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Re: Big Western
« Reply #30 on: August 05, 2014, 06:52 PM »
Looks fantastic!  Aikio's work is very impressive!!!
 

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Re: Big Western
« Reply #31 on: August 21, 2014, 02:09 PM »
Western Junipers are strong growers in the right environment. The change in foliage growth and ramification from 8/12 to8/14 is dramatic. Water, a little fertilizer, repot and put it out in the sunshine.
 

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Re: Big Western
« Reply #32 on: February 21, 2016, 10:16 AM »
Final preparative repotting. We have worked improve the rootage on this tree, while at the same time repositioning the tree to the front and angle required. I got this older Yamaaki pot from Japan. It is deeper than its predecessor which allowed us to full stand the tree up, it is also narrower front to back. We were able to remove the extraneous roots showing as a mass on the soil surface.
 

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Re: Big Western
« Reply #33 on: February 21, 2016, 12:40 PM »
There probably aren't many Western Junipers that are any better than this one.  Will you consider reducing the left side at any point?  Seems like the apex points back to the right, so if you chose to get the foilage pointing in that direction it'd look nice.


Do you have any pictures of the tree as you bought it from @boon?  (Maybe he does?)
 

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Re: Big Western
« Reply #34 on: February 21, 2016, 07:25 PM »
There may be a picture from Boon, will ask. If you go back to the first picture from 2009, you see the tree in a large round mica drum, which is tilted up near the angle is now. The tree was in a 2'x4' or so box, laying on the pumice with the single branch pointing out and somewhat up. First potting in 2008 we raised it up as much as we could comfortably in the pot, we could have transformed it quicker with a deeper box instead of the pot. In 2013 it was repotted in to the deeper chinese rectangle, but we still couldn't get the tree fully tipped forward and turned in the pot. So now, 3 years later, we have it in a deeper pot and could reduce the surface root tangle, which had originally been buried in the box, and to reduce a few large roots to turn the tree in the pot.

The tree will be styled again, with the change of position some elements will need to be repositioned, possibly reduced.
 

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Re: Big Western
« Reply #35 on: February 22, 2016, 12:45 AM »
Really great to see the transformation over the years.

Great tree.  Love it
 

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Re: Big Western
« Reply #36 on: February 22, 2016, 08:09 AM »
First potting in 2008 we raised it up as much as we could comfortably in the pot, we could have transformed it quicker with a deeper box instead of the pot.

So, why'd you go w/ the pot?
 

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Re: Big Western
« Reply #37 on: February 23, 2016, 09:38 AM »
To be honest, we thought it would be a very different tree, more if a slant, that would be created by grafting. After getting it settled, doing the two day work shop with Akio, getting the sole branch to bend in to the current position, it made sense to make the tree more upright.

In short, I wanted a big slanting Kishu, we came up with a better plan.
« Last Edit: February 23, 2016, 10:19 AM by John Kirby »
 
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Re: Big Western
« Reply #38 on: March 28, 2016, 05:06 PM »
Final preparative repotting. We have worked improve the rootage on this tree, while at the same time repositioning the tree to the front and angle required. I got this older Yamaaki pot from Japan. It is deeper than its predecessor which allowed us to full stand the tree up, it is also narrower front to back. We were able to remove the extraneous roots showing as a mass on the soil surface.

Looks great John.  I really like the way its turning out.
 

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Re: Big Western
« Reply #39 on: March 30, 2016, 01:21 PM »
Amazing transformation from it's initial stage to the fine specimen seen here.
Top notch work, very impressive!!
Thanks for sharing it's progression and giving us a peek. 8)
 

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Re: Big Western
« Reply #40 on: September 07, 2016, 07:35 PM »
Aug 2016. Two days of wiring. Now to fill in a bit.
 
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Re: Big Western
« Reply #41 on: September 21, 2016, 03:40 PM »
I had to open the last styled pic up and compare it with this one.  The changes are subtle, but it is much improved ...if that makes sense.  Earlier I'd asked about reducing the left side.  I'm not sure what I was seeing before, but the most recent styling cements that as NOT the way to go.  (As if you were taking styling tips from me to begin with...)

Its hard to tell since the angle seems to be from a little lower in the most recent picture, but have you let the apex grow just a bit?
 
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Re: Big Western
« Reply #42 on: September 26, 2016, 10:12 PM »
Just a little more compact. Two years in Rochester.