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mikemet

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My Baby Shimpaku
« on: April 04, 2013, 07:10 AM »
Hi there

I recently purchased a Shimpaku Itoigawa Juniper from rochester ny.  Its a really nice tree but being a newbie that I am.... and thinking about just leaving it alone...I dont want to miss out an opportunity to do something early with the tree to develop the shape. 


I know I can wire the trunk a bit and possibly straighten out and curve a few branches that are large, or just leave them and let it grow.    What would the experts suggest here.  I can get more pics up if needed. 

Thanks in advance
 

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Re: My Baby Shimpaku
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2013, 08:30 AM »
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Re: My Baby Shimpaku
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2013, 10:10 AM »
Yes, leave it alone and let it grow.   You could wire the whips for shape if you want, but leave the roots alone.  Just feed the heck out of it this yr and maybe a few more.
 

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My Baby Shimpaku
« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2013, 10:57 AM »
Hi there

I recently purchased a Shimpaku Itoigawa Juniper from rochester ny.  Its a really nice tree but being a newbie that I am.... and thinking about just leaving it alone...I dont want to miss out an opportunity to do something early with the tree to develop the shape. 

I know I can wire the trunk a bit and possibly straighten out and curve a few branches that are large, or just leave them and let it grow.    What would the experts suggest here.  I can get more pics up if needed.

Thanks in advance
 

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Re: My Baby Shimpaku
« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2013, 01:21 PM »
Sir:

The plant already has decent trunk movement and there are alot of choices, branches, for the second section of your trunk.

You could plan a design by following the trunkline at the bottom and up and out through one, or more, of the branches/branchlets, to create your trunkline. Some folks also make sketches. However at this time it will only be daydreaming because the plant is young. Don't prune, maximum growth comes from maximum foliage. Also, keeping the branches will provide options to change your design. Best to leave it alone for a few seasons and maybe get some more plants.

If you need help with them trunkline concept google Brent Walsten's "Nurseryman" blog. Brent is the proprietor of Evergreen Gardenworks Nursery.

Otherwise, follow Mr. Chrisl's instructions. BTW - you chose one of the very best species for bonsai.

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Augustine
central MD 7a
 

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Re: My Baby Shimpaku
« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2013, 02:34 PM »
Sir:

The plant already has decent trunk movement and there are alot of choices, branches, for the second section of your trunk.

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Thanks.  it came from WM Valavanis

Best to leave it alone for a few seasons and maybe get some more plants.

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hehe nice that you mention that.   more pics will come soon but lets say I went a little overboard.  I made 3 forest settings with japanese beech seedlings,  trident seedlings, and lacebark elm seedlings.   took a few of each and planted those in pots,  and got a selection of junipers,  azaleas, maples to keep myself busy for awhile.    You can say I bit off more than I can possible chew


Thanks for the input by the way
 

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Re: My Baby Shimpaku
« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2013, 03:12 PM »
If you want to wind up :) with a twisty trunked bonsai, either this year or next you ought to wire it and twist it as explained by Al on BonsaiNut. A variation is to not use raffia and leave the wire on until it is almost burried, then pull it off (produces a live vein that sprials around the trunk with the dead-wood line being where the wire was).