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Species Specific => Shimpaku Juniper Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: John Kirby on September 10, 2012, 08:39 PM

Title: Itoigawa grafted San Jose
Post by: John Kirby on September 10, 2012, 08:39 PM
In 2005 (?) I did a workshop with Cheng Cheng Kung at GSBF in Anaheim California. I signed up at the convention and got the last tree. The workshop was using the single fiber carving technique, was an interesting session. The San Jose was pretty badly bar branched and really, really coarse. I looked at this tree for quite a while and finally in 2009 I did an approach graft using a shimpaku whip I had started from a cutting. No pictures of the early graft but this was one skinny little whip. Finally this spring I removed the base and roots (after a couple of years of whittling down the live part of the base) and repotted in this deep training pot. I have now done a quick base wiring to get the general form and to continue to reduce the San Jose foliage. One more piece to remove next year. I chose a more difficult front to take advantage of the carved trunk.

Before and after. A start.
Title: Re: Itoigawa grafted San Jose
Post by: Owen Reich on September 11, 2012, 02:41 AM
I like the new front.  More interesting for sure.
Title: Re: Itoigawa grafted San Jose
Post by: John Kirby on September 11, 2012, 07:33 AM
It was 2006, how the mind goes over time........