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Akio Kondo bonsai critical

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meeting Bay Island Bonsai this month presented a critique by Akio Kondo. Members brought Kondo trees and provide guidance on topics ranging from care to styling to show. Here are some highlights of the event.

Western juniper

Western juniper

Kondo appreciates the thinness of the two trunks, and likes the shorter trunk was thinner than the longest. He found a little dense foliage at the top of the tree, but nothing that minor trimming could not cope. He liked the size and shape of the pot, but a container for quality exhibits is recommended.

Itoigawa shimpaku

Shimpaku

Kondo’s first comment about the previous Shimpaku was having a lot of branches. Usually trees, he said, collected not have many branches, and a greater number of branches are more characteristic of younger trees. It was then suggested that a small branch growing from the inside of a curve in the trunk be eliminated. With a few exceptions, he found branches to be thin in relation to the trunk – a much easier problem to solve than their opposites: branches that are too thick. He suggested a slightly smaller pot in a similar style would be a good fit for the tree.

Shimpaku

Shimpaku

Kondo had less to say about the small Shimpaku above as it had just connect. He suggested that the opening of the shari a bit and then he and Boon consider shortening jin. Boon took out a piece of paper in front of the portions of jin so we could get a better idea of ​​what the tree would look like with varying amounts of jin.

Akio and Boon ponder juniper jin

length reflects jin

Kondo peeked inside the foliage black pine down and noted and 5 branches emerged from the same point at the top trunk. He suggested removing 1 or 2 of these. His recommendation for one, slimmer and slightly smaller

oval pot.

Black pine

pine Black

Many of us were happy to watch a refined bougainvillea in critical – so much so that Kondo offered to buy the tree and bring it back to Japan. He suggested eliminating one of the four branches that emerged from a congested section of the trunk, and said another branch that could be removed and replaced by the branch above it. Although encouraged him to cut these branches in the act, Kondo demurred with a smile and left this for the owner of the tree. He found the pot size and color that are appropriate.

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Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea

Procumbens juniper

Procumbens juniper

Kondo praised immediately above the procumbens juniper for large transport age. He suggested opening additional shari along the trunk – not near the end, but along the middle of the trunk. Had two suggestions for the boat – the same size and shape, but smaller a little, or maybe a dark

nanban

Sierra juniper

Sierra juniper

. Kondo placed a 2 x 4 in below the right edge of the Sierra juniper side, because he liked the trunk move slightly to the left. When asked if he thought the tree would point to the left or right, he suggested that one way or another might work.

Kondo also had comments to some of my trees. It started with my carpe Korea.

Korean hornbeam

Korean carpe

Pot – too small. Kondo thought for a deeper blue or “white” oval – white being the Japanese term to describe use old pots that were once white but now much darker – would be appropriate. Health – weak. Weak? Kondo hinted that similar trees in Japan are much more vigorous. Mine is a little off, as is recovering from defoliation summer. Then Kondo mentioned tips pots had not heard before. He suggested transplanting the tree every two years – a bit more than what I’m used to the roots tend to develop slowly – and completely naked rooting every 10 years. The idea is that the carpe giving a little push and plenty of fresh earth keeps the vigor with time.

Ilex vomitoria

Yaupon holly

did not see Kondo’s comment on my holly come at all. It was thought that the shape and style was fine, but the graft of all new branches is recommended – from female specimen . The male trees commonly develop thick trunks but no fruit, while the female plants offer great fruit, but rarely develop thick trunks. It is an interesting suggestion -. Now I am in search of female ilex vomitoria

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Red pine forest

Red

pine

“omoshiroi” Kondo said. Like his Kohai, or apprentice under Daisaku Nomoto said when he saw that the tree last winter. Kondo does not have any suggestions for the branches, noting that the tree has more than a Chinese character that a Japanese character. He thought a narrow pot, but very long would be an interesting option. I wanted especially to see the space beneath the long branches on the right side of the tree. His second suggestion was planting the trees in a long slab. Now I’m looking for one of them.

Shore pine

Shore pine

My pine shore proved more difficult to Kondo. He found the needle size to be too large for the size of the tree. If the tree were another eight inches taller, the relationship would be fine. As it is, I’ll have to see what I can do to reduce the size of the needle. shore pine training is like training white pine, so I’ll go easy on the water and fertilizer and see what happens.

This article was originally published on bonsaitonight.com

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