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Club Dig for Bonsai: Page Two

by Dave Glazewski

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Once back home, it was time to pot up the newly collected trees.
This is a Hornbeam that came from a swampy area of the field. Because of the lack of oxygen lower down in the wet clay soil, all the roots were living in the forest mulch on top of the clay. This tree didn't require digging at all, I just had to cut the roots and pick it up.

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Once the soil was washed off, you could see
the mass of fine roots that the Hornbeam had

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Here's a picture of the Hornbeam in its pot in the shade behind the shed. At a previous meeting at my club, guest speaker Jim Doyle of Nature's Way Nursery told us to help promote budding he wraps the whole trunk in sphagnum moss and soaks the moss with Superthrive and KLN (which is a rooting hormone) and then keeps the moss moist. The guys at the dig said they should pop buds out very soon and this was only necessary for trees that were collected later in the season.

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Apple #1

Once the clay was washed off the roots, you can see where I had to cut a heavy tap root, forunately there are plenty of fine roots around the nebari to sustain the tree.

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Apple #2 didn't have as many roots as #1 and the nebari will need development but I liked the movement of the trunk.

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