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mlogan37

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Juniper opinions
« on: February 11, 2012, 05:20 PM »
This is the first tree I am posting here.  I have been hesitant to share because there are so many beautiful trees posted.  I guess I am asking for advice on this one.  I went a little crazy with the shears and wire and hopefully improved the overall appearance.  If you have any advice please shoot it my way.  I have some jin work to do, but I am out of time for today. 
 

mlogan37

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Re: Juniper opinions
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2012, 05:22 PM »
maybe this one will come through a little bigger
 

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Re: Juniper opinions
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2012, 09:31 PM »
Thanks for posting your tree, it looks like you're on the way with an interesting literari style juniper. Let it grow and get strong. What kind of medium is it planted in?
 

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Re: Juniper opinions
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2012, 06:51 AM »
Mlogan, Welcome. First...
Post all the trees you like and ask all the questions you want. This forum has many excellent artist and it also has many excellent learners. You will learn from reading and viewing others but questions on your own trees will give you more results.

As for this tree it look interesting. I do not know your growing conditions and thus may be incorrect but I think you are being impatient with this tree. Patience is the key. Move slowly, you have done alot already, give this tree some time to rest.

my 2 cents
J
 

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Re: Juniper opinions
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2012, 09:20 AM »
Are you able to bend the trunk any, or is the wood too hard already?
 

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« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2012, 10:44 AM »
I like where you're going with this!

I also agree with the others that you probably need to let it rest to absorb what you've done.

Sometime in the future you may want to think about:

The second branch on the right.  It's too heavy.  It looks like it's really the extension of the trunk.  I would remove it, or jin it and slim it down so that it looks much lighter.  It's folliage is on the same level as the first branch on the left, and it makes the composition took too "flat".

I'm only seeing the one view, so I can't be sure, but it looks like you took the first branch, and it goes back, then curled it around to the left to bring it forward where it crosses the front?  Think about just letting it be a back branch.

Whatever you do, be sure to take pictures and post your progress!


 

mlogan37

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Re: Juniper opinions
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2012, 07:39 AM »
Thank you for the welcome.  I figured I wouldn't be re potting this for a while, just thought I would put it out there for some advice.  I live in Southwest Florida, so until this little cold front that reared up this weekend all of my plants have been thinking spring arrived.  As had I.  I have had this tree sitting on my bench for a year to try and come up with something.  It is about 17 inches tall.  I can still bend the trunk, although I might wait on that for a bit. So if you see someplace that could use an interesting bend I would be open to it.  If you think a branch should be removed, I am open to it.  This is a club plant that my club gave up on.  At the time I was the only person that had any interest in junipers.  I am interested on advice on how to get junipers to become really vigorous down here. 
 

mlogan37

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Re: Juniper opinions
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2012, 07:45 AM »
Thank you again for all of your posts. 
 

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« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2012, 08:34 AM »
mlogan, I feel the same way about posting trees on this site, but it's a great learning site.  Maybe now I'll get brave and jump in the pool.  Thanks for testing out the water!  I think it's a nice direction for your tree.  Good job so far.
 

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« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2012, 08:57 PM »
Welcome to Bonsai Study Group.  You came to a good place for feedback.  This site is the most focused one I've found.  As for the juniper, it has the makings of a nice bunjin one day for it's current size.  I would leave the tree alone for a while.  Perhaps this Fall, I'd remove all but the apex and furthest left branch.  The whole right side is too heavy for that point of the tree.  Try covering that section with a plastic bag or rag.  That section will make a good Jin as the wood will be hard and old enough.  Bunjin style is one that I grow more and more interested in by the day.  While this tree may appear a bit "rough" right now, it does have the right stuff long term.  I would enlist the help of someone experienced with detail wiring and set the framework for the apex at least for the first wiring. 
 

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« Reply #10 on: February 13, 2012, 10:10 PM »
Welcome to Bonsai Study Group.  You came to a good place for feedback.  This site is the most focused one I've found.  As for the juniper, it has the makings of a nice bunjin one day for it's current size.  I would leave the tree alone for a while.  Perhaps this Fall, I'd remove all but the apex and furthest left branch.  The whole right side is too heavy for that point of the tree.  Try covering that section with a plastic bag or rag.  That section will make a good Jin as the wood will be hard and old enough.  Bunjin style is one that I grow more and more interested in by the day.  While this tree may appear a bit "rough" right now, it does have the right stuff long term.  I would enlist the help of someone experienced with detail wiring and set the framework for the apex at least for the first wiring. 
 

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Re: Juniper opinions
« Reply #11 on: March 14, 2012, 05:58 AM »
beautiful...simply beautiful..

this is my first post here, and I don't mean to hijack your thread..but how old is this juniper?  your tree (as well as many others on this site) has inspired me  :)
 

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Re: Juniper opinions
« Reply #12 on: April 26, 2012, 10:08 AM »
 I have no idea about the age of the tree.  I was given the tree two years ago by my club because at the time noone else wanted anything to do with junipers.  I bent the trunk the first year and left it alone on the second.  It has grown more in the past month than in the previous two years unfortunately all juvenile growth.  I would love to know how to work on these buggers without promoting this type of growth, but for now I guess I will just wait it out.  Recommendations anyone?
 

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Re: Juniper opinions
« Reply #13 on: April 26, 2012, 05:20 PM »
Juvenile growth is typically a reaction to stress. Get/keep it healthy. Don't pinch. Let it grow out. Takes about 2 years to replace.
 

mlogan37

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Re: Juniper opinions
« Reply #14 on: April 30, 2012, 07:22 AM »
Matsu thanks for the tip/timeframe.  So in removing half of the trees foilage it appears I have stressed? or stimulated? a surge of this juvenille growth.  I think I may need to pick up Boons juniper video.  It seems like if I look at junipers wrong  they rebel.  Thank you again.