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Re: Shohin Japanese Maple
« Reply #15 on: December 22, 2011, 05:57 PM »
John, this tree (and others of yours  in progress) are EXCELLENT examples of the patience and thought needed to develop Bonsai. It is a pleasure to view them, see their progress, and remember that Rome wasn't built in a day. Bonsai needs time, even when a tree that is developed as much as this one is presented. I hope I (and other novice) will look and learn and not rush things.

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Re: Shohin Japanese Maple
« Reply #16 on: December 22, 2011, 07:37 PM »
Jay, thanks. The point is that when we post trees they need to be at their best. I chose to post a couple of trees that we are trying to transform, some of what as happened is difficult as an intermediate. It is 50 degrees here in CT........
 

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Re: Shohin Japanese Maple
« Reply #17 on: December 22, 2011, 11:38 PM »
John, do you know the technique of removing the set of "tongues" on Acer palmatum to decrease internode length?  If not, it involves removal of what initially covered the leaves inside the unopened bud.  Once the buds just pop open, the little flaps that are not true leaves can be carefully removed with scissors or tweezers.  The effect is that the shoot is stressed and not insulated from the elements.  We do this on Shohin in Osaka but it's tedious for anything bigger than Kifu size trees. 

I'll demonstrate on a Bonsai Art of Japan episode for everyone in Spring of 2012.
Nice tree.
 

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Re: Shohin Japanese Maple
« Reply #18 on: December 23, 2011, 06:14 AM »
All,

If I remember correctly, Albek's book Majesty In Miniature describes this process in detail with nice photos, but I'd have to run upstairs and check it. But I believe that is where I first learned the process.

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Re: Shohin Japanese Maple
« Reply #19 on: December 23, 2011, 07:49 AM »
Owen, yes. This tree has not been any where near refinement, assuming the grafts are solid (and I truly believe that they are), we can start to reduce branches and then wire and grow for twigginess. This process isn't as quick as just snap wiring a conifer and having a great looking tree (faults and all). As has been inferred, it is a process.

Jeffry, thanks. These photographs are taken during the rather hectic workshops that are done at Boon's garden for BIB. So, we typically get the tree up on turntable by the wall, work around folks walking through and working on trees to get before and after or progress pictures. Setting up for more formal pictures, with the light racks set up and good stands, is reserved for less crowded days.
 

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Re: Shohin Japanese Maple
« Reply #20 on: December 23, 2011, 08:29 AM »
John, please don't stop posting these works in progress, for the reasoning that the tree needs to look "better" than it does presently.  These types of threads are how I and others like me learn the processes that make great material and take it to the next level.
Thank you for sharing this with us.
 

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Re: Shohin Japanese Maple
« Reply #21 on: December 23, 2011, 09:40 AM »
John

Just beautiful - and now the questions:

1) The pot appears small when considering that you are in a development phase - why was this done?
2) How was this tree positioned during this development period? (wrt sunlight, shading,
3) Are there any close-up photos of the approach grafting?

Jerry
 

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Re: Shohin Japanese Maple
« Reply #22 on: December 23, 2011, 10:01 AM »
Jerry,
1. When the tree was transplanted into this pot, which was done a year after it was moved into the shallow blue pot, it was very slow to fill the pot with roots- two years and it still was not nearly root bound- so a larger pot would have just been extra soil. It was growing faster this year than before, I think it finally hit its stride.

2. Positioned in full sun, turned periodically, fertilized heavily, etc.

3. No close ups, the next time I am at Boon's I will try and remember to take some pictures, the grafts were made as typical, by notching the trunk and then stripping to cambium on both sides of twigs and pinning in place.
 

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« Reply #23 on: December 23, 2011, 10:15 AM »
3) Can you say something more about the "pinning in place" i.e. how was that done?

4) What soil mix did you use during this time? I've used a very free draining soil with my Tridents in the last year and it did not appear to be a good choice.
 

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Re: Shohin Japanese Maple
« Reply #24 on: December 23, 2011, 10:40 AM »
Jerry, have you seen the piece on Urushibata and grafting in Bonsai Focus a couple of years ago? Very similar, notch, then hold the approach in place with map pins driven in with a small hammer.

We use an akadama based soil, with pumice and volcanic. It drains freel but is very moisture retentive, we also covered the soil with shredded spahagnum to stimulate root growth and to maintain soil moisture.

John
 

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Re: Shohin Japanese Maple
« Reply #25 on: December 23, 2011, 11:08 AM »
The maple is simply outstanding :)
 

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Re: Shohin Japanese Maple
« Reply #26 on: December 23, 2011, 12:19 PM »
John

Thanks for the clarifications.

I had not seen that Bonsai Forum - but I get the idea with the map pins.

I'll have to try adding the sphagnum. I also use a akadama/moler/grit mix - but it dries far too quickly I suspect.


 

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Re: Shohin Japanese Maple
« Reply #27 on: December 23, 2011, 05:00 PM »
Hah! I been useing pushpins for approach grafts for years. I thought I was the only one.

go figure....
 

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Re: Shohin Japanese Maple
« Reply #28 on: December 23, 2011, 05:09 PM »
And they work very well.
 

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Re: Shohin Japanese Maple
« Reply #29 on: July 17, 2013, 10:39 PM »
Hey John,

Are there any more updates on this great Maple? I hope so.

Have a great week!!!
Sam