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Taming a Difficult Bonsai, Before, During & After


After, by Juan Andrade. This is a very unusual tree with three trunks merging into one (you can just see a small piece of the third trunk). Though it does look like the reviled reverse taper, but in this case I don't think it's a problem. I cropped the original photo (below) for a closer look at the trunk

There's good chance you know by now the Michael Hagedorn's Bonsai Heresy has arrived (see below). Because we pre-sold so many, we are full tilt here trying to catch up. So rather than put together a new post, we've dug up a good one from our archives (all the way back to 2013). One of our earlier Before and After posts.

Here's what we (that's me) wrote at the time... Just couldn’t pass this one up. This Japanese white pine transformation is so unusual and the result so striking and unique, that… well, you can see for yourself.

The artist, Juan Andrade is one of a whole host of young apprentices who are studying or have studied in Japan.

The progression. It’s clear that plenty happens that you can’t see.
For example, how on earth did he get the left trunk to cooperate?
And did he really bend the tree over that far without repotting it?
Guess you’ll just have to use your imagination.


Before. From this to what you see above is no mean feat.
There’s that pesky bowed out left trunk for starters, but clearly there’s more.


During. Still in the same pot, but now we have a new planting angle. 


The original after photo.


Here's your link to Juan's original on Facebook



Bonsai Heresy is here!
and we're only 2 or 3 days behind shipping
Thanks to Ric and to Corey, Ric's stalwart, socially distanced masked helper.


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