This amazing windswept tree belongs to my best mate in Bonsai Terry Foster. It has been planted on a rock for a number of years but Terry was never happy with the composition. Terry has access to some wonderful pieces of wavy rock that he collected on his travels. The new piece was more suited to the final image that Terry wanted.
Terry had prepared the rock by drilling a large hole in the base, and placing brass screws to secure tie wires to.
The whole project took 2 hours. The photos tell the story
The tree has undergone two wiring, the second one today. Its been a process of building strength in the tree, developing branches and creating a dense foliage mass. I guess that it will be at least two more years before the tree is anywhere near showing. I have a lovely Gordon Duffet pot ready for the tree when it is potted next April/May.
Yew are one of the best species for creating bonsai, they have beautiful hard deadwood, lush evergreen foliage and beautiful red live veins. In these three videos I explains how he builds branch structure and creates dense foliage clouds.
Here are some of the images from the videos, Click on the video links below to watch the movies.
I have been using this technique now for over ten years and I have finally decided to share what I have learned. The technique is known as ‘sweating’ and is used extensively in arboretorial circles. I use for the following species: Cratageus, Prunus, and most of the Rosaceae family, do not use on evergreen species.
I collect trees with as much root as possible, but I have put roots on trees that have not had any.
Follow this procedure and your success rate in establishing your freshly collected yamadori will improve immeasurably.
Collect as much root as possible
Clear as much mountain soil but do not wash the roots
Use the soil mix as shown below
Clean cut the major roots as close to the trunk without spoiling the nebari
Place the tree in the smallest container possible
Ensure that the tree is well packed in the container
Wire the tree securely in the pot
Make sure that the cut branches are clean and NOT SEALED
Saturate the soil
Pile fresh sphagnum moss on the surface of the container
Wrap the whole tree in a VERY large black plastic bag
Place in a sunny position as the tree MUST GET HOT
Humidity in the bag must be high at all times, mist spray daily
After two or three weeks new buds will appear particularly around the cuts
Ensure that they do not touch the sides of the bag.
When the new shoots reach 5cm or 2” remove from the bag and protect from cold and wind, mist spray daily and keep out of direct sunlight.
Keep watch for the new shoots hardening off, then you can feed with a very diluted solution; do not work the tree for the first 12 months.
Good luck, please do not copy these photos or the text, and share the link freely.