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Species Specific => Shimpaku Juniper Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: boon on September 28, 2010, 03:22 AM

Title: Hatanaka shimpaku
Post by: boon on September 28, 2010, 03:22 AM
i worked on several Hatanaka's san jose and prostrata juniper.  but this one is shimpaku.  it probably is about 50-70 yo.
thining old needle, light pruning and wiring.

the tree is old and the owner let it grow the whole year.  it is a good thing to do.  it is not that healthy yet.  we will repot next year and get it in a good soil.
Title: Re: Hatanaka shimpaku
Post by: MatsuBonsai on September 29, 2010, 10:09 AM
Really nice, Boon.  What's the size of this one?  How many hours did it take you?
Title: Re: Hatanaka shimpaku
Post by: bwaynef on September 29, 2010, 10:20 AM
Its interesting to me how much bigger the tree looks after its been styled compared to the before.

Also, you mention its not healthy yet.  What cues are you looking for?
Title: Re: Hatanaka shimpaku
Post by: boon on September 29, 2010, 10:28 AM
Really nice, Boon.  What's the size of this one?  How many hours did it take you?

it is about 24" tall.  one man tree(not a big man>>LOL)  it takes about 2 hours to clean up and another 8 hours of wiring.
there are fewer shimpaku from Hatanaka.    in the past i worked on mostly prostrata.
it is a good project.

Title: Re: Hatanaka shimpaku
Post by: boon on September 29, 2010, 10:44 AM
Its interesting to me how much bigger the tree looks after its been styled compared to the before.

Also, you mention its not healthy yet.  What cues are you looking for?

first the runner(long spikey growth).  the more you have the stronger it get.  you can see articles in BCI or ABS that Bjorn work on.  you see that the tree had a lot of long whip before he worked on.
this tree does not have it yeet.  it is strarting.
 
second the soil is solid block of old dirt.around the core.  root cannot grow in that condition.

but fortunately, the owner let it grow for a whole year without pinching.  yes, without pinching.
that make the tree grow stronger.