This project is 6 years in the making, 8 if you go all the way back to when I collected the tree in 2013. I grafted it with itoigawa in 2014, and finally had the confidence to separate it in March of 2020.
And now we’re current. I repotted the tree after 4 years.
I had previously removed the field soil from the front half of the tree, and the roots were growing well into the bonsai soil, so I didn’t disturb that area too much:
And now it was time to remove the remaining field soil from the back half of the tree:
Notice the difference in condition? Doing half at a time keeps the relatively recently collected tree strong.
Now it’s in all bonsai soil. I changed the planting angle just a little in preparation for styling the tree to move to the right, and accentuate the live vein and movement of the base.
Next up, the graft. It’s had 6 years, and it’s clearly attached in places. It has grown well, and each year, I reduced the live vein connecting the Itoigawa to its original roots:
Time to cut ties…
For now, I’ll keep the other trunk’s graft attached. Although, it seems to have taken.
This will provide more styling options later.
So, here it is for now: