This Water-elm connected root bonsai-to-be was first presented last December. It had been separated from a larger specimen that did not match the remainder in style. So the idea was to make two bonsai out of it. This part was “parked” in a too-big tray, and allowed to grow out.

The two nights of 22° F were not kind to the left-hand part of this tree, so today I thought it would be fun to see what I could make out of the rest of it.


The first order of business was to separate the root where the dead part joined the live part. I used a hand saw to cut through.











Here’s another view of the little group, from what I envisioned as the ultimate front.














And here’s the group, removed from the pot with the dead section taken away.













And shortly after, with a root-pruning and installed in this nice Chuck Iker round.

I think this is going to be a very nice three-tree connected root bonsai. What do you think? Leave me a comment below.