Picea glauca var. albertiana 'Conica'/Alberta Spruce Bonsai Styling

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Picea glauca var. albertiana 'Conica'/Alberta Spruce

September 20 2006: With the two main trees in the group planting completed, a further 5 trees were purchased.

Picea glauca var. albertiana 'Conica'/Alberta Spruce

Each of the smaller trees were pruned to reflect the same dimensions of the two main trees. These trees were intended to be placed in the background of the planting as though seen in the distance; for this image to work, the scale of all of the trees in the group had to be equal and so the trunks were carefully pruned to the same ratio of 10:1.

Picea glauca var. albertiana 'Conica'/Alberta Spruce

Finally, the five 'background' trees were wired and roughly styled before being added to the group planting. Pruning severely, wiring and potting up over the course of a few days is very stressful to trees of all species; Picea glauca are very tough in my experience but these trees will require some protection from any extremes of the weather for a few weeks until they recover. It is recommended to divide up this amount of work over the course of one or even two years to ensure your tree remain in good health.

Picea glauca var. albertiana 'Conica'/Alberta Spruce

September 23 2006: After a few days of tidying and lime sulphuring the deadwood, rearranging the branch placement of the trees and adding some moss and stone, the group planting is finished for the time being.

While I had originally planned to add 5 background trees for a 7-tree group planting, when it came to planting up the group, I found that a total of just 5 trees made a cleaner and less cluttered design.

The height of the tallest tree is 19"/47cm; the pot by Erin Pottery is 22"/54cm wide.

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