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Lurker needs advice! ( Japanese Maple )
« on: August 31, 2015, 06:44 PM »
Hi all long time lurker needs help, I'm hoping some more experienced members can help. my first question is about the nebari, I was wondering if this is usable or if it would be better off with a air/ground layer? any advice, suggestions , critique is appreciated, thank you.



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Re: Lurker needs advice! ( Japanese Maple )
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2015, 09:42 PM »
It is not the best nebari, but otherwise you have a nice tree.

There are two ways I can think of to improve it.
  • Air layering near the base of the trunk. There is risk in this, of course - the existing roots die before enough new ones are generated by the layer. In this event you lose the whole tree.
  • Grafting on new roots. Approach grafting seedlings to replace certain unattactive roots or to add roots where there aren't any (the top of the seedling is pruned at the 'ground level' after the graft is well fused. This may be a lengthy process, but it doesn't risk the life of the tree
I recommend that you try root grafting first - it may not be as difficult as it seems. On the other hand, if it proves to be very difficult/frustrating, you live with the nebari and a few scars or layer it.


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Re: Lurker needs advice! ( Japanese Maple )
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2015, 08:12 AM »
Yes.  Root graft.


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Re: Lurker needs advice! ( Japanese Maple )
« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2015, 07:47 AM »
I have to agree on the root grafting.

Rather take the long road and ensure that your bonsai survives.