Rafting in a Bonsai Pot

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Rafting in a Bonsai Pot

This very well rendered drawing by Peter Adams is from his book ‘Bonsai with Japanese Maples.’ It apears in a section called ‘Creating Raft Trees’ and on the back cover of the book. Whether or not this drawing comes from a tree in Peter’s colection or is just from his imagination. But one thing we do know; a pot that big will most likely set you back several hundred dollars.

Rafting in Peter’s own words
The raft method is formed by laying a tree on its side and encouraging it to root along the recumbent trunk. The branches on the under side of the old trunk are removed to facillitate it lying comfortably in the new posture. Other branches are left and are developed into trees.

We are just here to whet your appetite

You can use a box while roots are developed along the trunk, and if you can’t afford a suitable pot, you can always leave it there.

The early steps: top to bottom. Notice how the upper limbs are wired to form interesting trunk shapes and how the lower limbs are removed before poting.

Interested in Japanese Maples
Try the Pocket Guide to Japanese Maples. It is thoroughly excellent and a great value at $19.95


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