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Project: Neagari Shimpaku

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MatsuBonsai:
It's time for another project.  After seeing this shimpaku at the Southeast Regional Show last weekend I can't get this little tree out of my mind.  I've got a dozen or so Itoigawa cuttings right now that I think would make a nice start for a project next Spring.  I figure it's about a 10 year project from start to something resembling this stage, maybe.  

So, who's willing to try it with me?  Grab your cuttings and meeting here next Spring.  :)

bwaynef:
I've got more than a handful of shimpaku ('kishu' ?) cuttings.  I wouldn't mind having something like you've shown, ...so what's involved?  Have a plan?

MatsuBonsai:
I'm thinking something along the lines of JBP Project - Exposed Root.  Get the roots "exposed" through a bottle, leave to grow for a few years.  Then plant in the ground to speed growth.  Then back into a pot, wire, done.  Simple, right?

Seriously, anyone have any other ideas, thoughts, suggestions, questions?

garywood:
John, an option, wire several with some movement and graft them together at the height you want the "trunk" to start.
Wood

bwaynef:
Gary, do you have any pics of something similar.  I'll have to consider that (and brush up on my grafting...).

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