Author Topic: Juniper Prostrata  (Read 3671 times)

joe cervantes

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Juniper Prostrata
« on: December 26, 2009, 12:39 AM »
My Juniper that I did at a club workshop last month.I have been given a few ideas as to what to do with it, but I am still not sure of where I want to go with this. Its been a blast to work on so far. My best effort so far in my 6 months into Bonsai.I could just use it as a practice tree for now. I still want to learn about wiring the secondary branches, detailed wiring, bending larger branches,how to find live viens when I do jin and shari,developing pads, etc.I just bought the Bonsai Today Master Series on Junipers. Great book. Thanks, Joe
 

ChrisM

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Re: Juniper Prostrata
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2009, 07:44 AM »
good start joe! one thing to try to remember is to leave yourself some branches in the back to work with for depth. as far as this tree goes, as a practice tree, it has some potential. the trunk could use some more movement, so depending on the thickness, you could mess around with rafia and do some crazy bending to give it character. i'd start there and then leave it alone for a couple years, either overpot or plant it in the ground and see what it brings you to work with. keep learning!! the net is invaluable as a resource. you'll find some differing opinions on a lot of topics, but you'll be able to work those opinions into your way of thinking and your approach to bonsai. keep posting so we can see how you and the trees progress!

chris
 

joe cervantes

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Re: Juniper Prostrata
« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2009, 06:23 PM »
Thanks for the reply Chris. I really love this tree. Looking forward to doing more work on it.I think I want to start with bending and do more wiring. When is the best time of year to do any drastic/crazy bending?I will keep ya posted.          Thanks, Joe
 

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Re: Juniper Prostrata
« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2009, 11:04 AM »
i'd let it rest til spring. for now, heres a good link to start with, http://www.bonsai4me.com/SpeciesGuide/Juniperus.html. patience is key, so during all that down time, read and learn as much as you can. you don't want to be that guy with over a hundred trees within a year and several years later only have one of that bunch left. (me :-\) hehe. the more you learn from the start the better off your trees will be for it.
 

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Re: Juniper Prostrata
« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2009, 11:07 AM »
btw, if you're in the same club as Thomas Mozden (sp?) then you have an invaluable resource right in front of you. if not, look him up through some of these forums and maybe nurseries down there, he is incredible.
 

joe cervantes

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Re: Juniper Prostrata
« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2009, 11:14 AM »
Thanks for the link. I looked at our club member roster and didnt find him on there. I will do a search and see what I can come up with. Do you have pics of your trees? what kind do you work on? Thanks for your help,      Joe
 

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Re: Juniper Prostrata
« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2009, 12:50 PM »
joe, i have moved several time in the past couple years and lost some good trees because of it. i am now sticking to mostly native species up here in new england, so it will be some time before anything of quality is ready to show, but maybe in the spring i'll have some good pics for you.
 

dorothy schmitz

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Re: Juniper Prostrata
« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2009, 04:37 PM »
I just posted my suggestion on another forum.. This is very young material, it does need lots of growth and maturing. If I had to style the tree  n o w and plan its future direction I would consider doing something like this:




 

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Re: Juniper Prostrata
« Reply #8 on: January 01, 2010, 11:01 AM »
nice virt dorothy, great idea for the here and now! :D