Air Layered Shohin Hawthorn

The new seasons buds are beginning to swell on this shohin hawthorn, which I pruned and partially wired today.

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It started life as a shohin bonsai in 2011, when it was chopped back from a taller tree. The next picture was taken in the summer of 2011 shortly after this work had begun.

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In 2012 it was transplanted into a plastic training pot. It was then I realised that it had quite an unattractive root base.

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In the summer 2013, I decided to air layer it to try and improve the nebari.

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Although the top of the layer had calloused well, new roots were slow to form. In the spring of 2015, I removed the split pot to see what was there. The roots that had formed were quite disappointing and mainly on one side of the trunk. I decided to cut it off anyway and planted it deep in a clay training pot.

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It has been in this pot for almost a year now and although growth at the start of 2015 was slow and weak, by the end of the season it was looking much stronger. I will leave it for another season in the clay pot to stimulate more root growth and transfer it next season into a flat pot to develop the nebari.

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3 thoughts on “Air Layered Shohin Hawthorn

  1. Perhaps allow a sacrificial limb to grow out will encourage the root mass to develop too? I would think the roots should of developed more? A rooting stimulant or a soil it prefers to help get it established and growing again.

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