I want to bonsai some Crab Apple and ornamental Maple (sorry I'm not sure of specie) saplings and yearlings that emerged last year.
I plan to dig these up and start some training pots this next weekend when it'll be warmer. Then I don't know what to do next... I did just what I've described for the passed two summers and both years the trees have died on me, and I'm not sure why...This year I plan to put a lot more time and patience into the art, starting right now.
My questions are:
1) Is this an appropriate approach (method of propogation)?
2) What do I do next? Can I start wiring it now? Should I shear prune or finger prune? Can I prune immediately after potting?
3) Any tips/past experiences on this method of bonsai that would help me or give me some insight?
I'm at the zone 3 and 4 boundry, just north of Minneapolis.
Thanks in advance for all of your help...