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Joshua Hanzman

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Re: Need help expanding my knowledge in Bonsai
« Reply #90 on: December 26, 2013, 09:19 PM »
a few more, I promise I won't bug ya that much more ;)

The last two pictures I changed around the settings, I think the B&W is good for seeing certain details hidden with color. Do you agree? Do you like photo 12's color scheme and vividness? I tried a new setting with that, is it better or worse than the rest?
 

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Re: Need help expanding my knowledge in Bonsai
« Reply #91 on: December 26, 2013, 09:20 PM »
this one and one more set of pictures, I promisE!!!
 

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« Reply #92 on: December 26, 2013, 09:23 PM »
these are the last of them, I really wanted to test out my camera, please let me know what you thought of the photography as well as the styling,...
 

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« Reply #93 on: December 26, 2013, 09:40 PM »
OK, now that you have wired, bent and twisted your tree and played around with your new camera, what are your plans for aftercare?

What you did is generally out of season and stresses the plant considerably, but it would also be a good idea to keep the tree alive to watch its development.

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Re: Need help expanding my knowledge in Bonsai
« Reply #94 on: December 26, 2013, 11:14 PM »
Welp, now that I have played around with my new camera, my aftercare plan is to move the tree into my unheated garage, where it will stay in the cold but out of the winds. I will also be misting it at least5 times a day. Although I did a lot of bending, I did not remove more than 10/15 percent of the foliage, I didn't need to, as I had already trimmed a bit in spring/summer. As far as aftercare really that's all I can think of, any advice otherwise would be awesome...
 

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« Reply #95 on: December 26, 2013, 11:21 PM »
Joshua,

I would NOT let the tree freeze. In fact, I'd bring it inside in a cool area with plenty of light and get it growing as soon as possible. No fertilizing. I don't think misting it in the cold garage would really be beneficial.

Good luckā€¦

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Re: Need help expanding my knowledge in Bonsai
« Reply #96 on: December 26, 2013, 11:27 PM »
Joshua, there is a tremendous amount of information available here and elsewhere. The thing that is most apparent about your Juniper is that it is a scaled foliage variety, there is a little on this tree evidenced in your pictures. This tree has predominately juvenile ( needle type) foliage. Scale foliage is a sign that the tree is thriving and happy. When these trees are doing really well, there is very little juvenile foliage. This plant was not very happy, before you tied it in a knot. It may have been unhappy for a number of reasons, over pruning , pinching, disease, poor roots because they are still in trade planting mix , overwatering due to reduced foliage mass, etc.

So, the lesson here is not that you can't buy reasonable material if you shop in Big Box stores vs from bonsai vendors, the point is that you have be sure that your trees are strong and healthy before you work on them. Buy, repot and fix the roots.

Additionally, while you can wire many species now in the temperate north , you really should leave the highly stressful work for when the tree is.growing or is in a midsummer torpor , waiting to pop again. I understand the impatience, we all have it, but I would suggest joining a club, hanging out with some of us geezers , sift through the information you gather and move forward, you have the most important pieces, intellect , curiosity and enthusiasm, now you just need some info to fill in the spaces.

Sorce , I adopted the Kermit avatar during the election in 12, the prior decade, and maybe tomorrow?, my avatar has always been a Rottweiler. We have owned and bred them so long I have adopted many of their social graces.

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« Reply #97 on: December 27, 2013, 06:54 AM »
John,
   Nice. No one is creeping into your garden! The election In 12? That looks like a G W Bush move, the Kermit. Lol
How long does it take the needle to go scale? From juvenile?

Josh,
   I think the bend technique is good. Time will tell.

So here is my Xmas tree. I got photos throughout, but not too good. I looked up an article about winter cuttings taking, so I got a couple where anything interesting was going on. I decided to keep this indoors till spring.

When I got down to my basic "beginning", I figured it was worth the risk to repot it out of the clay. Too soggy for inside. There is one root, the largest, that curves and is ugly, but new roots are growing over it at about the same size and height of the other smaller roots that make up the nebari.  If they thicken up, I will be happy. Unfortunately, no pics through the process of hacking the mass off the bottom. I took off about the same % of roots as crown. Had it out for a long time and beat it up good. If it survives, I will give myself an aftercare award.

 

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« Reply #98 on: December 27, 2013, 07:01 AM »
A few more.
 

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« Reply #99 on: December 27, 2013, 07:07 AM »
More.
 

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« Reply #100 on: December 27, 2013, 07:16 AM »
Please note my bending bobber. To put a little distance between those 2 trunks.   :D

Guy wired for access now, and for movement testing, I should be able to get the smaller Trunks going where I want them again later.
 

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« Reply #101 on: December 27, 2013, 07:27 AM »
I'll get a few better final shots in a while. Cock-a doodle-doo.

I need to change the height of those bobber trunks, to get them shorter than the main one.

How the cuts heal, or don't heal, will determine whether deadwood is featured or hidden.

 

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Re: Need help expanding my knowledge in Bonsai
« Reply #102 on: December 27, 2013, 07:48 AM »
By the way, I was gonna get the Makita, but ended up with the Dremel 4000. I am pretty happy with its abilities.

I wish these could be better, 1/4 turns all the way.



 

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« Reply #103 on: December 27, 2013, 08:17 AM »
Future. Likely without that low branch.

 

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« Reply #104 on: January 11, 2014, 08:04 AM »
2 weeks later, the Boxwood is pushing new growth. 

I have it on a table about three inches above a radiator. It gets afternoon sun, and a little fluorescent likely to no effect.
It has been sink soaked twice after initial repot. And sprinkle watered 2-3 times. Wow that's a lot in 2 weeks, the heat dries it fast.

So I'm advocating wrong season removal from clay. The benefits have outweighed the risk in this case.

 I'm glad to have participed in this adventure of learning.

And will do it again every x_mas. Next year Picea too. And 2 boxwoods!

How goes it Josh? And what about that Sumo?

Sorce