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tmmason10

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First RMJ
« on: August 22, 2013, 06:50 PM »
I thought since this forum has its own section dedicated to North American junipers, that I'd start a thread for my first true yamadori. I got this last weekend from NE bonsai and it was repotted, and possibly collected, this year. Plan is to let it gain strength and adapt to living up here in the northeast, hopefully getting to work on it in 2015.

Thoughts, comments, suggestions are all welcome.
 

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Re: First RMJ
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2014, 07:51 PM »
Didn't do anything but water and fertilize this year. It looked weak when Owen was here this spring, but now I think it will be ready to style next year. Maybe Owen will come back?
 

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Re: First RMJ
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2014, 08:37 PM »
Cool tree! Did owen have any suggestions to bring out the best potential?
Looks like if it was dropped about 45 degrees to right so the deadwwod on trhat side was resting on soil it could look pretty sweet.

Thanks for the update.

JE
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tmmason10

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Re: First RMJ
« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2014, 08:42 PM »
Cool tree! Did owen have any suggestions to bring out the best potential?
Looks like if it was dropped about 45 degrees to right so the deadwwod on trhat side was resting on soil it could look pretty sweet.

Thanks for the update.

JE

He had a thought about thinning the deadwood and using a different angle for more of a taller slender tree. This was at a quick glance I wonder what he would say next year if we can get him to come back up north. Thanks for the comment.
 

Owen Reich

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Re: First RMJ
« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2014, 01:10 PM »
I'd love to come back.  Good group.  From what I recall, the two main options were a hard tilt to make deadwood more stable for a slant style design with foliage over most of deadwood or, thinning deadwood for a tall and thinner design.  The latter requires interfering with hundreds of years of character, but there are ways to do it. 
 

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Re: First RMJ
« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2014, 01:54 PM »
lots of old character there. A real "design opportunity to figure out how to display it. You chose an interesting tree with lots of possibilities.

If it were my tree, I would not do anything other than try to get it fully established and pumped up with vigor, before styling it. If I read it right, you think it may have been collected in 2013. I would hesitate to do anything for at least 2 or 3 years, and would even feel giving it 5 years to establish and become vigorous to be reasonable. During this time you will be able to get familiar with it, and a good design for it may become obvious.

I've killed a couple Ponderosa pine yamadori, by rushing to style them. My new approach for my newest Ponderosa will be to leave it alone. Make sure it is healthy. Repot into my familar media then let it recover 2 years after the repotting. Trees over 100 years old just do not respond the way seedlings would. They need time to get growing.