Trident Maple Bonsai Progression Series

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Trident Maple

March 2008: I repotted the bonsai into a new rectangular pot from Erin Bonsai. The roots were cleaned of the old organic soil and root-pruned hard. As can be seen above, I have placed the tree to show its new front and the tree has been fully styled and wired.

Trident Maple

An image of the author standing alongside the bonsai in its new pot. As can be seen, it is an impressive size!

Trident Maple

June 2008: 3 months later and the bonsai in full leaf and in vigorous health.

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June 2008: the tree seen from the left-side. Notice the thick root that had to be severely shortened 3 months previously to accommodate the tree into the pot in its new position (see below: this root previously grew towards the right)

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Though the work carried out on this tree has been relatively minimal, when you compare the bonsai in August 2007 and June 2009 its appearance has still improved greatly.

Notice how I have avoided trying to create 'pads' or 'clouds' of foliage. I have also subtly altered the silhouette of the tree creating a more mature rounded shape and a wider crown. These techniques create the illusion of an actual tree in nature. The improved health and vibrancy of the leaves is also obvious; this is simply due to switching to a good quality bonsai soil and fertilizing.

 

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April 2009: The Trident bonsai with its new Spring leaves. Other than a simple pruning and light wiring during the Winter, no work has needed to be done on the tree.

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