Root Fusing Potentials for Nebari—

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Source: Crataegus Bonsai Blog.

Nebari is the flare of roots into the soil. If we wish to encourage a strong visual connection with the ground, building the nebari is often the first thing we consider. Sometimes nebari roots remain distinct. In other plants surface roots may fuse into a connected unit. Some plants will form a fused ground-level root system with little encouragement, and others only with a great deal of cajoling. A few examples of what we might realistically expect from our trees: Plants that fuse roots easily: Maple, Styrax, Azalea, Winter Hazel Plants that resist root fusing: Elm, Quince, Spruce, Juniper, Pine Arranging, grafting, and pruning roots to set up optimal fusing is done during the repotting season (and we’ll cover those in a future post). Care during the warmer months solidifies these advantages.  How do we encourage root fusing for the likely species during the growing season? Here’s a few thoughts and tricks to fuse roots:  Consider your fine roots to be fusable roots Don’t let young roots die from desiccation Apply liberal applications of sphagnum moss where nebari is desired Place solid fertilizer over the sphagnum moss, near the trunk, to encourage and enhance fine roots in the future nebari area Solid fertilizers are better than liquids in this case, as solids encourage fine root growth in a specific spot, and by absence, limit it in another Just as spring growth is hardening off is a good time to apply this solid fertilizer, to control long internodes Fused roots on a Japanese…

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