Fat Little Trident Maple 2

Nebari Bonsai

Here is the previous post on this one…and here is the update!
It was dug in March and root pruned:

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Then some tidying up…
Reopening the callus to keep the cambium moving. Maybe this cut will close in my lifetime…?

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This little hole in the back had a softer center; and a chopstick routed it out quickly…down into the soil under the trunk. I used some epoxy putty to fill the hole, and will scuff the bark to expose cambium and get it to crawl across the putty.

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A little selection pruning, then waiting until the first shoots begin to lignify!

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Growing out in Spring:

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It was pinched back in May and then allowed to grow on.
June. Time to defoliate and put a little movement in primary branches:

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Emmett approves (of the fertilizer cakes, more likely):

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The shortened sacrifice leader will be removed when new growth resumes below it.

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Fat little trident maple

Nebari Bonsai

Here is a project 11 years in the making. Truthfully, it’s probably a 5-6 year project, but I’ve learned a lot along the way, and hopefully my timelines shorten as I go on.
2002, received, and planted in the ground:

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Then in 2003, I did some root work and planted it in a shallow flat, and wired up a new leader. I have learned that this is not the best way to develop new trunk sections:

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2004-2005 in a wood box. It regained some strength after root work, and started growing well:

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Here it is in 2008, back in the ground:

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In 2010, the top half died back, so it was reduced to a stump:

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Fast-forward a few years of in-ground growing time…

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After cleaning up the pruning scars, adding fresh cuts to the callus, and scraping off the rough bark around the collars:

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This is on the path to…

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