There has been quite a bit of Totara work going on in the garden lately… Auckland Bonsai Society members will recall this little shohin below from the meeting a couple of weeks back. Here are a few before and after pics from raw material to semi-cascade. We treat Totara more or less the same as taxus in terms of pruning/timing/fert etc.
Totara before work.
After styling and repotting. Will get it out of it’s training pot and into it’s final pot next year.
The beautiful sharp needles. This will fill in quickly next growing season, and we’ll get quite a reduction in needle size.
The wonderful flaky cinnamon bark Totara is well known for.