shibui wrote:Hi Andrew, I really love multiple trunk bonsai so best of luck spreading the word.
Some points I try to follow are:
Like all multi trunk plantings, trunks should be different height and thickness.
Trunks and branches should follow a 'theme' - similar shape, curves, etc.
Tops of smaller trunks bend out away from main trunk and from branch planes.
Lowerst branches on smaller trunks when possible.
Branches from different trunks but follow the same form as a single trunk ie lowest branch is to one side and slightly forward, etc.
Interior trunks will have few branches on lower trunk.
Clumps can be developed by threading several seedlings through a hole drilled in sheet metal. As they thicken the sheet cuts off circulation causing callus which grafts to the other seedlings. New roots grow from the callus over the plate to give a horizontal nebari. first pic below was grown this way.
A couple of pics that might illustrate some of the above.
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