Shohin Repots   8 comments

Some of these have had their soil refreshed, some are in show pots for the first time, and some were up-potted to baskets for further growing out.

This small trident is seeing a show pot for the first time. It is an import Chinese pot I bought from Don Blackmond


This small trident also see a show pot for the first time. This pot by Dick Ryerson.


This small mountain maple has been refreshed in its Gary Wood pot.


This Shishigashira is also refreshed in an import pot from Japan.


This Trident has been refreshed in a pot from Yamafusa


I picked up these three new pines from Ed Clark. These pines were grown in four inch nursery pots. These have not been grown in the ground. The trunks currently are about 1 inch and have been grown with wire from whips and the wire allowed to embed and thicken. This is how they looked coming out of the 4 inch pots. plenty of white roots showing they are now pushing sap and growing.


Teasing out all the roots.


Cutting back for replant.


All of the pines were planted in coarse soil in 12 inch pond baskets. This is



This is no two. This has the potential to become a pretty good semi cascade.



This is no. three. This has some really good twists and turns. The trunk is fat, nearly 1.25 across at the bottom, five inches tall and really good taper. This will become a fine shohin bonsai pretty quickly.






8 responses to “Shohin Repots

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  1. When they are grown in 4″ pots are they repotted every year, and how long does it take to get a 1″ trunk.

  2. Not repotted every year, and he said he did these in two years from nursery whips. As soon as the weather gets a little better he has invited me out to the nursery to do a complete write up on his growing areas. His tridents grow incredibly fast also. He has some larger pines (2 inch trunks) like this which I am very interested in.

  3. In regards to the pines with embedded wire, is the wire eventually removed after it ‘cuts in’ or is the wire left to be consumed by the thickening pine? Thanks.

  4. The wire is left there. It does not hurt the tree, and the tree just grows around it and continues growing. It grafts together and eventually one will never know there is a wire in there. The wire constricts the growth and makes the tissue swell as it is interrupted by the wire.

  5. How does one get in touch with Ed Clark to get some trees?

  6. I think I’ve read about that wire technique used on those pines. I’m wondering if that would work on junipers with similar results. I’m guessing the wire cutting in would start making interesting shari around the trunk instead of making it swell. Do you have any experience with that, Al?

    • This works well with junipers also. The technique has been documented before on “World of Bonsai” from Lindsey Farr. The problem with junipers is that they are much….MUCH slower growing than black pines.

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