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LarryAldrich

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Blue Cedar
« on: October 13, 2014, 12:35 AM »
My friend JasonE and I wired this guy up over the weekend. Here is a before and after shoot. I'm planing to repot it this spring into a training pot and let it grow a while.  I tried to leave the root hook in there for reference size. 
Let me know what you think,

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Larry Aldrich
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Re: Blue Cedar
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2014, 08:28 AM »
Nice start, are you planning on tilting the tree to make into more of a cascade? Or bending the trunk?  I fear it looks out of balance right now, but maybe you have a plan to fix that.
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LarryAldrich

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Re: Blue Cedar
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2014, 01:22 PM »
We debated the tilted planting angle. I've kept it on a wedge all summer. Here it is on the wedge.

Your thoughts are appreciated.

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Re: Blue Cedar
« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2014, 02:05 PM »
Better. Make it look like it is crawling over the edge. Nice work.
 

LarryAldrich

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Re: Blue Cedar
« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2014, 01:26 AM »
Turns out I really like blue trees. I picked this one up at my local bonsai nursery a couple of weeks ago. I'm debating on rewiring it for practice. Right now I'm trying to decide on a front. Any thoughts? 

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LarryAldrich

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Re: Blue Cedar
« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2014, 02:07 AM »
What is the minimum temperature cedar bonsai can take? I'm in Seattle and have purchased a couple as pre-bonsai. They are in nursery pots with a mixture of field soil and bonsai soil. It's my first winter with them and would hate to see them die. Our current lows are around freezing with daytime highs around 44f.

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Re: Blue Cedar
« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2014, 10:15 AM »
Hi Larry, I really like the first image for a front best for the shape of the tree.  What does the nebari look like?  That may enter into it if there is something good going on down there. 

I can tell you that I have an atlas cedar that stays in my cold storage house all winter here in the cold midwest.  I provide bottom heat so the rootballs may freeze occasionally in the very coldest weather, but mostly stay just above freezing.  This one has probably had temps down around 20 with no problems. 

Nice looking tree, good find!
 

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Re: Blue Cedar
« Reply #7 on: November 13, 2014, 01:26 PM »
What is the minimum temperature cedar bonsai can take? I'm in Seattle and have purchased a couple as pre-bonsai. They are in nursery pots with a mixture of field soil and bonsai soil. It's my first winter with them and would hate to see them die. Our current lows are around freezing with daytime highs around 44f.

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Larry Aldrich
Seattle WA

I've kept mine on the ground (in semi-cascade and standard nursery pots) and have never had any problems. I am not sure if it is necessary for you, but simply mounding mulch, sawdust, straw, or the like, around the pot should be all your Atlas cedars need to get through the winter.
 

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Re: Blue Cedar
« Reply #8 on: November 13, 2014, 11:57 PM »
Thanks all, for your input. I have plenty of trees that I don't give any winter protection until we are in near 25 degrees F. Ill try not to baby these too much.