Larch group on the cheap

At the begining of 2016 I invested a few pounds in a bundle of bare rooted Larches of various sizes purchased on the internet from a company that is kind enough to consider very small quantities –Beechwood Nurseries in Co Down N.Ireland. Just what a penny pinching pensioner was pleased to discover.


Three of these little specimens, which cost me £1.34, were desitined to be a group planting and in April 2016 were set aside and most unimaginativley planted, looking as if they may well be pretty boring as little thought was obviously used in this arrangement.



Fortunatly I gave them some further thought when I next planted them in a rather  nice rectangluar pot that I had acquired from a fellow bonsai club member.



After the first initial wiring they soon sprung slightly upward again when it was removed ( July 2017 above left) .
A further much more extensive wiring job was under taken in March 2018 (Right). The small rocks are Blue Lias which is actually found in our garden where for years in the past it was open cast quarried for building the local Somerset cottages and walls.

This grouping had now taken into account  the perspective enhancing guide lines of placing the larger tree to the front. They were planted in Tesco Finest Lightweight Cat Litter with a little pine bark added, I now also mix in  some of the Pink Sophisicat litter from Pets at Home as it has larger granules which are the same basic molar clay.


The wire has been taken off this week in time to prevent any marking of the tree and the branches are springing up a bit already but I think that after further  rewiring later on it now has the making of an attractive group of trees. Not bad for £1.34.

The group was not the only project to emerge from the Irish purchases as I  am also training a twin planting in a home made concrete slab and a single tree from the rest of the Larches. 


About Michael Cooper

Bonsai enthusiast and artist. After recording the rural scene in watercolours for over thirty years and having my own studio gallery I am now semi retired. I still sell my prints though to customers worldwide via my website and through the Somerset Crafts Gallery, Avalon Marshes Centre,Westhay nr Glastonbury BA6 9TT. The rest of the time is spent looking after my bonsai trees, I like the exercise.
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4 Responses to Larch group on the cheap

  1. Jamie Moulton says:

    Hi, i realise this is an old blog but i’m just about to embark on the larch group journey, and coincidentally have just ordered 20 trees from the same company!

    I have no idea what to expect as far as trunks go, only that the trees will be 30-50cms in height so i’m assuming they will be pencil thin. Have you found they still thicken up noticably when placed straight into a bonsai pot/group planting? Or would i be better to keep them singular for a couple of years to develop?


    • Its some time ago now Jamie. When I got mine I planted them out into black plastic flower pots to settle in for a few months . The large ones into separate pots the smaller ones two, three or four to a pot, then slip potted (without disturbing roots)them into training pots about 5inches deep till the following spring. They may have quite strong tap roots which I managed to cut back when the smaller roots had got more established. they stayed in those for a year or so I think before the group plantings. I hope this is some help.Cheers Michael


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