These 2 are air-layers… mother plants were dug up and thrown away for a landscape renovation. Mother plant had 20-30 super lanky straight trunks with no side branches (as Sea Greens naturally grow), so no use trying to save it for a bonsai. Instead, I air layered the trunks that had the most branches.
I cut them off Feb 2019 and repotted them. Left them alone since then, to grow roots and gain health. I didn’t take a “before” photo, but it was turning into a shaggy bush again. So I knew it was healthy.
So, today, I decided to give it a haircut (I cut off a lot). Also repositioned main branches to better areas and balance.
Also, wired the secondary branching flat, into pads like an open flat palm/hand.
Yes, it is ugly and the trunk is super straight and long. It’s thick and stiff; so bending it would be quite difficult.
The trunk actually goes down a lot more into the pot (drew in Red), about 2/3 down into the pot (I needed to stabilize the very tall air-layer after I cut it off). So, the rootball is 2/3 down into the pot and it is actually taller than pictured.
Ideally, I want to make it into a tall, big bonsai or niwaki. So, I’m not interested in trunk chopping it down to the first lowest branch and making a shohin/mame.
I also know there’s a lot of “handle-bar” branches. Of course, I’ve been considering removing some, but as you can see, it’s already too sparse and too much spacing.
These trees aren’t really anything special to me… they were just free landscape digs/air-layers I didn’t really care about and was just experimenting with. But, I’d still like to see if it’s possible to make them decently okay and nice.
What would you do with them??
Thanks for any help!