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Cedrus Deodara – Deodar Cedar

Within the mid 1990’s I had the chance to dig three Cedrus Deodara from a forest in Canberra. As a bonsai artist this was my first ever actual dig for doable bonsai masterpieces and I used to be very excited. Not that this tree is a masterpiece, nevertheless it did survive the dig and I’ve managed to maintain it alive since then.

This explicit tree was fairly tall and skinny and naturally leaned to 1 facet, and thus I made up my mind it ought to be within the slanting type. For a few years I struggled to discover a “look” that I loved and so this tree had numerous completely different pots, completely different wiring jobs and some differing cuts however nonetheless I couldn’t see the tree inside.

The look in 2007

The look in 2007

In 2010 I took this tree to a bonsai occasion titled “Bonsai by the Harbour” to hunt recommendation from fellow fanatics. Now this occasion is considered one of my favourite within the bonsai calendar, and I acquired numerous solutions and design concepts that I took away to consider. In June 2010 I lastly selected a brand new design and made a sketch to maintain me on monitor with the brand new design. I do know I can not draw however that is the sketch and it has saved me centered.

The June 2010 sketch

The June 2010 sketch

By the point I obtained round to engaged on this tree it was March 2011 and the foliage mass was so heavy it was pulling the roots out of the pot.


In urgent need of work

In pressing want of labor

The above photograph was taken on 7 March 2011 and over the following week I put it into an emergency re-pot and gave it an excellent trim, according to the proposed new look.

After the re-pot and first trim.

After the re-pot and first trim.

The re-pot was wanted to face it as much as a extra upright place, and likewise to avoid wasting any harm being completed the roots. This above photograph was taken on 15 March and when you look actually intently you may see a bit of frog peering out from beneath the pot.

OK, a closer look at the frog!

OK, a better take a look at the frog!

About two weeks later it obtained an extra trim and a few wire to set the branches into place. The tree was then put away to get well for about 16 months when it was positioned right into a extra appropriate bonsai pot.

Photo 27 March 2011

Photograph 27 March 2011

By January 2013 this tree had actually grown on nicely and was prepared for the following stage in its development.

Photo 20 January 2013

Photograph 20 January 2013

The tree is lastly beginning to look a bit like that tough sketch I did some years in the past, though I’m nonetheless undecided which is one of the best entrance, and that’s most likely why its in a spherical pot!

Photo 28 January 2013

Photograph 28 January 2013

 I’ll proceed to refine this bonsai over the approaching years and I’ll search for an acceptable pot to accommodate it, most likely a handcrafted pot by an Australian potter.



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