Chinese Elm

by Matthew
(Ocala, Florida, USA)


Here is a Chinese Elm that I bought from a local bonsai nursery. It is just starting to bud, so it was time to root prune and pot the tree. I also pruned the tree to ONLY keep the branches that I know I will keep.
I love the s shaped curve of the trunk!
I'm not really sure what I will do with the top of the tree. I may try to develop the existing branches to build an apex. I might cut the tree down a bit and build the apex from scratch.
This is in an 8 inch unglazed chinese pot.
Unfortunately, the moss is covering a nice root flare on the left side of the tree. The moss is there to help the tree retain moisture as it grows into this new pot.

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Feb 20, 2011
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yeah well..
by: Anonymous

good start...you might want to stick to the principles on this one...mostly typical imports from China look like this one...They even named it Karate Kid Bonsai because of that S shape... to have a more intricate look...the longest should be the last branch, as you go up lesser the length of the branches, Since this is a Chinese bonsai do it by cut and grow, if one new shoot grows , immediately cut it leaving only one new leaf pair, By doing this it would actually look natural...

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