Repotting 2016

I repotted this tree back into the same container on the 23rd March 2016:

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Repotting 2015

I repotted this into a bonsai container on the 4th May 2015:

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I had to take a bit out from the bottom to fit in the pot and below is it all finished up for the day:


#2 Trident Maple Project (con’t)

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#2 Trident Maple Project (cont)

Trident Maple Project #2 (July 2012)

As promised, here is an update of my other Trident Maple project.  The last post I wrote about this tree was in June of 2012.  Please click here if you would like to see what I did back then.  I’ve worked on this tree twice during the Summer in July and August, but due to the busy schedule I hadn’t gotten a chance to write about it.  Instead of writing two post about this tree, I will put the two Summer visits into this one post.  Now that it’s Fall and the leaves are starting to change on the deciduous trees here, we will be working on this tree one last time to wrap up the year.  That post should be out in December.  But enough about the future, lets take a look into the past and see what…

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The Trident Maple Project and Summer Maple Work

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The Trident Maple Project and Summer Maple Work

After a long day of De-candling and pulling needles, it was good to get back to the leafy trees.  The hours after dinner are considered my free time and I took that opportunity to revisit this Trident Maple Project!  Normally, I would have gotten to work on this tree earlier but I decided to allow some branches to extend to strengthen the tree.  After all, I did cut off a bunch of branches and repotted it a little late in the season.  If you would like to read about the cut back and repotting of this tree last April, you can visit that post by clicking here.  The early Summer evenings are cool now and it is a good time to get some work done.  I grabbed my camera and got right to it.  In this post, I am going to…

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De-candling and Stuff!

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De-candling and Stuff!

Now that Summer is in full swing, we’re moving away from the deciduous into the Black/Red Pine work.  During the Summer is the time we start to de-candle the many Black/Red Pines we have here at Aichien.  For new and seasoned Bonsai enthusiast, the concept of de-candling can be or still be confusing and misunderstood.  Black/Red Pines in general are more difficult to work on because of balancing issues and one of the most difficult trees to balance.  In this post, I’m going to talk about the concept of de-candling, when it’s applied, the results and the other details surrounding the concept.  I will also talk a bit about cutting back and thinning of the tree as well.  Of course, I’ll be sharing some pictures of the process.  This is by no means the definitive guide to de-candling which is normally best taught by a trained and…

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Five Needle Pine – Quickly

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Now that it’s September, we are starting to work on the Five Needle Pines.  For the last week I’ve been working on a lot of Trident Maples and Mr. Tanaka threw this one in the middle of it.  I was glad to work on it because I was starting to see Trident Maple leaves when I closed my eyes.  I was even starting to dream about them….  well no, not really.  Got you!  Anyways, I will write a future post about those Tridents in the coming weeks so stay tuned for that one.  In this post, I will give some general information  about Five Needle Pines and show some before and afters of my work and Mr. Tanaka’s adjustments.


Here at Aichien we start working on Five Needles Pines at the end of August through the Fall.  Things that we can do now are cutting the old needles, cutting…

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