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I'm sure this will be a huge undertaking - salvage 1 year 3 months ago #29672

I had a large, weeping cut leaf Maple that I thought had completely died. I cut the top off and left a stump with plans of digging it up but was too busy the last couple years to do it. Much to my surprise, it sprouted side branches like crazy. I wonder now if this could be salvaged as a bonsai. I have to dig the tree up anyway, so what do I have to lose?

What should I do?

It will be spring in the next month or so, and I have been trying to find as much info as I can about salvaging this tree. Thank you very much for your time.
(there are no clubs close to me so this isn't an option).

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I'm sure this will be a huge undertaking - salvage 1 year 3 months ago #29729

That trunk seems awfully big. What's the diameter of it, and how soon do you need to dig it out?
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I'm sure this will be a huge undertaking - salvage 1 year 3 months ago #29748

Not much to discuss.
When the buds swells dig it up, plant it in a modern substrate and tak care of it. I would cut it as seen on a picture and leave terminal to grow freely to create taper, and wait for some new branches to develop.


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I'm sure this will be a huge undertaking - salvage 1 year 3 months ago #29766

Solaris, The trunk is about 3" in diameter. I think it's worth trying to save the tree..

Kristof - thank you for the picture and suggestion.
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