I’m just looking for some clarification on a comment Ryan made during the recent Linden styling stream. He mentioned during the stream, that when starting deciduous nursery stock to ensure that most of the native soil is removed and replaced with an arable bonsai matrix (akadama). He has also always reinforced the importance of a strong healthy root system before starting any major work, and when re-potting, to leave a lot of foliage for the roots to recover. The linden in the stream came from the nursery in a burlap root ball with a trunk girth of about 3.5 to 4 inches, so it must have been at least 12 to 15 tall.
So was the initial root reduction and re-pot done as a whole un-chopped 12-15 foot tall tree, with those fairly large trunk chops done a few years later? Or do you think there was a “reasonable” height reduction made during the initial repot?