Tag Archives: trunk chop

Chinese Elm Bonsai Reboot: I’m sorry Paul….

Here’s a real beastie to tame….  Probably should have done what I’m about to do when I first got it (I reallydid cut it back a lot then, but not just enough. You’ll see) but one is sometimes awed … Continue reading

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A slightly neglected Chinese elm

This post begins inside and ends up outside. Opposite of the last post I guess. Must mean I’m making progress. Here’s the little tree. It a very modest Chinese elm. It began life a an s-curve and I chopped it. … Continue reading

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Some quick and harsh lessons from the Sunshine State.

Wow. I bet you’d like to own this tree. Good size, not a bad pot. It was styled by a pretty big name in the business too! Wanna buy it? No, you don’t. Why? Look close at that right branch. … Continue reading

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How about a dramatic chop? Will that interest you?

Warning: even though this is the middle of November, I want you to know I practiced the abuse you are about to witness a month ago, before my Louisiana trip. And, I must reiterate, I am in Florida, don’t do … Continue reading

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Total Willowleaf Ficus Drama!

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see..” Henry David Thoreau What are we looking at here? What do you see? I can already guess what the responses will be, I’m a psycho…..uh, I mean a … Continue reading

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Yeah, it’s another trunk chop, like butta!

Here’s an easy one for me, but maybe not so for you all. Exhibit A: Ficus salicaria, or willow leaf ficus to us non-Romans. Dave (you guys remember Dave, right?) won this tree on the raffle table at the last … Continue reading

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Trident Maple update

A quick update on the trident I chopped back in this post. It was funny the response I got from that entry. Some people were horrified and some people were ecstatic. Here’s how we left the tree. It tree looked … Continue reading

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