|Collected larch 100+ years|
|ACBS June show|
|Grown in open ground for several years|
|Larch grove in fall and summer|
Part of the club’s plan for this tree is to order many seedlings. The seedlings can be made into neat forest plantings. Members can also plant seedlings individually in pot for a few seasons, prune them for use as individual bonsai or group plantings. Members may also want to plant some in the open ground to allow them to add some girth, if they are going to be used as individual bonsai. You can do some preliminary pruning to work on the trunk shape while it is in the ground, but these will be more like five year projects. Ken may have some larch for sale that he has been developing in pots for the past several years, and one of these trees may be a good choice for some.
|Larch's natural growth habit forms a spruce-like outline|
For winter care, trees can be healed into the ground in an area where it has some protection from the wind (I like areas around the house in between shrubbery). Then cover the pot with a layer of mulch or straw. As the larch is winter hardy, it will do just fine.
|Mature larch in a park in Stow|
As with out black pine project last year, we'll be taking some photos, so we can keep a record of how our projects progress. Don't be afraid to try both a group planting--even a three tree one can be attractive--and also try a few in nursery pots to prune and develop as individual bonsai. Working with several will help you to become familiar with how to care for them. Below you can see the kind of planting that can be attained with larches. This ambitious project that Gib created at an ACBS workshop a few years ago speaks for itself. With a little work, and time, you won't be disappointed.
|Two views of Gib's larch forest --created at an ACBS workshop|
|After three seasons|