Pemphis acidula Bonsai Branch Removal

Correcting a Problematic Tree by Leo N. de Leon

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Pemphis acidula Branch Removal

Side D

A major decision has to be made to solve the problem and we are given two choices. 1. a large portion of the left trunk is to be cut. 2. We can carve the overlapping trunk and make it into a jin, so that it will blend with existing deadwood or we can shari the lower portion of the trunk.

Pemphis acidula Branch Removal

 

It is worth mentioning that I waited two years after collection before the initial work was carried out. The first year was dedicated to intensive feeding and root development. I decided to repot it after the first year to firstly check on the development of the roots and secondly to change the medium from sandy to coarse volcanic cinders. Then another year of aggressive feeding follows. Now that I am satisfied with its vigor, I commence work.

Pemphis acidula Branch Removal

In order to correct the problem, I have decided to cut the portion of the left trunk that grew towards the right and crossed over the other trunk.
After cutting off the unwanted portion, we are left with a large wound of about 3.5 inches in diameter as shown in the picture above.


Pemphis acidula Branch Removal

With such a big cut as this one, an ugly scar is left. In order to make it look natural and pleasant to look at, I used a power tool to carve and shape it.

Pemphis acidula Branch Removal

After carving

Pemphis acidula Branch Removal

More carving work was done on some other dead branches on the tree.

Pemphis acidula Branch Removal

Side D after the cut

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Pemphis acidula Branch Removal

These final images show a clearer view of the trunk and its movement and flow after pruning the unwanted branches and twigs. From now on, for up to maybe 3 years, I shall concentrate on growing these branches before I continue to wire and style the tree.
In the words of the late Master John Naka “If you encounter a problematic branch, just cut it off. And if you still have a problem afterwards, then you really do have a problem!”

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