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Evergreen Bonsai Discussion / Re: Need Style suggestion on a Green Mountain Juniper
« Last post by lehua13 on December 05, 2017, 08:52 PM »
Snip,
Thanks.  It is something I am thinking about.  I am growing in the cascade.  I maybe want to jin one of the cascade branches.  The one I may keep, I think I will shorten when some back growth fills in or gets bigger.  Meanwhile I can shape the top mound.
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General Bonsai Discussion / Re: Beginner
« Last post by Jay on December 04, 2017, 05:55 PM »
Welcome..... May I suggest:
Please don't continue to include the pictures in each and every post.
Please enter into the Profile section a little about yourself......where you are for example..... And don't worry I'm not planning on visiting.
J
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General Bonsai Discussion / Re: Beginner
« Last post by mav17_mus95 on December 04, 2017, 11:09 AM »
Here are some more pics of them...





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Hi,
First off, most bonsai trees are kept outdoors.  They do not do well indoors because there simply is not enough light.
Just using an atomizer on the tree is a sure way to eventually kill it.  The trees need to be watered whenever the soil becomes dry to the touch.  The soil should never completely dry out.  In the summer, this may mean watering the tree a couple of times per day (depending how hot it gets where you live, tree being in direct sun, etc.). There are a lot of bonsai books and websites out there.  I would recommend Sunset’s bonsai book to get you going.  A great site for bonsai is https://live.bonsaimirai.com. Good archive for caring for various bonsai.  They have a new videos all the time.
Check to see if there is a bonsai club in your area.  They can be a great place for advice, contacts, etc.


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I already took it out to de garden. Well that’s a start, I’ll take a look at the web page.

Thank!


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General Bonsai Discussion / Re: wintering in Iowa zone 5A
« Last post by snipologist on December 04, 2017, 04:22 AM »
Hi Ronzog.  I am in Northern Illinois and also zone 5a.  The simplest way to winter your trees for now at least is to mulch them in.  This should be done when night temps are going to be below freezing but before we reach nights in the mid to low 20's.  Usually around Thanksgiving for me.  Water the trees the day before you are going to winter them.  Place the trees on the ground in the shade.  If there is a building or fence or something to block some wind all the better.  Cover with a loose mulch like pine bark mulch so that the pots and soil are covered over.  Conifer foliage should not be covered in the mulch.  Keep it exposed.  Bare branches of deciduous trees can be covered if needed.  It is best to water the mulch when you finish.  This helps prevent rodents such as mice from burrowing into it and perhaps feeding on the tree bark.  Usually there will be enough snow to keep trees hydrated.  For starting with outdoor trees I would suggest maples, elms, junipers, and yews.  Save the pines for later when you have more experience. 

I have been doing bonsai since 1986 and am still learning so don't be afraid to ask questions.  That is what this forum is for.
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The cascade section looks to be much weaker than the upright part.  This is not uncommon for cascade style trees.  The upright part looks vigorous and healthy.  I think you should remove the cascade and make it into a short, stubby jin.
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General Bonsai Discussion / Re: Beginner
« Last post by mtrac on December 03, 2017, 04:46 PM »
Here are some more pics of them...





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Hi,
First off, most bonsai trees are kept outdoors.  They do not do well indoors because there simply is not enough light.
Just using an atomizer on the tree is a sure way to eventually kill it.  The trees need to be watered whenever the soil becomes dry to the touch.  The soil should never completely dry out.  In the summer, this may mean watering the tree a couple of times per day (depending how hot it gets where you live, tree being in direct sun, etc.). There are a lot of bonsai books and websites out there.  I would recommend Sunset’s bonsai book to get you going.  A great site for bonsai is https://live.bonsaimirai.com. Good archive for caring for various bonsai.  They have a new videos all the time.
Check to see if there is a bonsai club in your area.  They can be a great place for advice, contacts, etc.


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Evergreen Bonsai Discussion / Re: Need Style suggestion on a Green Mountain Juniper
« Last post by lehua13 on December 03, 2017, 11:55 AM »
Jay,
Thanks for the reply.  The pic was okay on my hard drive but rotated 90 degrees when posted.  What did I do wrong?  How do I control how the pic is placed?
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General Bonsai Discussion / Re: Beginner
« Last post by mav17_mus95 on December 02, 2017, 10:51 AM »
Here are some more pics of them...





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General Bonsai Discussion / Beginner
« Last post by mav17_mus95 on December 02, 2017, 10:46 AM »
Hi, I just started out with gardening in general and while buying some trees I got dazzled by a couple of bonsais.

Now I want to get as much info so I can care for them properly. I was instructed to water them daily with an atomizer, which I’ve been doing so far. Any help will be much appreciated.



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Evergreen Bonsai Discussion / Re: Need Style suggestion on a Green Mountain Juniper
« Last post by Jay on November 24, 2017, 10:04 AM »
Greetings, hard to see with pic...on side and not closeup, ut, I would look at removing the cascade and leaving the remainder as an upright. Looks like it has nice movement.....
my two cents
J
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