I’m not at all sure if this tree has much of a future ahead of it but I have it so I will continue to give it the best chance I can to progress into something meaningful. Wishful thinking I suppose but it’s always better to have a half full cup than half empty.
Having potted the tree on without disturbing the root ball in September I was quite surprised to find that nothing much had happened in the autumn. The roots hadn’t tried to break out of the root mass into the new potting medium.
I have chosen a much larger pot than needed for the tree on the basis of general advice given by Peter Snart. In a pot that is too small it could take 10 years to achieve what could be achieved in a larger pot in 5 years. This is a mistake I have been guilty of throughout my bonsai career and I have paid the price.
I have pruned the tree quite severely to try to promote back budding. As I look at it now I might bite the bullet and go in harder. As soon as the tree is healthy enough I will try to bring the tip of the main trunk over to the left to be more in line with the nebari.