Large Maple Groundlayer

A couple of months ago I managed to have a look at the new roots growing on this very large Japanese Maple garden tree that I had ground layered two years ago here.

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 autumn 2017

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March 2018

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Evidence of new roots

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Wooden box removed and rootball undercut

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Plenty of new root beginning to thicken.  These were spread and left to extend and thicken.

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No new roots on this side.  Older thicker roots were trimmed around the whole tree.

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The bare side was cut again and pasted with rooting hormone.  Tree replanted with free draining soil mix and covered.

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Back in the flower bed for another two years.

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Ground Layers Update

The rest of my material that was ground layered two years ago:

Japanese Larch twin trunk

Jan 2018

Silver Birch

Cut sacrifice branch Jan 2018

Field Maple

January 2018

Field Maple corky bark.  Air layer candidate.

Japanese Maple garden tree.

Jan 2018

fine root

A Sneak Peek

Like all bonsai enthusiasts in the dead of winter, I’m excited about the potential of the growing season ahead. I’ve a lot catch up on after two years of inactivity in the garden but in some cases this has been a good thing. Some of the field grown material has flourished and thickened considerably and today I decided to check if some projects were progressing as I’d hoped. The following trees were all ground layered two years ago to hopefully produce a better surface root system:

First was a European Hornbeam

It was planted in cat litter in the ground and I found lots of fine root throughout this. Didn’t go down to Nebari level though as I didn’t want to do much damage at this point. I am satisfied though with the new flare at the bottom of the trunk. While I was at it I took care of some top pruning but left the bottom branches. I’ll airlayer the sacrifice branch in spring. Can’t wait to lift this tree when buds fatten up!

Flowering Cherry 2017 Growth and Autumn Colour

A quick update for the records of this flowering cherry last posted here

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autumn 15

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current nebari

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autumn 17

I’ve finally got more backbudding and after a couple of years free growth I’ve got more to work with and the trunk is slowly maturing in age and girth.  Good colour this autumn but not the best I’ve had.  I’ll try and get some wiring done over the winter.  Hope to finally repot in the spring.