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Chokkan Bald Cypress

What Is The Chokkan Bonsai Style?

It is also known as the formal upright style. It usually occurs in nature. That is when the tree is left exposed to a lot of light and has no problem competing with other trees. Tapering of the upright trunk that is growing must be made visible. Hence, the trunk should be thick at the bottom end and grow increasingly in a thin way compared with the height. After ¼ of the trunk’s total length, the branching should commence. The trees’ top should be formed by single branches whereby the trunk should not span the trees’ entire measurements.

Bonsai is an art that originates from Japan, and it utilizes cultivation techniques to come up with products. The bonsai are primarily used for the viewer’s contemplation and the pleasant exercises of efforts and ingenuity for the growers. It is not used for food production or medicinal purposes, but it solely focuses on the long-term cultivation and shaping of more than one small tree growing in containers.


How to create a chokkan style bonsai

1.    Find a source trunk with a perfect taper and then ensure it has a branch structure to grow out. It can include cuttings or small trees of species that can be suitable for the development of bonsai.


Perennial woody-stemmed trees or shrub trees that can produce real branches can be cultivated to ensure that they remain small through pot confinements with the pruning of roots and crowns can create a bonsai.

Some species have become popular since they have specific characteristics: small leaves, which make them appropriate for the bonsai’s visual scope. The specimen is made so that it remains small so as it meets the aesthetic standards of bonsai.

The candidate bonsai used for display purposes is in one of a few of the accepted proportions and shapes, and from this point onwards, its growth is usually restricted by the pot’s environment. It is shaped so that it limits growth and distributes the foliar vigor to the areas that necessitate further developments and so comply with the artist’s detailed design.

Note it may take years for the bonsai to start looking as you had anticipated it.

The suitable chokkan style materials to be located in the wild are near to an impossible task as the trunks may seem too straight from their base; hence may seem to be of no use. If you intend to grow and create a chokkan style bonsai of your patience, it is highly needed. If so, the best approach that may be recommended will be to make cuttings and allow them to grow outside under the naturally available lights and ensure that they are tended to on most occasions until the trunk has matured sufficiently. After this, you should emphasize the creation of the appropriate structure of the branches.


Finding A Chokkan Styled Bonsai In Nature

In case you spot a tree or a shrub on one of your travels that grows naturally with an upright stance and a symmetrical pattern, then there is a high chance of the species proliferating into a chokkan bonsai style.
The popularly known species of the bonsai styles are:
1.    Pines (pinus)
2.    Maple (Acer)
3.    Spruces(Picea)
4.    Junipers (Juniperus)
Some species do not lend themselves to formal chokkan styles, and they include Pyracantha, crab apple, and cherry. 

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