Dwarf Barbados Cherry Bonsai

This dwarf Barbados cherry bonsai was acquired as a fairly old prebonsai. I then let it thicken up in the ground on a tile since 2012. By 2016 it had grown to over 8′ tall and I dug up the tree to get it moved to the new farm. Now the tree has recovered nicely and is showing signs that it was ready for the next step.
Dwarf Barbados Cherry Bonsai

 

The tree had a good deal of field soil left on the rootball that fell off easily. All the old soil was removed revealing an amazing base in progress. I further reduced roots that were too big or long and lacked taper. I also cut and sealed down growing roots, the nebari is beginning to take shape. Finally, I took a sharp knife and cleaned any wounds that were not cut very cleanly and then sealed them with cut paste.

Dwarf Barbados Cherry Bonsai Dwarf Barbados Cherry Bonsai

The dwarf Barbados cherry bonsai now looks rather bare. Most of the branches did not emerge from places that were useful for its development so they get rejected. Dwarf Barbados cherry back buds easily and I can count on having a litany of new shoots to choose from in the future. The main trunk was also straight and uninteresting so I cut it back to a usable section and wired a new trunk line.

A new angle is chosen and its potted in nursery grade soil which is mostly pine bark mixed with perlite. Although the height of the soil in the first picture is how the tree will be potted once finished it wouldn’t be a great idea to leave it as such. I add about 1/2″ of perlite on top so that new emerging lateral roots don’t dry out and the nebari improves.

Dwarf Barbados Cherry Bonsai Dwarf Barbados Cherry Bonsai

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