It’s now some 10 months since the final replace on this bonsai group or forest planting. The forest planting is a renovation undertaking from a Zelkova serrata ‘city rubi’ forest I acquired in early December 2020, so successfully, a yr in the past now.
After I bought it, it was in a poor state:
After working it over winter, I left the tree for spring. Nevertheless, I saved taking a look at it and felt the right-hand of the planting was too naked. So I appeared by way of the timber that have been left over from the unique planting, and determined so as to add two extra. I felt the planting was extra balanced and as soon as once more, put the forest on the bench, ready for spring to reach.
When spring arrived, I used to be blissful to see loads of life left within the timber. Everywhere in the forest bud began to swell and the primary leaves arrived quickly after. Sadly, the second tree from the appropriate didn’t push leaves. Because the bark was shiny, I used to be not too involved: It was clearly not lifeless.
Nevertheless, we went from early spring to late spring and nonetheless no leaves! Pondering of a little bit trick Yamadori collectors use, I made a decision to place a transparent plastic bag over the tree, which took a little bit of fidgeting, avoiding damaging the opposite timber. Each time I watered the forest, I put the hose within the upside-down bag, and soaked the tree. After some 6 weeks of treating the tree like this, by late June this final tree began to develop too! This was proper across the time that the preliminary wiring was faraway from the timber. By august the forest was trimmed for the primary time (Aside from the struggling tree).
With summer season passing into fall, and onwards to winter, leaves began to drop, revealing the forest after one season of restoration development. While you research the photographs rigorously, you may inform that I’ve additionally began to shave off a number of the lumps on the trunks. If I can, I wish to keep away from making huge cuts. However we’ll see how this develops. Progress this yr has not been explosive, however that was anticipated: I absolutely anticipate the pot to be stuffed with new roots now, able to create an enormous push in 2022. For now, the forest is ready for spring. Late winter will see a trim and light-weight wire.