Yes, it is.
Let me show you.
It’s boring. It was styled in a time when bonsai trees were taller. The vaunted 6:1 ratio that the bonsai elite quote as canon was not, just a short 20-30 years ago, the paradigm. Instead of quick taper and the fat, grotesque trunks in style today, bonsai artists grew tall, thin, elegant trees. Has the bonsai aesthetic changed so much? No, not really.
Here, Let me introduce you to the blog of Michael Hagedorn crataegus.com. He has the requisite short trees but, if you watch the video shot by Bonsaiempire.com you’ll be very surprised by the height of some of his works. And what’s funny, is that I wrote the part about tall elegant trees before I watched the video. I do, after all, read Michael’s blog and am familiar with his trees.
Another artist, Peter Warren, is developing an aesthetic along the same ideas. His website is saruyama.co.uk but his Blog, and all its random, stream of consciousness prose, is his real achievement. He’s a Brit, and that makes a difference.
What does this all have to do with our ugly podocarpus?
I’m keeping it tall.
But why did I call it boring if I wasn’t going to trunk chop it?
And what’s with the title? What’s gonna happen to this poor tree? Well, I first need to find the front, cuz the one we have now just ain’t gonna work. And then to the operation.
This front is kinda dynamic. It breaks a few rules.
The root on the right is crossing over the front. It could work but the top of the tree doesn’t support the design if I use it. A tree should lean towards the viewer when viewed from the front and I’d have to bury most of those roots if it was the front.
This side is just awkward.
It looks a bit like a Pokemon.
They were doing some serious bonsai. Here’s Reggie bending a buttonwood cascade.
There’s some serious force being applied there, he’s a chiropractor by trade.
I only got this far at Reggie’s place, I was talking too much.
Basically, I trimmed back the foliage in the same way as the last podocarpus post, Podocarpus? Podo-crazy! And I jinned all the branches on the left side. Let’s retire to my nursery, I’ve had enough company.
A roto-saw on my die grinder.
……. I think I need to move it in the pot. I think it’ll work, why? Cuz I’m a wizard……
a demon in disguise…
I know I’m a little early working the roots but the last three podos I’ve made pot adjustments to are thriving. I’m beginning to think that you can mess with their roots just like a tropical; by that I mean just as long as they are growing.
Here’s the before pic:
The tree looks precarious and damaged. Old. My goal, when showing it, is to have small, tight but sparse foliage to keep the tree looking like its teetering on the precipice of life and death.
I’ll apply some lime sulfur in a month or so (for that one guy who will ask about it). I like the carved edge of the cambium/bark to begin healing before I paint the lime sulfur on. And, truth be told, I couldn’t finish the beer. Pumpkin and stout and a big bottle like that does not make for easy drinking.