1/1/08 - Added some guy-wires to reposition the branches.
2/17/08 - Prepared a training pot for repotting with with a well draining soil mix.
Combed out and washed the organic soil from the root pad.
3/2/08 - Buds extending later than the other maples.
3/30/08 - Added a top layer of sphagnum to increase water retention.
4/20/08 - Huge amount of new growth in 20 days.
6/15/08 - Lot’s of new growth. Did some light training and pruning.
2/2/09 - Annual prune/style – working on thickening lower branches, and ramification.
3/30/09 - New spring growth.
8/4/09 - Lower branches growing wild.
10/25/09 - Showing some fall colors.
12/21/09 - Winter silhoutte – ready for styling.
2/8/10 - Wired branches this year. Starting to like the way it looks. Need to check roots for repotting. Time to find a good pot for it.
1/23/1 - before wiring
3/7/11 - Early spring. showing all four sides. The base of the trunk is wider from the side view.
3/19/11. repotted this year. I how it looks at this time of year when the leaves first come out. they are small and match the size of the tree. did a lot of wiring this year. having a hell of a time finding the pot I want online.
3/27/11. finally took a stab at taking some decent pictures. need more lighting tho.
This is the pot that I want for this tree. I am having a hard time finding it in the 16" size online - anybody want to sell me one?
Finally found this pot via special order from http://www.bonsaimonk.com it hasn't arrived yet, but i'm looking forward to repotting into it this winter!
12/24/11. We had a late warm spell and it got some new growth. I was worried it wouldn't go dormant but it seems to be now.
1/23/12 - The new Japanese pot I special ordered from bonsaimonk.com arrived in time for me to repot this winter.
2/5/12 - I decided to carve the top of the short trunk that had been chopped off - with a dremel tool to make it look more natural. I'll probably carve it some more and treat it with lime sulfur eventually.