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Creating a Black Birch forest

I sowed those Black Birch seedlings two years ago. Since I did not know what to do with them, I decided to have fun and created a new forest! ...

May 1, 2023 · Philippe

Repotting Ginkgo biloba seedlings

I started those Ginkgo biloba seedlings about 4 years ago. After only two years the pot is root-bound and I had to repot. ...

May 1, 2023 · Philippe

Repotting a crabapple

This Crabapple was created from a small cutting a few years ago. After two years in its training pot it really needed a repot because of draining issues. I decided to offer this tree its very first bonsai pot. ...

April 22, 2023 · Philippe

Wiring Hallucigenia

I named that Mountain Maple in a raft style “Hallucigenia”. This strange name refers to a worm living in the Cambrian seas 500 millions years ago that had multiple legs and spines. Collected in spring 2022, I carve the main trunk to start its healing and wire out the main leaders from this mess. ...

April 22, 2023 · Philippe

Repotting a prunus

I styled and repotted this prunus. The previous owner did not remember if it was an almond tree or a Japanese apricot. We will have to wait for its blooms to know. I repotted the tree in the same pot since water was not draining well anymore even if the container size is appropriate. ...

April 22, 2023 · Philippe

A wooden box for my American Beech

Even though I repotted this American Beech only one year ago, I opted for a repot again this spring because of the following reasons. ...

April 2, 2023 · Philippe

Japanese Black Pines in colanders

This is the first time that I venture into the colanders experiment as a container. They should stimulate growth while preventing roots from spiraling around the pot. Let’s meet in two years to evaluate the results! ...

March 31, 2023 · Philippe

Grafting and air-layering a Japanese Maple

I experiment with this Japanese Maple ‘Tamukeyama’ since 2015. The nebari is already fractal but the branching structure still needs to be built. This spring 2023 I grafted two new branches mid-way along the trunk and air-layered the top half to compact the tree. ...

March 28, 2023 · Philippe

Grafting branches on a Magnolia

On this Magnolia x loebneri ‘Leonard Messel’ I tried two self-grafting methods: approach grafting and thread grafting. I also wired the tree and cut two roots that grew above the nebari within the pot. ...

March 28, 2023 · Philippe

Adding movement to young Japanese Black Pines from seeds

I sowed those Japanese Black Pines 5 or 6 years ago. I am not in a hurry and did not push their growth using large pots or overfertilization. What they do not show in caliber, they bear in character and ramification. ...

March 19, 2023 · Philippe