Bonsai Trees beginners guide to Cork bark Arakawa Maple bonsai.
This old Cork Bark Arakawa Maple was acquired in April 2014.
See below for the summary of its history and progression.
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History and progression since April 2014, Including some photos and video clips from the past..
The previous owner had it for forty years. It dad not been re potted for in the previous twenty years. It was in good Brian Allbright pot, which was broken with the force of the roots. The pot was held together by thick bonsai wire. The root growth was such that as they had no where to go, they pushed up wards creating a large mound of roots above the pot and also rising upwards and swallowing some of the trunk.
The tree had been badly neglected and the canopy was 36 inches (91.5 CM) wide. The first task we tackled was to reduce the canopy and found many dead branches which were removed and created a much lighter and smaller canopy resulting in light getting to the lower branches. We then did a temporary repotting in a deep round mica pot, with no root work done at that time. In both these tasks we had called on Harry Harrington who kindly dealt these for us.
The canopy was pruned to keep it in check in the following year. Two years later in May 2016 we finally tackled the task of repotting it. It took two of us five hours to work the roots and gradually reduce the root ball to size which the new shallow pot would be able to accommodate.
As the roots of this tree were in a bad state, we did the best we could and remove some very large and thick roots. It will take a few years to get root structure right.
In this video I have included the original photos taken in April 2014 when the tree was acquired as well as some of the clips after following the fist canopy reduction and temporary re potting.