Another tree relocated from the front garden to the back. One of my least promising trees at the minute, its suffered from my past indecisiveness and lack of attention while in the growing bed. I’m learning from it though that with conifers the process of field growing is still hands on. You can’t just plant and forget about them and expect to have decent bonsai material 5 years later.
I’ve pruned this in the past to try and encourage back budding but to little avail so far.
A pretty straight lower trunk and not much taper unfortunately.
Some inverse taper too as the base does not exhibit the necessary root flare or width to suggest stability. So what to do?
Well I thought a 90 degree turn would produce a better front for a start. I think I’ll keep the two longest trunk lines as sacrifice branches and keep the shortest trunk line facing forward. Perhaps a literati style is the only viable option but I know Mugo Pines have a propensity for quite long needles. Time will tell.
Maybe I can get more buds like these popping.