When to Let a Tree Run Off Leash by Michael Hagedorn

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Source: Bonsai Bark Blog.

This luminous Japanese maple in full fall color is from Michael Hagedorn’s Crataegus Bonsai Portfolio. I don’t know for sure when, or for how long Michael lets this one off the leash, but after reading the article below, I have some idea. Here’s an important topic that we seldom hear about. So even though we just ran this post back in September, I think it’s worth another go. Once again we’re paying homage to the wisdom of Michael Hagedorn, our favorite source for the nitty-gritty of growing bonsai. This time it’s about managing, and especially not managing, the growth of our trees. Our source for the text is Michael’s Blog. For the photos it’s Michael’s Portfolio In Michael’s own words… “We talk endlessly about how to manage the growth of bonsai. Which technique for this species, which for that…and it’s a good thing we do, as it’s very important. If we get it wrong we could end up in a pretty pickle. “Less often do we talk about how important the opposite is for an old bonsai: Letting the tree go a bit. Stop ‘managing’ it for a while. Many trees cannot be kept in continual show shape.” Continued below… NEW BONSAI TOOL SPECIAL see below – “An old Winter Hazel (Corylopsis spicata) in a box for some rejuvenation following a couple years of weakness, now showing long extensions and large leaves” Michael Hagedorn continued from above… “There are two concepts here and I don’t wish to confuse them. Most trees need to grow a bit…

Go to the source blog (Bonsai Bark Blog) to read the full article: When to Let a Tree Run Off Leash by Michael Hagedorn