The art of yamadori involves taking a tree out of its natural environment and transplanting it into another. This can be done with various species, but yamadori is most commonly used with juniper trees and pines. Yamadori is not for the faint of heart. It requires great skill, patience, and a love for trees. The process involves transplanting trees from their natural environment to your own home or garden. You must be careful when selecting a tree because they are very delicate and easily damaged during the transplantation process.

To harvest yamadori, first, you need to find a tree that is ready to be harvested. Look for a trunk with a large hollow core, and make sure that the bark has not been damaged by insects or other natural predators. The tree should also be in a location where you can easily access it without damaging your own property or that of others.

Once you have found the perfect tree, you will need to gain access to it by cutting off the lower section of its trunk. Take care not to damage any roots or branches that may be growing at this point. Next, remove all loose bark from inside the hollow of the tree before continuing with your work. This will make it much easier for you to remove any dead wood from inside your new yamadori bonsai pot.

When removing dead wood from within your tree’s hollows, do so slowly—carefully cutting away at small pieces at a time rather than attempting to remove large chunks all at once. Whenever possible, try using only hand tools such as chisels and saws rather than electric ones so as not to cause damage through excessive vibration during use (this can cause cracks in your trees’ trunks).

Yamadori, or “mountain trees” are among the most valuable bonsai in Japan. They’re grown from wild root systems that are harvested and planted in pots. The result is a tree with old-growth characteristics and maturity far beyond its years. Yamadori has been called “the single greatest joy of bonsai”. Many of the most fascinating bonsai in the world have come from yamadori harvesting trips, and for those who care about cultivating these amazing specimens, this means that harvesting time is intensely important. We’ve developed a guide to help you maximize your own harvest success and find the perfect mountain trees to bring home.

How To Harvest Yamadori

There are many steps to harvesting a yamadori bonsai, and each step requires patience and care. Here is an overview of the process:

  • Find a suitable tree: Yamadori trees are typically large bonsai that have been found in nature (yama means “mountain” in Japanese). They can be over 100 years old, but most of them are between 40-80 years old. These trees will usually have at least one main trunk with smaller trunks branching off from it. Some branches will be dead or damaged which is normal because they were not trimmed by humans. It’s important to remember that any yamadori tree you find has already been through many harsh seasons in nature so they may need some extra TLC before they become healthy bonsai again.
  • Prepare your tree for harvest: If you’re ready to begin preparing your yamadori tree for harvest, make sure all tools are sterilized with alcohol before cutting into the live wood (this includes wire cutters). Next, we’ll prepare our wire-wrapping area with newspaper or brown paper bags so we can keep everything clean while wiring up our masterpiece.

Harvesting Difficulty Score

The difficulty of a yamadori is a subjective measure that takes into account three factors: the size of the tree, its location, and whether or not it’s been collected before. The scale is 1-5, with 5 being extremely difficult to collect and 1 being easy.

A score of 1 means that there are no major obstacles to collecting this tree; if you can get access to it safely and have tools at your disposal then you should be able to collect this one easily. A score of 2 means that while there are no major obstacles in collecting this tree, it will require some effort on your part or some special equipment that may not be readily available (e.g., tall climbing gear). A score of 3 means that while there are no major obstacles in collecting this tree, it will require more than just basic climbing gear but does not require specialized equipment (e.g., long ropes). A score of 4 indicates that several aspects need careful planning before attempting collection (e.g., complicated rigging). Finally, a score of 5 indicates extreme danger for anyone attempting collection without proper training or equipment

Harvesting Day Start Time

The best time to start harvesting is different for each tree, and depends on all of the following:

  • Tree age
  • Location (e.g., a dry desert versus a humid forest)
  • Weather conditions at the time of harvest (rainy season vs. dry season)
  • Season in which you are harvesting (winter, spring)

Harvesting Day End Time

Harvesting Day is the day that you begin harvesting and end the day.

You can think of it as a way to track your progress through the game.

It’s important to know that:

  • The start time is when you start harvesting, not when you wake up in the morning or go to bed at night. In other words, it’s midnight on your clock when your harvest begins.
  • The end time should be at midnight on your clock (or whenever you finish for the day). If you’re going to take a break from playing after reaching this point, make sure to set a reminder so that it doesn’t accidentally become tomorrow’s harvest.
  • The scoring system rewards players who are able to complete their tasks within a given amount of time – if they take too long trying something difficult then they’ll get far less points than if they had just taken care not waste any extra energy doing unnecessary work outside their skill levels.”

Scoring Chart

The score is based on the tree’s health, age and size. The scoring chart is as follows:

  • 0-10 years old – Score 2
  • 11-20 years old – Score 3.5 (or 7 if a different age category)
  • 21-30 years old – Score 4 (or 8 if a different age category)
  • 31+ years old – Score 5 (or 10 if a different age category)

Long-term Harvesting Success

Before you begin harvesting, it is important to consider the following:

  • Your relationship with the tree. If you are to have a successful harvest, it is important that you have a good relationship with the tree. When a tree dies and begins to decompose, it will attract insects and other arthropods such as beetles and ants. These insects can pollinate your flowers before you are ready for them or even eat them altogether if left unchecked. You should keep in mind though that these creatures also help decomposition by breaking down dead wood into nutrients for new growth. However, if too many insects are present or if they start destroying your buds before they are fully formed then this may affect future harvests because there won’t be enough nutrient-rich material left over from previous harvests available through decomposition after each growing season has ended

Yamadori are a passion in Japan that are gaining popularity around the world.

Yamadori are a passion in Japan that are gaining popularity around the world. Yamadori is the art of collecting naturally formed trees and turning them into bonsai. It is common for yamadori to be over 100 years old, some being well over 500 years old. The tree must be collected from its natural environment and relocated to where it’s growth will be controlled by pruning and wiring.

The scoring system for this step can range from 1-10 depending on how difficult it will be for you to harvest your tree from the wild. If you’re planning on using a chain saw or other mechanical tool, then you should give yourself a high score (5+) because harvesting with mechanized tools will likely damage your tree beyond repair if done incorrectly.

If you’re going out into nature with nothing at all more than hand tools like loppers, clippers or scissors then go ahead and assign yourself a low score (1-3) because harvesting with hand tools requires extreme care when cutting into live wood.

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