If you have been in bonsai for very long you quickly learn that having good nebari (root structure) adds significantly to the aesthetic and monetary value of your tree. But to be direct, in the US we don’t see that many trees with what we would classify as outstanding or incredible nebari. It takes work – and more work – and then some time.
In 2008 we visited a individual (not to be named at his request) outside of Tokyo that was growing Japanese maples that made our jaw drop. Let me show you the first of a few.
A nicely formed tree with the beginning of excellent ramification but with outstanding nebari. Just look at this closeup.
The owner of this tree indicated that when he repots his maples he takes about three days to do it. Why you might ask? He indicated that he very slowly combs out…
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