Privet/Ligustrum ovalifolium Bonsai Raft Progression Series

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August 2008: For the next 18 months the bonsai was fed strongly to promote vigorous growth allowing me to repeatedly prune and defoliate the branches. This quickly increased ramification or density of the canopy..

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August 2008: Side view

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The base of the bonsai had rotted while still in the ground and is hollow. Just after collection in 2004 all of the soft pulpy wood was carefully removed with a circular brush fitted to a Dremel and the remaining deadwood repeatedly treated with wood hardener to protect it from further rotting.

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December 2008: After the first heavy frosts of the year I defoliated, pruned and wired the bonsai. The tree was also slipped into a slightly larger landscape pot.

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December 2008: Side view

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December 2008: Back View

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