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DorianJF

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I had purchased a Juniperus procumbens 'Nana' from a nursery about 3 years ago with the plan to bonsai the tree.

It had been standing in the bag from the nursery under a bush in the garden and I never got round to it. Eventually I took it out and it had grown "wild" for lack of a better word.

So I broke it up and planted some of the workable pieces into separate pots.

The one tree (I believe) has potential to be a very nice cascade bonsai but I want to ensure that I start it off on the right direction.

Any advice on when is the best time to start styling / wiring etc and what is the best way to go about it.

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Re: Juniperus procumbens 'Nana' - When and how to do first styling
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2015, 10:18 AM »
I'd suggest you look for your tree in here and forget about the "tails" (except as material for cuttings.

 

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Re: Juniperus procumbens 'Nana' - When and how to do first styling
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2015, 03:55 AM »
Thanks so much J

I will look at that.
 

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Re: Juniperus procumbens 'Nana' - When and how to do first styling
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2015, 09:37 AM »
I found this pic on the net of a Juniper that has just been wired and I believe that it is a good basis for me to copy.

Your thoughts?

Also I was wondering as to why one would take off majority of the leaves / needles and only leave a minimal amount on the tips

Picture credit to Buncey Bonsai
 

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Re: Juniperus procumbens 'Nana' - When and how to do first styling
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2015, 10:55 AM »
As to removing the majority of the leaves, that tree will become weakened very soon.  Junipers don't take kindly to having that much (...that little) foliage usually. 

 

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Re: Juniperus procumbens 'Nana' - When and how to do first styling
« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2015, 11:03 AM »
Thanks so much

Thought as much but wasn't really sure.
 

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Re: Juniperus procumbens 'Nana' - When and how to do first styling
« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2015, 03:28 PM »
What that picture tells us is to stay away from Buncy Bonsai!
 

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Re: Juniperus procumbens 'Nana' - When and how to do first styling
« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2015, 03:18 AM »
 ;D ;D ;D
 

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Re: Juniperus procumbens 'Nana' - When and how to do first styling
« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2015, 03:32 PM »
This is middle to late summer for you. As Wayne said, don't prune too much, I would guess up to a third at any one time as a loose guideline. If it was just repotted in Spring of 2014, I might just leave it grow the rest of this season, work on it next year, Spring 2015 or Summer of 2016. Though I come from a much colder climate than you, so I need to be more conservative. Advice from California growers of Juniper might be more appropriate climate wise for your conditions.

As winter approaches, and sap flow decreases, would be a good time for radical wiring and bending. If you want to create the "Yamadori Shohin Juniper" this winter would be a good time to take one of the long tails and twist it, coil it and scrunch it up. Wire movement into all the branches. Read Al's blog archives for a how to make a yamadori looking juniper shohin from a young juniper. https://bonsaial.wordpress.com/juniper/

It is mid-winter, and sitting on my desk is a juniper I pulled out of cold storage to wire up. It is in a 4 inch pot, so it is not taking much space. Ill take pictures and share when I get to it.

hope this helps
 

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Re: Juniperus procumbens 'Nana' - When and how to do first styling
« Reply #9 on: February 02, 2015, 02:38 AM »
Hi Leo

Most definitely.  Thanks so much.  Really appreciate it.

 

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Re: Juniperus procumbens 'Nana' - When and how to do first styling
« Reply #10 on: February 14, 2015, 09:29 AM »
So I could not wait for winter to come so I got stuck in and worked on this.

Pic 1 - Before
Pic 2 - Wired
Pic 3 - Branch done
 

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Re: Juniperus procumbens 'Nana' - When and how to do first styling
« Reply #11 on: February 14, 2015, 09:33 AM »
2nd Branch

Wired and bent
 

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Re: Juniperus procumbens 'Nana' - When and how to do first styling
« Reply #12 on: February 14, 2015, 09:38 AM »
Pic 1 - Final Branch
Pic 2 - Wired
Pic 3 - Twisted
Pic 4 - End result.  :)

Thoughts?
 

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Re: Juniperus procumbens 'Nana' - When and how to do first styling
« Reply #13 on: February 14, 2015, 09:39 AM »
Final pic of the back view.