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General Category => General Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: DorianJF on January 28, 2015, 02:24 AM

Title: Juniperus procumbens 'Nana' - When and how to do first styling
Post by: DorianJF on January 28, 2015, 02:24 AM
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.

Thanks
Title: Re: Juniperus procumbens 'Nana' - When and how to do first styling
Post by: J.Kent 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.

Title: Re: Juniperus procumbens 'Nana' - When and how to do first styling
Post by: DorianJF on January 29, 2015, 03:55 AM
Thanks so much J

I will look at that.
Title: Re: Juniperus procumbens 'Nana' - When and how to do first styling
Post by: DorianJF 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
Title: Re: Juniperus procumbens 'Nana' - When and how to do first styling
Post by: bwaynef 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. 

Title: Re: Juniperus procumbens 'Nana' - When and how to do first styling
Post by: DorianJF on January 29, 2015, 11:03 AM
Thanks so much

Thought as much but wasn't really sure.
Title: Re: Juniperus procumbens 'Nana' - When and how to do first styling
Post by: J.Kent on January 29, 2015, 03:28 PM
What that picture tells us is to stay away from Buncy Bonsai!
Title: Re: Juniperus procumbens 'Nana' - When and how to do first styling
Post by: DorianJF on January 30, 2015, 03:18 AM
 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Juniperus procumbens 'Nana' - When and how to do first styling
Post by: Leo in NE Illinois 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/ (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
Title: Re: Juniperus procumbens 'Nana' - When and how to do first styling
Post by: DorianJF on February 02, 2015, 02:38 AM
Hi Leo

Most definitely.  Thanks so much.  Really appreciate it.

Title: Re: Juniperus procumbens 'Nana' - When and how to do first styling
Post by: DorianJF 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
Title: Re: Juniperus procumbens 'Nana' - When and how to do first styling
Post by: DorianJF on February 14, 2015, 09:33 AM
2nd Branch

Wired and bent
Title: Re: Juniperus procumbens 'Nana' - When and how to do first styling
Post by: DorianJF on February 14, 2015, 09:38 AM
Pic 1 - Final Branch
Pic 2 - Wired
Pic 3 - Twisted
Pic 4 - End result.  :)

Thoughts?
Title: Re: Juniperus procumbens 'Nana' - When and how to do first styling
Post by: DorianJF on February 14, 2015, 09:39 AM
Final pic of the back view.