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Steven

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Pinching problem
« on: May 06, 2010, 10:31 AM »
Got a question on pinching new growth on junipers. More specific Shimpaku. Is there another way to pinch new growth besides fingers and fingernails? I ask because I've come to the conclusion that I have a weak spot on my left index(I'm left-handed) finger. With my Shimpakus this is my 4th time pinching and every time I put a gash in my index finger. I only apply enough pressure that allows my thumbnail to pinch through the foliage. After only a couple of minutes I get the gash. I have tried using bandaids and tape to cover my finger and it is no use. It still gashes open. I know I can cut the new growth but this leaves the cut areas brown and looks unsightly. Any tips or ideas are welcome. Thanks!
 

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Re: Pinching problem
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2010, 11:34 AM »
why are you pinching your shimpakus? Are they very mature and ready to show/display?
 

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Re: Pinching problem
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2010, 12:22 PM »
No not by any means are they ready for show/display. I am keeping them small and compact. I do not want them growing large, out of proportions(if they are in proportions). These are mainly small(shohin) sized junipers. I am wanting to use them in a saikei type setting. They could be used singularly but that is not why I bought them. Is there another way to control growth from getting leggy without pruning? If you need pics of what they look like I can provide that. Won't be doing much more anyway since I got my righthand fileted open by one of our cats. A stray mother dog has showed up and I was trying to get one our cats away before the dog got near and as I picked the cat up the dog jumped up at the cat and the cat ripped the top of my hand. So my abilities are screwed for today.
 

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Re: Pinching problem
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2010, 02:42 PM »
Pinching is a very stressful exercise for our little bonsai friends. Boon really stresses that you need to let your junipers grow and develop them by selective pruning- then when you are getting ready to "finish them up" for a display, then you pinch to increase density. Allowing them to elongate and then get lignified will allow you to prune back and start again with much less stress on the tree- then you don't get these little "Christmas ornament" ball junipers you frequently see.

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Re: Pinching problem
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2010, 04:28 PM »
OK, here are subjects in question. These 4 are 6" or less in height and I don't want them to get any taller. As I said I plan on using these in a saikei planting....a small one. Are these "Christmas ball" type? Do I need to open them up more? Suggestions? I have a much larger Shimpaku also that I've been pinching until I know where to go with it.
 

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« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2010, 06:00 AM »
AH, yep, starting to look like little ornaments (don't worry, we all have them). The bottom picture shows it well, pinching over longer periods of time results slender branches with  a little tuft of foliage at the ned- look at the bottom right branch. This can be fixed by first wiring the branches and then allowing them to grow out. in the all you can prune back to wood at about the right length. Be patient, allowing them to grow a bit will stimulate back budding on "wood" after you prune them- assuming that you have fertilized, etc. And if done correctly, they won't revert to juvenile foliage.

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Re: Pinching problem
« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2010, 06:05 AM »
Thanks John!  :) Now if you will excuse me I must get ready for work and collect moss on my down time.  ;D LOL
 

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Re: Pinching problem
« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2010, 02:29 PM »
Steven, go see Boon's post under shohin- he explains and shows the correct approach. John
 

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Re: Pinching problem
« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2010, 08:36 AM »
Steven,  you'll have better results pinching if you don't use your fingernails.  Hold the frond with one hand and use the pads of two fingers to pinch/pull with the other hand.
 

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Re: Pinching problem
« Reply #9 on: June 02, 2010, 07:51 PM »
Thanks Serissa. I will keep that in mind. Course my "pads" are pretty large :)