The below work was completed on January 1, 2011.
If you would like to see a real tight example with absolutely no gaps, check out the Fusion Bonsai blog to see what Greg has done with his Trident Maple. I really like how he left no gaps all the way up the frame, requiring him to overlap at the top. If you think about it, this method would require an even wider base-to-top ratio since the top would thicken (and fuse) at a greater rate than the bottom, especially at first. Besides the benefit of quick fusing, his method would seem to minimize scarring at the points where the seedlings exit the trunk which would seem preferable. I’ll probably replicate his method on a future tree.
- Don’t twist too tight–though I didn’t lose many seedlings, I know I twisted the wire too much on some of the smaller ones.
- Be careful not to knock the buds off.
- Thinner seedlings are easier to bend (obviously), so on a smaller frame like this you might try to obtain/use them.
- Keep a spray bottle nearby and spray often.
- Budget a big chunk of time to complete this part.