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Species Specific => Shimpaku Juniper Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: cmswink on July 05, 2016, 03:13 AM

Title: Shimpaku progression
Post by: cmswink on July 05, 2016, 03:13 AM
I purchased this tree from Ernie back in late May. Slipped it into a training box a week after ai received it. I have been very extreme in the way I have been handling this one but it was extremely strong to begin with and did not seem to miss a beat at all over the course of June. Well. I pruned hard in mid June. No root work at all. Then last week we had thinderstorms with severe lightning strikes. I wanted to see how the tree would react in late early summer to a simulated lightning strike. I decided to split the trunk at the crotch. Possibly a good thing, or not, that I did this as the upper portion of the crotch had already started to die off. I really like where this tree is going and the possibilities it has. I eventually plan on making this two trees from one.
Title: Re: Shimpaku progression
Post by: cmswink on July 05, 2016, 03:20 AM
More photos
Title: Re: Shimpaku progression
Post by: cmswink on July 05, 2016, 03:21 AM
One more
Title: Re: Shimpaku progression
Post by: DougB on July 08, 2016, 10:45 AM
Great learning experience.  My eye is confused with the left portion coming up the bending down to the left and the right portion going straight up to the right.  I would keep it healthy and then air layer the right side.  Shimpaku is great stuff to work with and lends itself to many styles.  Remember the 2 most important things - patience and keeping trees thriving for many years.

Good luck.
Title: Re: Shimpaku progression
Post by: bwaynef on July 08, 2016, 01:54 PM
It wouldn't hurt to take pictures from a better angle in better light too.
Title: Re: Shimpaku progression
Post by: cmswink on July 09, 2016, 05:50 PM
After many years I have learned the patience that training something to be bonsai requires. I have only a handfull of trees that I would even think of doing such drastic work on. I will take better pictures and post soon. My internet is so quirky that lately I am only able to get thru to the forums server about once or twice a week and lucky if I don't lose the connection. Thanks Doug
Title: Re: Shimpaku progression
Post by: cmswink on July 09, 2016, 05:52 PM
Wayne. I will upload better pics in good light with a backdrop soon. I have very limited times in my garden as my children, humans of course, require the majority of my time.