Bonsai Experiment

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Bonsai Experiment

Post by Matt Markworth » Sat Apr 20, 2013 6:25 pm

Hi All,

My neighbor has a Silver Maple and the helicopters really fly. I let some seedlings grow in a mulched area in my backyard and have used some of them (152 to be exact) for a Bonsai experiment.
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Re: Bonsai Experiment

Post by Joe » Sun Apr 21, 2013 5:55 am

I don't know much about bonsai, but I like what you've created. I've always like the foliage of silver maple, if not the tree itself. I'l'l be interesting to see how it develops.
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Re: Bonsai Experiment

Post by mdvaden » Sun Apr 21, 2013 9:52 am

I can imagine where you are headed with this.

Like the concept.

Would like to see the stages of development ... and I'm sure you will be photographing.

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Re: Bonsai Experiment

Post by edfrank » Sun Apr 21, 2013 2:09 pm

Matt,

I am intrigued by your experiment. I wonder of these small shoots will graft themselves together , or whether or not most of them will simply die off. Silver maples do commonly form fused stem multitrunk specimens, so I wonder if there is a minimum age for the process to begin.

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Re: Bonsai Experiment

Post by Matt Markworth » Sat May 17, 2014 8:32 pm

Joe - Thanks, I really like silver maple leaves as well.

Mario - Thanks, I'll photograph it at least once a year.

Ed - Out of the 152 seedlings, 33 remain alive and are producing leaves. There are only a few that have noticeably larger girth compared to a year ago. There's no evidence of grafting, but it'll be interesting to see if that develops over time.
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Re: Bonsai Experiment

Post by mdvaden » Sat May 17, 2014 11:54 pm

Nice.

And spruce in the background?

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Re: Bonsai Experiment

Post by Matt Markworth » Sun May 18, 2014 8:16 am

mdvaden wrote:Nice.

And spruce in the background?

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Re: Bonsai Experiment

Post by Will Blozan » Sun May 18, 2014 9:09 am

Matt,

Are you root pruning as well?

Pretty cool!

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Re: Bonsai Experiment

Post by Rand » Sun May 18, 2014 9:14 am

You plan on doing all the pruning and training with wires to make it look official or are you just kinda going to let it go?

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Re: Bonsai Experiment

Post by Matt Markworth » Sun May 18, 2014 1:48 pm

Will, Rand,

I haven't done any root pruning or training, other than tying a silver maple stem around the middle. I think I'll let it go for a couple years, and then use some wires to try to imitate a big, spreading open-grown silver maple.

Matt

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