Advanced Study Group
Posted on March 11th, 2011 at 10:30 am by admin

We’ve been lucky enough to find an instructor for those of us wanting to improve our bonsai quickly.  Tim Gardner out of the Charlotte area is working with us 4 times a year.  February 26, 2011 we met and repotted several trees.  Some challenges were met with some pretty innovative thinking when a Ponderosa came out of the pot with a rootball that couldn’t (physically) support the tree.  After locating some large screws/bolts, some lumber, and a mica pot, the tree was firmly in place with its best chance of thriving.  I look forward to the progress.
There was a Japanese Beech forest repotted that ended up looking pretty impressive, and a trident chunk (lowest 2-3″ of a thick trunk) was repotted and Tim led a demonstration on root grafting.  A more thorough account of the root grafting can be seen @ http://bonsaistudygroup.com/advanced-grafting-discussion/root-grafting-on-trident/

Looking up @ the first root graft

Looking up @ the first root graft

Looking up @ the first root graft

For more info, get in touch.  We currently have space for a few more people, and you’re sure to learn something.