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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.





A Passion for Small Trees.   2 comments

I started working on smaller trees around 1990. At that time I had kids at home and bills to pay. There was not much money left for things like good bonsai material. To purchase the kind of material I wanted would mean spending hundreds and hundreds of dollars for one tree. I found out that I could look for interesting material with 1 inch trunks that would show well and mature in a shohin size. A tree with a pone inch trunk that is 16 inches tall looks like a sapling, but a tree with a one inch trunk six inches tall looks like a mature rugged tree.

During this time I began buying better smaller junipers in the hopes of making a better shohin sized tree. In the size I was looking for I could get a pretty good specimen for under 50.00 bucks, and this fit my budget much better. I had to learn ghow to do everything I had learned on a much smaller scale. About this same time, I was introduced to trident maples. I was not much of a maple person as I had tried several species of Japanese maples over the years. My first experience with trident was very rewarding and I have kept many since.







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