Following on from the last post here are some pics of probably my favourite bonsai at the moment, future JBP Shohin bonsai:
These JBP were started destined for Shohin bonsai and are a little older than the ones I have going. It shows the stock that you can get in around 3-7 years of growth if you put the effort in.
After the seedling cutting and repotting into larger individual containers the first few years is almost free growth. these seedlings appear to be around 3-4 years old
The nursery has let the roots of the potted seedlings grow into the loose soil/sand in the growing fields. The long sacrifice branches at the tops of the seedlings are used to accelerate growth resulting in thickening in the trunks. These seedlings appear to be around 4-6 years old