Itoigawa Refinement

This one has been one of my favorite trees, but it’s rather unassuming in the bench. I initially styled it with Peter Warren in 2011…a flash through the last 8 years in a few snaps…

2010, as purchased from Evergreen Gardenworks:

2011, first major styling:

2012, a slight change in direction:

2014, 2nd major styling:

2015, full year of growth:

2016, lightly trimmed, but otherwise allowed to grow:

2017, repotted, lightly trimmed in the summer, 2014 wires removed:

Which brings us to now…Here is a shot from spring 2018.

and the work begins…Scrubbed trunk and deadwood:

Lightly pruned:

Wiring started:

Continuing to the “H Shot”

And complete…

Some moss, cleaning up the undersides of the branches, and a little minor tweaking and it is ready for show.

One last parting shot…

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Itoigawa cleanup

Well, I’d been putting off this chore far too long.  After repotting it into a slightly undersized container, I wanted it to regain some strength before unwiring and pruning it back, but it was a balancing act between pushing it too far and just right.  June 11 was the day, carefully unwired the buried wires, and pruned it back.

Before:


Wires digging in are carefully removed with wire cutters and thumbnails to minimize the bark pulling away from the wood:


And finally, after this much is removed:


It should be set for the rest of the growing season, and ready to be wired in the winter:

Itoigawa repot

This itoigawa was grown out for years in a 2-gallon can, and I’ve been reducing the root mass since 2011.  This will be its 3rd bonsai pot, and maybe I’ve pushed it too far…? 

Current, production-grade Yamaaki; 11×3″

Last of the nursery soil is removed:

Tight squeeze…

10 1/4″ wide and 1 7/8″ deep Hokido container from a tokoname potter that fired pots from about 1979-1990.


With the canopy thinned out in a few weeks, it should appear less top-heavy.