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Privet Multi Trunk Bonsai

February 2012 continued: After several hours work over the course of a day, the Privet was successfully repotted.

Privet Multi Trunk Bonsai

February 2012: What then remained to do was to chop the trunks to a height proportionate to their diameter (so that thickest trunks were also tallest). The branches were then pruned back hard to encourage strong budding during the coming Spring.

The Privet was then encouraged to grow as strongly as possible throughout the growing season of 2012. The tree was fed heavily with solid, slow-release fertilizers as well as liquid feeds, given plenty of light and water, and only new shoots in the apex were pruned (to stop them becoming too coarse and thick).

Privet Multi Trunk Bonsai

January 2013: After further styling, almost a year later. The bonsai had responded well to the work of early 2012 and a great number of new shoots appeared that were used to help develop the new branch structure of the tree.

My principal goal during this second styling was to address the trunk-chops of the previous February, and to introduce some 'distance' or gaps between some of the trunks as well as some taper.

carving trunk taper bonsai

Comparing the two images (February 2012-January 2013), it is possible to see where I had removed a large trunk on the left hand side of the bonsai. The chops on all of the tunks were dressed to give a more natural appearance of old tapered trunk-tops.

Finally, I had 'carved taper' into a number of the trunks by creating shari (deadwood) at the back and/or sides of the trunks. This had allowed me to make the trunks taper slightly and create some distance between two biggest trunks, on the right hand side of the bonsai.

Privet Multi Trunk Bonsai

May 2013: Four months later and the Privet bonsai was planted into a slightly smaller and more appropriate training container, just as the new buds begin to extend in mid-spring.

Privet Multi Trunk Bonsai

May 2013: A view of the back of the Privet multi-trunk reveals further, how I had 'carved taper' into the previously straight trunks, by creating shari/deadwood features. In some cases, only a fraction of the circumference of the trunk remained, in my effort to create taper.

 

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