Garden Maple ground layer

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Thought I would have a tentative look for any new surface roots on this very large Japanese Maple.  I decided to layer it last year as the existing root base consisted of three extremely thick roots that were unsuitable for bonsai.  I was glad to see signs of new growth but far too early to dig up and investigate properly.  I’ll leave it as it is for at least another year.

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Top growth last year was very short compared to the long internodes usually associated with this type of material.  All of last years shoots were no more than one or two cm long, presumably because of the work done to layer the roots.

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I haven’t done any kind of work with this tree since I dug it up out of the garden four years ago. No further pruning, wiring, pinching etc… Just happy to let it grow out and let primary branches thicken.  At some point soon I’ll wire these into position once I know the tree is doing ok.

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