06/01/2013

Zelkova niré.

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To air-layer sho-hin the sphagnum moss is being filtered through a fine sieve. This will improve better root formation.

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The layering is necessary, this Zelkova niré has been built up to a fine base and it is being trimmed to stimulate second growth. The problem that we have to solve is the reversed taper line of the trunk base.

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It’s going to be an interesting kifu or chu-hin, which will be determined after the layering.  A short, powerful and wide tree in the natural style for this variety.

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An all round layering with root formation at the trunks’ bottom of the main tree.

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A plastic container pot which has been cut for this purpose is used to keep the sphagnum moss together. On top we put a layer of akadama which is being lightly mixed with the sphagnum. First check-up will be the end of September because that is when we expect the first new root growth. When the result is satisfactory the layering is being removed and transfered in a first training pot.

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