I’m enjoying this Deshojo maple a lot more since heavy pruning and wiring in the winter. I’d always been unsure about the twin trunks in the first photo and was getting no backbudding down the trunk to fill out the image. It just kept growing upwards! The trunk was too thin so I decided to make a more compact image. More of a broom style now that its in leaf and I can live with this recent image a lot better. Nice to see a positive difference in two years. Hopefully a winter image later this year will be just as pleasing and will show better ramification too. It’ll go into a smaller pot next year.
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.
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.
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.