Building ramification

Nebari Bonsai

Trees grow from the tips, gaining mass behind them. In bonsai the goal is to control how the tips grow (shape and balance) and manage how they gain the mass along the way. We use that growth in many ways; building mass to make branches bigger, to make entire parts of the tree bigger, or to put the finishing touches in the form of ramification.

The “clip and grow” term is used to describe letting a branch grow until it has 5 or more leaves, then trimming it back to one or two. This is performed during the growing season. Each node has a dormant bud where the leaf stem attaches to the branch, which can be signaled to grow when the branch is trimmed back. A dormant bud is circled in red below:

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Grow the branch to 5 or more nodes (leaves):

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Trim it back to 2:

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Dormant buds…

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First Steps with No Bai De ~ Backyard updates

California Bonsai Art

These are a few projects that carried over from last year that started as new projects.

These are the shohin pines I started this year from Ed Clark stock. I started the move forward at the Ted Matson workshop at Ed’s in March. This is what they look like since the cut back.

At the workshop

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Today

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At the Workshop

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Today

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The elm cuttings as planted

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Today and after pruning.

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This small trident at the beginning of the season with a layer mark at the bottom of the trunk. the tree was ground layered there and prepared for growing roots.

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Today

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The spahgnum moss used to keep the roots cool just below the soil.

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Some pictures around the tree. I have pretty even rootage around the tree, but I also have even spaced holes with no roots around the tree. I can see where roots are starting to emerge so…

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