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I recently added a new tree in my collection – A mountain hemlock. I have not worked with the variety before, so I have a lot to learn ahead of me.
hemlock Mountain – Tsuga mertensiana
My first goal for the tree is the development of a healthy root base. To do this, I will lay bare half of the tree root and enter the roots exposed to bonsai soil. Transplant start by finding surface roots.
Hemlock – out of the pot
I’m lucky – large surface roots are sitting just below the soil line. The roots are not perfect, but they are healthy and abundant.
After locating surface roots, I removed all the floor of the front half of the root ball. As I worked, I found two large roots that had been cut and from healed.
to promote the development of the new root, I cut the corn in one of the roots. I will do the same with the other root the next time you repot.
As no large roots, I was able to fit the bonsai tree in a large pot. That’s how I prepared the cables.
Pot ready to go
large surface roots of the tree made tie the tree in the boat a breeze. Here you can see that the root protected with a belt of the car – a stick to keep the rope from slipping closer to the trunk
belt Automotive protects the root
seeing the tree in a pot of bonsai made me excited about the future of the tree -. Especially the deadwood near the base of the trunk
Hemlock – Full transplantation
Although dead wood here is something unusual, training is not uncommon among the hemlock bonsai.
Deadwood near the trunk
From what I can tell, hemlock bonsai is becoming increasingly popular these days. I hope – I think it’s an attractive variety. For more fun hemlock, curiously titled subsequent visit Michael Hagedorn, “Mountain Hemlock in levitated Board of nylon.”
This article was originally published on bonsaitonight.com