This is the story so far of an Acer Palmatum bonsai project that was started from collected seed in 2001. Not all of the seeds that I planted at this time, grew into strong healthy plants. Many were quite weak and died off within a year or two. This one proved to be a notable exception. I am now 13 years into this project and it’s still has a long way to go.It has, incidentally, spent all of its life in a pot.
The first picture, which shows the autumn colour quite well, was taken in 2004.
This is it again in 2011. It had been growing in this larger pot for a number of years, when this picture was taken
In the early spring of 2012 t was transferred into its first bonsai pot. I have taken a number of air layers from this tree over the years
Spring of 2013, the trunk has been chopped back and there are lots of new buds emerging that will form the new leader.
Spring of 2014, the new leader has grown well and the chop mark has been trimmed back to the new trunk line.
Winter 2014, another seasons growth has thickened the leader considerably. It has just been cut back to allow winter storage in the greenhouse
Before the end of this winter I will cut it back again at the spot indicated by the red line in the next picture, and the new leader will be formed from the tiny shoot indicated by the arrow.