I decided to go ahead and remove the layer started in this post because I will be getting pretty busy in the next few months and I’m not sure if I would have gotten around to it. Also, if the layer didn’t work, I would like to know so I could make a decision how to proceed. The layer did make some roots, but not quite how I would have expected.
As you can see, the roots are on only one side, and did not start from where the tourniquet was. Everything that was hidden in the nursery can was unusable and the layer was completely necessary. I am thinking that this “air” layer(Nick Lenz calls it a swamp layer) did produce roots from the sphagnum moss but didn’t make roots because of the tourniquet. I think that if I had scarified the trunk a little more and did the same process I may have had better results. For now, I packed some more moss onto the side that needs roots and hopefully in a few years there will be a better root system.
I decided to also style the tree as it would be easier to do now because I can see the buds and the foliage is not in the way. I am hoping that because the tree is dormant that the repotting and wiring won’t be too stressful on the tree. I am pretty pleased with the result and think it is on it’s way to becoming a bonsai one day.
I’ve chosen the final image for it’s front. I think that lower trunk will probably be turned into a jin at some point but I’ll keep the buds on as is for now. I can definitely see some promise now, that I honestly wasn’t seeing before. Quite a difference, right?