Zelkova bonsai forest restoration part 2

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Source: Growing Bonsai Blog.

This is a continuation from this post I bought a large overgrown Zelkova forest. In order to refurbish it, I decided to take it apart. In order to take this forest apart, I started off by pulling the old pieces of deadwood out of the rootball. At times pulling, twisting, breaking and subtle use of pruners. Going slow pays off, as it reduces the number of roots that are pulled from the trunks. After this, I slowly pulled the individual trees apart. Again, gently tugging, moving individual roots and trimming roots in case of dense clusters. All in all it took about 2 hours to separate the forest into individual trees and a few manageable groups. Zelkova bonsai forest split up The attentive reader may have noticed: This work was done in early winter. It is good to realize I generally have mild winters, with most winters temperatures not dropping below -5 for more than a few nights. Besides that, I have a small greenhouse which in most winters remains frost-free, and I can move recently abused trees into the greenhouse or dark shed if temperatures do drop low. Zelkova root cuttingZelkova bonsai poor rootsZelkova bonsai poor roots trimmed After splitting the group into pieces, I proceeded to my shed where I work on my trees. Especially when it is bad weather it is great to have a sheltered outdoor space where nobody is bothered by some mud or other substrate flying around. I used a combination of a root…

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