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15 years old Larch from seed

This Larch was grown by me from a seedling 15 years ago and it starts only to become a true bonsai. Last year it was put in a bonsai pot for the first time, slowing its growth rate and initiating its refinement phase. ...

February 27, 2023 · Philippe

Stage Jeker 2022 - Part 1

I had the opportunity to attend a two-days workshop with bonsai master François Jeker on November 4 and 6, organized by the Société de Bonsaï et de Penjing de Montréal. Here is the tree that I evolved under the supervision of Mr. Jeker, a collected larch that I had been growing since 2015. ...

November 12, 2022 · Philippe

A Larch from seedling to shohin after 12 years

This small Larch was purchased as a seedling from Yves Létourneau in 2010.It was always cultivated in containers. 12 years later it becomes a shohin with its first ceramics. Year after year changes are incremental, almost noticeable. Another layer of cambium becomes xylem, another branch bifurcation increases entropy. Fissures appear on the bark. 12 years to build a tree. This is only the beginning of its journey. ...

April 23, 2022 · Philippe

Pruning and wiring of a collected Larch

This old Larch was collected in a distant land and has know cold winters. I am his protector since 2015. This tree was initially parallel to the ground and it took two repottings to straighten the trunk and sever the roots that emerged halfway along the trunk. I now focus on the ramification and developing the apex. The uppermost branches will be changed into jin when the desired shape and development is achieved. ...

April 22, 2022 · Philippe

Wiring a larch

Spring is a good time to work on larches, as they tend be rather full when they wear their dense foliage. Here is the tree coming out of cold storage First I cut the trunk section above a small branch that I raised last year to become the new apex. A few branches were wired and the banch junctions are reduced to two. After styling The branch near the ground was grafted a few years ago to enlarge the nebari and will stay there as long as needed....

April 19, 2021 · Philippe