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Re: Shohin Semicascade Japanese Maple
« Reply #15 on: December 22, 2011, 10:47 AM »
Hi Bill and Al, thanks for the very constructive comments. One of the things that always makes posting a little challenging is that when you post trees that beginning to look like bonsai, and not just an initial styling, you frequently don't get useful comments- ones that allow for a more educational interaction, and an improvement of the trees.

Bill, yes. The big issue with this tree has been to get it to grow from more than one or two points, this past year we had good growth, and budding, all over the tree. When we have multiple stable branches, a couple of the current strong pieces will be removed. The pot it is in was available as a grow out pot, it is the right size- about 3 times or so larger than the little pot it was in and as you say doesn't work stylistically with this tree- but I didn't have a terra cotta grow pot out at Boon's when it was repotted.
I will post a picture of the Koyo Green Hexagonal pot that I purchased for this tree.

Al, maybe some optical illusion from my bad close-up photography.The straight vertical elements are not intended for the final design. I am posting several of these projects, some junipers, hornbeams, tridents and others will follow. These are being done in the spirit of showing the intermediate steps that trees go through to go from that seedling to a Bonsai- and sometimes- like teenagers, the intermediates can be a little awkward. Thanks again, John
 

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Re: Shohin Semicascade Japanese Maple
« Reply #16 on: December 22, 2011, 01:45 PM »
Fair enough...I will watch and grow as this tree grows ;D

Maybe next year a future path will be more clear.
 

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Re: Shohin Semicascade Japanese Maple
« Reply #17 on: December 22, 2011, 01:52 PM »
Hey Al, in most clubs in the US, this tree would just be trimmed and then defoliated, pop back and shown. As you developing trees is a process, this tree has never been terribly strong, it is stronger now than at any point that I know of. John
 

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Re: Shohin Semicascade Japanese Maple
« Reply #18 on: December 22, 2011, 08:02 PM »
You are absolutely right about that. I have about 75 trees that most people would consider finished yet "I" have only abouy 5 that I would consider displaying. That is why I enjoy Boon's exhibit so much, because when I see a tree exhibited there it will show some patina of age. This is very important to me, so much so that I feel many of my trees have not reached this stage so I do not exhibit them very much.

This year I am exhibiting a couple shohin trees in the bi-annual shohin seminar in Santa Nella Ca. This seminar draws people from the Eastern US including Bill Valavanis. The last thing I want to do is show a tree that looks like I styled it yesterday.

Palmatum maples are hard to do in shohin anyway due to them being rather weak in pots. I find tridents to be more to my liking in this regard. I guess that is why I have over 75 in development. Love them.

I will be teaching a workshop at the seminar this year........trident maples.....what else!
 

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Re: Shohin Semicascade Japanese Maple
« Reply #19 on: December 22, 2011, 08:26 PM »
Cool. I will be in Japan. I will start posting tridents when I get the opportunity, yet another interesting subject.
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Re: Shohin Semicascade Japanese Maple
« Reply #20 on: February 23, 2014, 07:35 PM »
Still pecking away, repotted one more time and repruned. Before and after.