trident maple bonsai carl morrow

Evolving tree; Evolving thought

Carl, using his very recognizable Chinese maple as reference, for his debut article on Bonsai Tree tackles a very difficult topic that all of us must face sooner or later; how we deal with the reality of our skills as artists improving, and how we apply {if at all} this new knowledge to trees which have been in our care for some time.
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Two novel approaches to developing Trident Maple bonsai, Technique 2

In this 2nd of two novel techniques for developing Trident maple bonsai, or any other easy-to-fuse species, I will show you how you can rapidly grow a powerful trunk with dramatic taper in less than 5 years from young material.
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Two novel approaches to developing Trident Maple bonsai, Technique 1

Chinese or Trident Maples are very obliging bonsai subjects. In this first of two blog post I will share two methods which will assist you in developing better deciduous trees in less time than many of the conventional methods which are commonly founds in books and on the internet.
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Root over Rock Chinese Maple: A critical analysis

Root over Rock Chinese Maple: A critical analysis

In this blog post we study a wonderful example of the root over rock style in bonsai. The species used is the Trident Maple which is ideal for this style due to its growing character. Lets take a closer look at this tree and analyze the many features which make this specimen so particularly attractive.
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Naked Tridents - in all their glory

Trident Maples make superb bonsai subjects and in this post we take a look at a number of wonderful examples I encountered on my March 2016 trip to Japan. Although not so much emphasis in placed on the text this time you can learn much from simply looking at the pictures. 

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Creating the canopy of a bonsai tree

Creating the canopy of a bonsai tree

Creating bonsai structure in bonsai is probably one of the most misunderstood yet most written about concepts or ideas. Getting it wrong leads to stylized bonsai which resemble nothing you will find in nature and often leaves the viewer feeling uneasy. Getting it right however produces trees of great beauty and evokes all sort of positive emotions when viewed, especially in winter.

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2nd Defoliation of a Chinese Maple

A few weeks ago I defoliated this maple and it was featured in a blog post on this site along with some other Chinese maples. It has now recovered and so we are able to defoliate once again and work on the tree some more.

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How to repot your bonsai

This is the last in the blog series on repotting bonsai trees. In this post we will go through the steps of repotting your tree. Using a series of images with accompanied explanations and tips mixed into the mix, you should be able to repot your tree with confidence.

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repotting bonsai trees

Some final tips for winter

In this blog post we cover some of the last minute tasks I would recommend for the tail end of winter. These are the tasks covered: Appropriate pruning, weeding before its too late, too much moss, select trees for repotting and preventative plant protection.

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Approach grafting revisited

Earlier this season I did quite a number of approach grafts on trident maples and hackberries I have in development. Unlike thread grafts, approach grafts can pretty much be done throughout the growing season which suits me fine as early spring, when thread grafts must be done is way too busy generally.

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