Dug Up A Maple Yesterday

Off on a skive when I was supposed to be helping; like I can help. A bonsai buddy turned up, must have smelt the tea and hot-cross buns.

Anyway, I stood and supervised (I am sadly disabled ) and one Maple was up before the kettle boiled.

I under-dug last year, and back filled with a very gritty/sandy soil. hence it flew out of the hole. It had grown to about one and a half metres in height in four years. It was a small insignificant tree so fancied fattening it up some. As I had little to loose I kept belting the trunk base each month, which seemed to work well as a super taper has been generated.

A quick prune, into an old basket that happened to be kicking around and voila. Once it has established as it will (says he with fingers crossed), I will remove the branches that have been left on and develop from scratch. My intention is to go small with this one and end up with a bonsai no taller that 30cm maximum.

As you can see I have left some random new growth on that will feed from what little roots I left on the tree. I removed everything at the bottom that had grown which was not much as I had planted the tree with an old Frisbee under it. This has the effect of creating lateral growth as opposed to downwards which is not desirable.

Again, if anyone has any questions please just email me. Again I must mention PLEASE use English language when emailing me.

Here I have secured the tree into a plastic basket. The twine is to keep it still (stops it running away) while the roots re-establish.

I have removed about 75% of the newly formed root system. This has been removed by going all the way back to the trunk. The main reason for taking so much away was … to get it to fit the basket!

My buddy went to get the hot X buns and tea while I slaved away. We decided two chairs on the patio would be good whilst having tea and buns. Missed a photo opportunity I did!

I always spray roots and cover when I leave the tree for ANY period of time. This one shows teh trunk spread quite nicely.

All secure and tucked up. Now off to the green house. Mine is actually green-framed.

Final shot is the tree as is. Once established I will leave for the rest of this year and then next year remove all the stubs and start from just a trunk. Clearly it looks rather unattractive right now but within five years it will be more that respectable.


3 thoughts on “Dug Up A Maple Yesterday

  1. philp8

    It has AMAZING trunk flare, really getting into Maples, there are some cracking species and cultivars out there πŸ™‚

  2. philp8

    Super job Mike, i shall be following the progress of this one with big interest. Kindest regards Martin πŸ™‚

    1. Mike Jones

      Thank you Martin. It is already starting to break leaf so I am pleased. I left just enough live on for the tree to go through the motions. Once I am satisfied it has settled down, it will be left until next year for any further work; apart from any shoot pruning that may be required. Trunk flare is amazing and when I am able to reduce further it might just make a good bonsai in under five years:-)


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