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General Category => Evergreen Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: Tona on August 09, 2011, 07:20 PM

Title: New twin trunk Shimpaku
Post by: Tona on August 09, 2011, 07:20 PM
He all,
I picked up this twin trunk Shimpaku at my club auction for $35. It stands 27 inches from the soil. It was in a cracked/broken pot so I slip-potted it into a pot of the same size. Any styling ideas would be appreciated.
Tona
Title: Re: New twin trunk Shimpaku
Post by: MatsuBonsai on August 09, 2011, 07:36 PM
Looks to be in a too-small pot and/or planted too high.  What kind of soil?  What's your experience with bonsai?  Where are you located?

Styling might be better left until you get the chance to properly repot.
Title: Re: New twin trunk Shimpaku
Post by: Tona on August 09, 2011, 07:54 PM
I am mostly self taught recently joining a Bonsai club here in California (5 months ago). I have been working on mostly junipers for 15 years. Since I only slip potted the tree into a same size pot, the soil was basically untouched. The roots are healthy but will need a re-pot and haircut. The tree was owned by a person in my club and the soil drains well but the roots are pretty full. I did add a bit of my own mix (1/3 Pumice, 1/3 Turface, 1/6 pine bark, 1/6 cactus soil) to firm up the tree in the pot. I use some organic because it gets so hot here (90 - 100). I am planning on re-potting in the spring. I think I want to use an oval pot and center the tree a bit more.
This tree has very nice gnarly bark but is a bit leggy. I have yet to work on a twin trunk tree. I own about 20 trees currently, mostly junipers and a couple JBP's. I'm just looking for some styling input, I know the pictures are not great.
Thanks for the reply,
Tona
Title: Re: New twin trunk Shimpaku
Post by: MatsuBonsai on August 10, 2011, 03:58 PM
Which trunk is thicker, bigger, stronger?  That will likely be the taller of the 2 in your design.  I would suggest changing the planting angle some so that the slingshot effect is minimized.  Perhaps more upright for your main trunk, with the secondary trunk coming out at more of an angle.

You might also consider adding more movement into one or both trunks.  As it sits both look to be fairly straight with little taper. 
Title: Re: New twin trunk Shimpaku
Post by: Tona on August 10, 2011, 04:19 PM
Thanks for the input John,
I agree that the tree needs to rotate in order to get rid of the "slingshot" effect. One of the trunks has some movement (not easy to see in the poor photo). I did some minor work on it today, mostly cleaning and a bit of wiring. A lot of junk in the foliage was removed. The trunks are very similar in girth but one has some interesting shari from the roots and up about 4-5 inches. I think that one will be the dominant or front tree. I'm not sure if I should shorten the rear tree yet. I will try and post better pictures with different angles soon. I also think that the tree is potted too far to one side and that the pot should be wider and possibly oval.
Thanks,
Tona (Steve)
Title: Re: New twin trunk Shimpaku
Post by: Tona on August 11, 2011, 03:53 PM
Here are a couple pics after cleaning, partial wiring and placement. The first is basically the new front (there are some eye pokers but I still like this view best). The second is the old front. The third is the old back. Any comments or suggestions are welcome.
Thanks,
Tona
Title: Re: New twin trunk Shimpaku
Post by: MatsuBonsai on August 12, 2011, 11:49 AM
I would wait until Spring at the earliest for more work.  First, repot properly into a more appropriate pot.

Look into Boon's DVDs for instruction on potting and wiring if you're looking for guidance.  The repotting Japanese Black Pine offers good advice for most conifers.  I also hear there's a juniper DVD in the works.

http://www.bonsaiboon.com/pages/shopping.html (http://www.bonsaiboon.com/pages/shopping.html)