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Species Specific => Japanese Maple Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: donmaple on January 04, 2011, 09:04 PM

Title: Root over rock JM
Post by: donmaple on January 04, 2011, 09:04 PM
Well, it was warm here yesterday and I had a day off work so I decided to take the air-layered branches off of one of my maples. This particular one has always been in my possession, I have grown it from a collected seedling. The trunk is finally the size that I want. If you look closely you can barely see some of the rock that it is planted on. Sorry this is not a beautiful rock, but all that I could afford as a student. The plastic is the wrap for the air-layered roots. These are the before shots.
Title: Re: Root over rock JM
Post by: donmaple on January 04, 2011, 09:08 PM
Here are the after shots with the big branches removed. This tree is a little over 15 years in the making...where did all the time go? Will probably leave the big branch on top to help speed up the healing of the big scar sights.
Title: Re: Root over rock JM
Post by: bwaynef on January 05, 2011, 01:39 PM
This tree's strength is certainly in the powerful trunk you've managed to grow.  I don't think the roots, or the fact that it's sitting on a rock are much in the way of assets. 

After you've healed the scars from the chops (and then chop again), I think this could be a killer tree if you layer it off above that rock.  (Probably not what you wanted to hear.)

Keep us posted.
Title: Re: Root over rock JM
Post by: JTGJr25 on January 06, 2011, 10:26 PM
I think this can be a nice tree with some rootwork only.  The rock will not be a design element in the end but it definitely resulted in a nice trunk.


Tom
Title: Re: Root over rock JM
Post by: joe cervantes on January 17, 2011, 10:15 PM
Love it!
Title: Re: Root over rock JM
Post by: Sorce on March 27, 2014, 06:17 AM
I agree with Tom. Forget the rock. But it has created a wonderful base. The exposed roots are great. Very strong.

Update?
Title: Re: Root over rock JM
Post by: Don Dunn on April 08, 2014, 03:43 AM
I wonder how long it would take for all the roots to grow together and make it an even larger trunk? Just the mad scientist in me coming out. Looks like they are already growing together some. It might look odd but I've seen where they (who are they ,if I remembered I would tell you) have taken several seedlings and got them to grow together to make a large trunk.
Maybe it would make a Fantasy tree like Walter Pall is into.
Title: Re: Root over rock JM
Post by: jlushious on April 08, 2014, 09:53 AM
I came across this blog a while ago where they are doing some interesting stuff to create large fused trunks using lots of little whips over a frame: http://fusionbonsai.com/ (http://fusionbonsai.com/)

They have had some really interesting results from it.