Hi, everybody,

as promised, I would like to share some pictures of the repotting of my “DUTCH” Hawthorn yamadori. I collected it way back in ( will find out tomorrow)  in a dune forest close to the sea and not too far from where I live. It took me three seasons to downsize it to the height I wanted and all but a few branches were removed. So I created a blank canvas and basically had to hope for new buds to appear in just the right places to create the new branches with.

Now after all these years of working on the ramification, the tree is heading in the right direction. It will take another 4 to 5 years of growth and wiring to fill out the desired image, but the basic branch structure to work from is there already.

I hope you like this little story of this Hawthorn, the rest you can find soon on my website!

                                              Above: Collecting the tree.

Above: The tree is freed from the sandy soil, and now I am cutting the tree down to a more liftable size!

Above: A year later, The yellow arrow shows where I want my future apex to grow from.

Above: All the unwanted branches are removed or shortened. Only one original branch remains on the left middle side of the trunk!

Above: A few days ago. The larger roots were shortened. This is done with every repotting until the roots are in proportion with the base of the tree.

                                   Above: Carefully remove the old soil.

Above: My student Ed van der Reek is helping me to carefully work the fresh soil in between the roots.

Above: I am pleased with how this tree is progressing. There is still a lot of growing and work to be done, but it already looks promising.

Above: Close-up of the natural deadwood. This tree has come far in just a short time and I can’t wait to see how it looks in 5 years?! I love this hobby! 🙂

I hope you like where this pre-bonsai is going?!

Hans van Meer.




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