to get the images transferred to the server.  I'm ridiculously connected (dual 10 Gbps links and a 100Gbps:  ridiculous right?) at my office so I can't really test this scenario.