Five Trees in a Hole Update

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This project is what lead to the five hole on the plate project. When I started these it was my wish to have some material to work with that I could never buy, these are just projects that one just has to do for yourself. So far this project is really coming along. I started this project one year before those on the plate, which is a larger project and will make a larger tree. This  project will be a small tree as it was simply an experiment to get my feet wet. This tree was planted on an inverted  terra cotta water saucer. This tree was planted in my regular ALP (akadama, lava, pumice) mix and watered and fertilized profusely.

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As I was getting close to fall of 2013 I took a peek of what I had. Looked pretty damn good to me. I had never did this so this…

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Cutting Down for Shohin

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In Fresno here a group of us have decided to start a Shohin Study Group. This group will obviously be for the study of smaller trees but will also be good for those that have smaller Kifu sized trees that would like to fit into the Shohin catagory in size but have no idea how to get them down to that size. For the first meeting I have made this handy dandy measuring stick. It has all the sizes that I will ever encounter in bonsai. I do not for see having a bonsai larger than 40 inches.

What are the sizes that bonsai fall under?

Bonsai Size Classification

Keishi Bonsai (thumb size) – Up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) in height

Shito Bonsai (very small) – Up to 3 inch (7.5 cm) in height

Mame Bonsai (mini) – Up to 6 inch (15 cm) in height

Shohin Bonsai (small)…

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Maple Trunk Chopping

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Probably the most utilized technique in bonsai is the trunk chop. It is no secret that chopping down a larger tree into a smaller tree will allow for a larger trunk quicker while allowing for the formation of taper into the regrown trunk extension. Sounds easy enough, but a good chop will be unnoticed in future years while a poor chop will be seen straight away. It is an easy thing to do so it is a technique that allows for practise to make one better.

This article will focus on the acer species, but can be utilized for many hardwood deciduous species also. Maple trees respond well to the chop with tridents being the best for the job. Their ability to bounce back quick, stretch and allow bark to flow, and cane extension to build fast makes them the best to get ones feet wet with. It is not uncommon to take…

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