Today’s goal is to carve down both the upper and lower trunk chops. If you grow very large bonsai, you will inevitably have to perform this task. It may seem a bit daunting the first time you do it, but you’ll be surprised at how quickly and how well it goes.
Every trunk chop you ever make is going to create dead wood; it’s just unavoidable. But that’s all right, because the tree will produce callus tissue to heal the wound and, to one degree or another, seal off the live wood from the dead wood. With that said, it sometimes happens that the entire side of a tree will die due to a chop that is not followed by buds around the perimeter of the trunk. In this case, I have a branch perfectly positioned for what I’m about to do.
The treatment of choice for this chop, later on this season, will be lime sulfur followed by PC Petrifier. But that’s not for now. I need the living sapwood you see to actually dry out before hitting it with lime sulfur. In the meantime, I’ll just seal up the chop to protect it.
I’ll post an update later in the season. This tree will be ready for a bonsai pot in Spring 2021.
Let me know if you found this helpful.