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Shohin Japanese Maple

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John Kirby:
OK, I know both of those trees, I thinkI helped repot, or at least moss, the first one a 2-3 years ago for the show. Both are trident maples, both are very large and spent a decade or more in the ground. You have a nice tree. Wait until earl spring, bare root and then see where the best nebari line is and then repot into a growing container and prune.

jlushious:
I doodled on pic #9 to show you the inside and outside curves (terrible drawing but you should get the idea). Red is the outside of the curve, and green is the inside (roughly).

BonsaiEngineer1493:
Here is an update.

The leaves fell of and dried up quickly on this one. I pulled them off and decided it's time to prune hard. As I mentioned before, most of the branches were thick with no movement -just plain ugly. Today, I took in a lot of consideration on which ones to prune. If there was a bud growing by the base of the branch, I cut it back to the bud. I tried not to remove branches in the same area to discontinue sap flow. One of the branches I decided to cut halfway by the base. It was the thickness branch so I decided to do it in sections to avoid die back on the trunk. Maybe I could of totally removed but, I decided to go the safe route. I still have a lot of work to do on top; however, I already have a huge cut there that needs to fill in.

 

LarryAldrich:
Thanks for the update and all the pictures.  You have a yellow band on one of your lower limbs, what is your plan for that limb? I'm excited to see the progress over the next few years.

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