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Species Specific => Trident Maple Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: Superwogg16 on May 07, 2013, 07:21 AM

Title: Trident maple seedlings.
Post by: Superwogg16 on May 07, 2013, 07:21 AM
I've just recently bought 2 trident maple seedlings, I'm pretty new to bonsai and just mainly wondering how to make sure my seedlings will have good nebari later on. Also any other tips with trident maples will be appreciated.
Title: Re: Trident maple seedlings.
Post by: bwaynef on May 07, 2013, 01:37 PM
Nebari is made @ repotting time.  I didn't notice where you were in your profile, but its probably too late to repot.  A picture would help, but in general getting the rootball as flat as possible with roots exiting the trunk at the same level is ideal.  There are a few tricks for oil-slick nebari ...but you're years from that w/ seedlings.
Title: Re: Trident maple seedlings.
Post by: akeppler on May 07, 2013, 07:25 PM
I have seen many oil slick type nebari but never any tricks. Could you elaborate on the "tricks" for creating such?
Title: Re: Trident maple seedlings.
Post by: Superwogg16 on May 08, 2013, 05:33 AM
I'm in Tasmania it's late autumn right now.. When it's time to re pot do I flatten the roots in a very wide shallow pot, or a deeper one with a tile a few inches below the dirt? Thx
Title: Re: Trident maple seedlings.
Post by: bwaynef on May 08, 2013, 11:20 AM
Al, I'm certain I'm going to disappoint you.  The only two tricks that come to mind involve setting each individual root in traction w/ pins and a board of some type and fertilizing near the nebari.  Neither give immediate results.  I'm certain you're familiar with both ...but I wish I could think of the gentleman from Japan that pioneered the traction/pinning of roots.  I'm not sure where I FIRST heard about it, but I know I've read about it @ Jonas' wonderful http://bonsaitonight.com (http://bonsaitonight.com).  I believe Adair's done something similar with a Zelkova that he posted ...probably here.

Super, I'd opt for wide and shallow.
Title: Re: Trident maple seedlings.
Post by: akeppler on May 08, 2013, 07:19 PM
Al, I'm certain I'm going to disappoint you.  The only two tricks that come to mind involve setting each individual root in traction w/ pins and a board of some type and fertilizing near the nebari.  Neither give immediate results.  I'm certain you're familiar with both ...but I wish I could think of the gentleman from Japan that pioneered the traction/pinning of roots.  I'm not sure where I FIRST heard about it, but I know I've read about it @ Jonas' wonderful http://bonsaitonight.com (http://bonsaitonight.com).  I believe Adair's done something similar with a Zelkova that he posted ...probably here.

Super, I'd opt for wide and shallow.

I think the biggest trick is "time".
Title: Re: Trident maple seedlings.
Post by: John Kirby on May 08, 2013, 08:56 PM
Ebihara. The key is multiple trees and sacrificing thr unneeded ones and, oh yeah, time. Ten years at least, more better.