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John Kirby

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Shohin Japanese Maple
« on: May 13, 2010, 10:15 PM »
I looked for a nice thick based JM shohin for a long time. I got this one from Don B about 14 months ago. Repotted it and let it rip last summer. The tree has a great base and really needs to have branches grown to allow the branches to match the base. Last december we worked to get it repotted, and then did the approach grafts to get branches in the right places, and to heal the cut on the back. The third picture shows it last weekend as we prepared to work on it- it was thinned and wired. Will post agin next month when we work again and take the wire off.
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Re: Shohin Japanese Maple
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2010, 12:54 AM »
I love it John! Ilook forward to seeing the after shots!

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Re: Shohin Japanese Maple
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2010, 05:56 AM »
John this is a real little beauty.
A question, why did you decide to go with approach grafts and not thread grafts?
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Re: Shohin Japanese Maple
« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2010, 07:31 AM »
Could had used wither on the side branches, on the back, the top of the wound was connected to the bottom of the cut wowith two grafts on the same twig- the twig spans the "chop" to connect the two ends like a bridge to increae the rate of healing- and to give back pranches. After working on Pines and Junipers with Boon the past 5 yeas, starting to work on Maples with him has been a real kick.


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Re: Shohin Japanese Maple
« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2011, 06:36 PM »
It is that time of the year again. So after grafting, then doing a second round of grafts (approach) we got good fusion and lots of growth. The runners were about 3' tall and enough growth in diameter to make the grafts stick quite well. So, cut the grafts out, trimmed tips and then repotted to stop the tree from bleeding. Anyway, now we have some branches to work with. Wire to follow in the spring!

The only problem with this tree? Will need to be Kifu, not for height, but because the base is too large to fit into a shohin pot that will fit on a display stand........

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Re: Shohin Japanese Maple
« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2011, 09:19 PM »
Looking good John.  Kudos for getting that gap filled.
 

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Re: Shohin Japanese Maple
« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2011, 06:00 AM »
John,

Lov'n it! Do you know the variety?

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Re: Shohin Japanese Maple
« Reply #7 on: December 22, 2011, 06:12 AM »
John,

Another great Japanese maple!

You have good taste. I have a couple of comments:

From the photos it looks like allowing the tree to gain vigor developed a very heavy first branch on the left side. This is also a problem with me. Also, it looks like you changed the planting angle from your first photo in the shallow blue pot.

I like the bonsai better before you began to change it, but look forward to see how you develop the tree.

Bill
 

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Re: Shohin Japanese Maple
« Reply #8 on: December 22, 2011, 09:35 AM »
Hi Bill,
Thanks for your thoughts. A couple of things. When I got this tree a few years ago it had a couple of significant issues. First, it had been planted in a very, very, small pot and had lost the vast majority of the roots that maintained the nebari at the front of the tree. The tree was potted up twice, and the front worked to stimulate root growth to prevent the death of the front of the tree. Additionally, the tree had a large open wound at the back, which I knew of and had planned on fixing from the beginning, in order to develop back branching and depth. So, this intermediate version of the tree shows it with new branches, a majority of the trunk in the front fed by roots and the wound being healed. The next steps, starting in the spring, will be to shorten and refine both of the major branches on the left and right side and to develop a reasonable canopy. Will see what it looks like next year, I would expect that it should have a good level of refinement in 3-5 years, then it could be shown locally. Thanks again, John
 

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Re: Shohin Japanese Maple
« Reply #9 on: December 22, 2011, 12:40 PM »
these photos are from January 2008
 

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Re: Shohin Japanese Maple
« Reply #10 on: December 22, 2011, 03:26 PM »
These are the pictures that sold me on this little gem, a couple of years and we will have it where I canmakethetwigginess that it deserves.
 

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Re: Shohin Japanese Maple
« Reply #11 on: December 22, 2011, 03:33 PM »
i think that anyone that has ever photographed their tree or any bonsai for that matter is well aware that a tree with very few branches photographs the best. I suspect this is the case with your Jap. Maple. I admit the before photos look better than the current photos but i trust in person its the other way around. A very popular rising star in the bonsai community said this of the trees in Europe. They look fantastic in photos but in person you are left wondering where the rest of the tree is
 

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Re: Shohin Japanese Maple
« Reply #12 on: December 22, 2011, 05:05 PM »
Trees like this always look better in person.  They look great in photos, but are way better in person.
 

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Re: Shohin Japanese Maple
« Reply #13 on: December 22, 2011, 05:40 PM »
Well, this tree when dry (I had just watered after repotting) has the marvelous white bark. The tree needed branches, it needed the apex to be strengthened, and it needed the branches to run a bit. It is better, it just doesn't look finished like it did before, but that was my purpose, build a new tree around the great foundation. I have bought a lot of trees from Don, before and since this one, you alway get great material, my choice here was to build a more complex tree. We are halfway there. John
 

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Re: Shohin Japanese Maple
« Reply #14 on: December 22, 2011, 05:43 PM »
I'm really excited to see this one continue to develop.  I really appreciate your dedication and effort to improve trees like this and others you've posted recently.