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Buttonwood Bonsai in Florida (Cont.)

So here are the pictures from this year (09). When the Buttonwood came out of the pot I got a real complement from an old-timer. He took one look at the roots and said, “I’m changing my soil.”

BW Roots FL

It is easy to to see the larger roots in the picture, but if you know buttonwoods, the white areas are just a fine mat of white roots. One student said he had never seen so many roots on his buttonwood. It is easier to convince people about my soil-mix when they see it.

The picture below is after cut back. There was no styling this time. Even though this tree was exhibited at the EPCOT Center in Orland, FL, it is still a tree in development. It was cut back this way to encourage bud-back and to quicken ramification.

BW 4th year FL

Florida Bonsai Tour

I teach several study groups in  Florida a few times a year.  Here are some of the trees that we worked on.

ficus before

ficus before

We made major cuts and shortened larger branches last year, then bare-rooted and repoted it.  This is how it looks before another major work.

after major branches pruning and repot

after major branches pruning and repot

We cut off  more branches and then repoted it again to try to encourage more roots for better nebari.

Martha and her Australian pine

Martha and her Australian pine

Australian Pine (Casuarina equisetifolia)

willow leaf ficus and Dorothy

willow leaf ficus and Dorothy

This tree is grown from cutting over 20 year ago

after pruning

after pruning

after pruning large branches

repot

repot

after cutting tangel roots from the bottom

after cutting tangel roots from the bottom


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