When to do the deed? Trunk-choping


(Per) #1

So the question is when can I trunk-chop? Is the timing the same as repotting? Mainly interested in the timing for G. Biloba, Acers and P. Thunbergii


(Jonas Dupuich) #2

I tend to make larger cuts when the tree is growing so it can begin healing. Exactly how and when - and where - is determined by the specifics of the desired result.


(Per) #3

I’m thinking of something like this:
https://bonsaitonight.com/2016/04/22/japanese-maple-bonsai-working-from-a-sub-optimal-starting-point/
It’s not about removing a sacrificebranch but to build a trunk


(Jonas Dupuich) #4

I wasn’t happy with the result so I gave all of the maples away. It’s possible that with a lot of care and a lot of growth that I could have made something from the trees, but making big cuts on maples is generally not a great way to develop them.

Some of the problems:

  • scars large and may not heal
  • change in taper not always natural
  • lower part of trunk is too straight
  • planting at angle difficult because roots emerged at right angles