Started on this fun project back in June 2016 on an old white cedar I have had for 4 or so years now. Last year it grew immensely and got away from me designwise thus leading to some very unsightly inverse taper. So it was a do over this season. The was alot of swelling above the first branch where the two split off their directions. The ultimate tree in this specimen will be centered around that first branch on the left side below the pot in the canopy. The branchlets off the first branch are very very well placed and I know where to go from those and what to expect as it develops. Its going to be a good girthy short thuja.
Now onto this pot up the tree. The first time I have ever seen this done in person was during my 2 month stay at Ryan neil’s Bonsai mirai outside St Helens Oregon in 2012. His reason for this was different….his was from approach grafting shimpaku onto RMJ foliage. My reasoning is ground layering or “canopy layering” since it is achieved fairly easy with native thuja stock. The pot has soil and moss in it to enable the two branches INSIDE it to throw out roots in order to NOT waste a perfecrly good part of the tree beyond a specific point where the split has swollen excessively causing unsighty inverse taper. These will be seperated once sufficient rooting is in place and will be potted in their own pots to further develop on thier own.
What I did here was create 3 good trees from one mother tree. Making lemonade oit of lemons some like to say. This is a fraction of why I love working with white cedar bonsai….never a dull moment with this species.
Up close of the pot attached to the inverse area.
Top tree above, lower tree in pic below.
Now back to the mother tree below shows the general direction I am going with the tree. You can see the movement that will be developed over time and this time around, i am keeping a very close watch on those notches to avoid another inverse taper deal.
Heres the new look after slip potting from a nursery can. Looks way better.