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M. Frary

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How about my Parsons Juniper?
« on: July 03, 2014, 03:57 PM »
  I purchased this juniper this spring. It was in a 3 gallon bucket when I got it. Took it home cut the longer leads back,cut roots and shoved it into the collander . I tipped it forward some. Next year I'm tipping it forward some more as well as tilting it to the left.
 

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Re: How about my Parsons Juniper?
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2014, 10:14 PM »
That's a lot of trunks.  What're your plans?
 

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Re: How about my Parsons Juniper?
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2014, 11:37 PM »
  Not totally sure yet. One thing for sure is there is a lot of options. I'm going to keep the trunk that lays horizontal to the right. The one on the left I'll probably jin. As for what I'll do with the center portion? That's the part I'm not sure what I'll do with.
  As for this year I'm just going to let it grow and look at it hard.
 

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Re: How about my Parsons Juniper?
« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2014, 10:32 AM »
My initial thought from the picture is to tilt it over to the right and make a cascade out of it. Not sure how you could incorporate the other trunks in it as deadwood. To just eliminate them would seem like such a waste.
 

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Re: How about my Parsons Juniper?
« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2014, 08:09 PM »
  I think probably there will be a lot of dead wood when I'm through. It's just a matter of deciding what wood will die. Rob(October) thought that tilting for a cascade might be the way to go also. I'm not sure about cascade bonsai though. It seems like it might be as hard to pull off as a good windswept stilyle tree.
 

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Re: How about my Parsons Juniper?
« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2014, 06:50 AM »
So the question I always ask, myself and others, is what was so compelling about this tree that you felt like you had to own it?

I can't guess as to what that is from the picture. There are lot's of good bonsai developed from nursery can stock. However this will be a bit of a challenge. I would suggest reducing the foliage on the straight trunk by half, fertilizing the tree well and then reducing the tree over time.

One of the best ways to make small juniper bonsai is to grow them yourself from cuttings. They root easily in perlite and sphagnum, can be bent easily with aluminum wire, and then developed over a few years to nice trees. A six in h tall tree needs a lot smaller trunk to be convincing than a 3-4 footer.

Good luck