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nitnitsuj

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Juniper, Beginner
« on: April 20, 2011, 08:30 PM »
I Got this malsai ugly little thing from my aunt and believe there was something there
http://img69.imageshack.us/i/img4785kr.jpg/
Got rid of the little unwanted branches
http://img638.imageshack.us/i/img4791ft.jpg/
Did a first styling
http://img546.imageshack.us/i/img4826.jpg/
This is how it is now
http://img851.imageshack.us/i/img5815p.jpg/
What should I do now I do want to make more compact and which one of the branches should i leave what kind of deadwood should I leave?
Thanks you guys, btw this is my first conifer.
 

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Re: Juniper, Beginner
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2011, 09:41 PM »
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Re: Juniper, Beginner
« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2011, 12:27 AM »
I Got this malsai ugly little thing from my aunt and believe there was something there
(image 1)
Got rid of the little unwanted branches
(image 2)
Did a first styling
(image 3)
This is how it is now
(image 4)
What should I do now I do want to make more compact and which one of the branches should i leave what kind of deadwood should I leave?
Thanks you guys, btw this is my first conifer.
 

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Re: Juniper, Beginner
« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2011, 03:50 AM »
First, get all that moss and other "stuff" off of the soil. After that, just leave it alone for the next year.  The deadwood will be waiting for you.  The tree needs time to rest and grow strong and healthy now.  Nice agressive first styling.

Dave
 

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Re: Juniper, Beginner
« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2011, 11:32 AM »
Thanks Dave!
Yeah I'll take the crap on the top off, yeah it's been resting, with spring new shoots are coming out, when would it be advised to repot? I planing to just repot it eventually in a big plastic pot just for a while, when is the best time?
 

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Re: Juniper, Beginner
« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2011, 12:04 PM »
I was also thinking I should Compact it more because the trunk is still pretty long and not so thin.
 

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Re: Juniper, Beginner
« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2011, 12:27 PM »
It looks like you have all ready done quite a bit of work.  That is why i recommend letting the tree get very healthy before any more is done.  Where are you located, it will help members give you advice if you fill in some of your personal profile.  Also, are you keeping the tree outside?

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Re: Juniper, Beginner
« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2011, 02:30 PM »
Concord, California, USA at the moment, it is outside partial shade, get plenty of sun and I spray it often, summer here is HOT and VERY dry... I will update my profile.
 

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Re: Juniper, Beginner
« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2011, 04:27 PM »
Hello and welcome nitnitsuj.. I commend you on a nice first styling job..When I first saw the material I was like.. Hmmm... Lets see what is going to happen here..

Hotaction gave you good advice... This tree has had alot of work done to it and needs major rest... It looks like you took off about 50% of the tree.. This is considered a very large amount. For the next few weeks.. partial shade would be good or a couple of hours of morning sun... When it starts budding in maybe 4 weeks or so. You can start fertilizing.

As far a repotting. Your only option now would be to carefully remove it from the pot and put it in a larger pot with good bonsai soil all around it. Not disturbing the roots what so ever. If the soil is still draining well..you may want to hold off until next Spring.

For now, I would not touch anything on it..not even moving wire. Resist all urges to mess with it... Once again great job with this tree.
 

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Re: Juniper, Beginner
« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2011, 09:36 PM »
Thanks for all the complements and the for the constructive criticism, I agree with everything you guys said... Nice little comment "Resist all urges..." I would love to keep messing with it but I do understand the consequences, the tree looks healthy and good, excited to work on my new bonsais can't wait to post some more stuff and get your guys great advices again.

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