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andrew

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Rocky Mountain Juniper
« on: August 27, 2009, 05:57 PM »
This is the first tree I bought from Andy Smith.  I first nice tree.  It was collected in '07 I bought it in feb of '08.  It was wired when I bought it.  In spring however some branches started dying.  I took the wires off. And let it grow. It was heavily fertilized this year.  I am ready to wire it and style it.  I believe RMJ3 is my favorite front.  I was thinking of having the jin as the apex, with the foilage towards the back.       andy
 

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Re: Rocky Mountain Juniper
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2009, 09:40 PM »
Hi again, I guess the first step is to clean it up, remove the bark and see what is hiding underneath, clean off the dead foliage and the wimpy little thread like growth. Then, if you are unsure about which branches to remove, then just wire them all down, not wimpy weeping willow arches, but acute wiring down. This will give you a framework to start from. Best of luck,

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Re: Rocky Mountain Juniper
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2009, 08:26 PM »
John,

  Thanks for the comments.  Actually though I was thinking of leaving the bark on the tree.  I kinda like the look of it. andy
 

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Re: Rocky Mountain Juniper
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2009, 10:01 PM »
Cool, by the way the bark grows back within a year. Knowing where the lifeline is,  Priceless. Best of luck with your plant. John
 

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Re: Rocky Mountain Juniper
« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2009, 11:29 PM »
Nice hunk of stock. I support John wtr the bark and RMJ2 IMO is your best front and the lifeline is also clearly visible from that angle, which is also highly desirable (to be seen from the front)
 

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Re: Rocky Mountain Juniper
« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2009, 08:48 PM »
Thanks Rick.   I was just looking at my post again that was the front I was looking for.  I dont know why I said the 3rd.   
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andrew

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Re: Rocky Mountain Juniper
« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2009, 02:24 PM »
I removed the bark today.  Do I need to take more off?    Let me know if Im going in the rigt direction.      andy
 

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Re: Rocky Mountain Juniper
« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2009, 03:08 PM »
Hey Andy,
So it may just be the picture, but it looks like you took ALL the bark off the tree.  The above posters were suggesting removing the sections of bark that were dead and dried up, not the living tissue.  Hopfully its just the pic, as if all the bark was removed the tree will die.

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Re: Rocky Mountain Juniper
« Reply #8 on: August 30, 2009, 04:21 PM »
I hope you are wrong.    I took some new pics.   andy
 

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Re: Rocky Mountain Juniper
« Reply #9 on: August 31, 2009, 02:48 PM »
It looks fine. OK, identify the deadwood areas, such as under the Jin, and any other spots that can be made into shari. You can likely see the vein or swollen area that feeds the branches, it may show as a slight swelling around the dead areas. You can also now define (cut in with a sharp blade)  smaller thin, vertical areas where you would like to have shari. and then allow them and the tree to sit. You can also now decide to wire branches , in order to pull them down to strengthen the buds and foliage that is closer to the trunk.

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Re: Rocky Mountain Juniper
« Reply #10 on: August 31, 2009, 03:59 PM »
COol,

  I had anxiety all night.   I will look at wiring the branches.       Andy
 

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Re: Rocky Mountain Juniper
« Reply #11 on: August 31, 2009, 07:19 PM »
Andrew,
please don't take this wrong, but do you have much wiring experience? You can PM me if you want to. John
 

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Re: Rocky Mountain Juniper
« Reply #12 on: August 31, 2009, 07:40 PM »
No, not really.   
 

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Re: Rocky Mountain Juniper
« Reply #13 on: August 31, 2009, 09:12 PM »
OK,
It would be best to use copper (you can use smaller wire), the point is to gently pull down the branches. Are you a member of the local bonsai club? wire is one of those things it is good to learn hands on. John

 

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Re: Rocky Mountain Juniper
« Reply #14 on: September 01, 2009, 07:44 PM »
I am a member but we dont have any meetings scheduled.   I don't have any copper wire.  However, I do have aluminum.


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