Chojubai: 10-Year Development
After growing Chojubai for 10 years from 2” cuttings, I now have some idea what’s possible in that time frame.
A few weeks ago we had Daisaku Nomoto in the garden, and on going into the Chojubai house where our efforts of the last decade were, he said, “Only ten years! In Japan they’d be half that size.” Balmy Oregon weather is good for something, I guess.
We do work on them at least twice every year. Either wiring or cutting, often a bit of both.
From the start we had the intent to sell them, as finished bonsai. 2021 was the first year we potted a few up. Now we’re potting 6-8 a year.
Here are a few photos of the Chojubai we sold this year.
We had a bit of fun with our promo to our buyers… This one we called Belle (from Beauty and the Beast). Most names are Pixar / Disney inspired, and each came with “adoption” information, including a personality sketch and their favorite superhero. Belle’s was Wonder Woman. 20” wide x 10” high. Age: 11 Pot: Reiho
This is Russell (the adolescent in UP). Stats: 12” wide x 9” high. Age: 10 Pot: Yamaaki
Skeletor (He-Man’s nemesis) Stats: 21” wide x 14” high. Age: 11 Pot: Tokoname
Dot (from The Incredibles). 6” wide x 4” high. Age: 7 Pot: Bunzan
If you want to be on the Chojubai “List”—waiting in line for one of our potted up Chojubai—please send me an email! firstname.lastname@example.org The list is currently about a 6 year wait.