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Grog:
Happy St. Paddy's day!  I got this guy last summer and cut him down about 8" today.  The new leader wired up pretty easily, the first branch was not so obliging and snapped without any warning.  I worked some wood glue in the crack with a toothpick and the wire's not letting it move, hopefully it will heal up. 

It needs repotting but before I do I thought I'd see where to go with the roots.  The rootbase is pretty much comprised of two main roots heading out to either side.  Does this look like a candidate for grafting roots or would you just scrap the base and ground layer? 

boon:
wiring looks nice.

it'd be easier to train new branches.  wire in May or june.   after the new leaves have hardened off. 

if you want it to develop good root and good health, use different soil mix. 
Bark is one of the worst thing to add on your mix.

Boon

Grog:
There's  not many times blowing a Blue Moon Spring Blonde out your nose and onto your laptop feels good, but when Boon says "wiring looks nice" is definitely one of them.

On a more serious and less eye watering note, the tree is still in the soil I bought it in, it'll be going into a mix of lava, grit, and haydite.  Akadama if the order comes through tomorrow like it's supposed to.

Thank you for your response Boon, the weekend you came to Topeka last year remains my biggest learning experience yet.

Dan

John Kirby:
Have you seen Boon's japanese maple repotting video? Yu need to see it so that you get the guts to do what will need to be done.

John

smartmandy:
Yes, wiring can shape your bonsai better.. I got some tips at this site - http://thejapanesemaplebonsai.com. Maybe you could check this site and get some ideas too. For me, it was very helpful. :)


--- Quote from: Grog on March 17, 2011, 10:35 PM ---Happy St. Paddy's day!  I got this guy last summer and cut him down about 8" today.  The new leader wired up pretty easily, the first branch was not so obliging and snapped without any warning.  I worked some wood glue in the crack with a toothpick and the wire's not letting it move, hopefully it will heal up. 

It needs repotting but before I do I thought I'd see where to go with the roots.  The rootbase is pretty much comprised of two main roots heading out to either side.  Does this look like a candidate for grafting roots or would you just scrap the base and ground layer? 

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