I have a follow-up question to: https://bonsaitonight.com/2016/04/22/japanese-maple-bonsai-working-from-a-sub-optimal-starting-point/.
I’m still wondering when is the right time to truck chop a Japanese maple. Joan’s comment suggested early spring, giving a chance for the tree to recover. However, not sure I fully understand why.
If in early spring I assume it’s after bugs swell, this means all the energy stored in the tree already went up to the upper portion of the tree (trunk and branches) so none are left in the roots.
If we trunk chop now, how will the tree have energy to recover? I’m assuming here most of the energy is stored in the roots (which I’m not sure it’s true). So, it might be better to trunk chop in late winter, before the tree starts pushing the stored energy up. There must be science that can explain it - but not sure how to find that. Thoughts?
Specifically, I have a grafted one with a great base but I want to start over as the graft is bad. This will be a very low chop so I’m nervous…