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Species Specific => Shimpaku Juniper Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: JRob on June 23, 2010, 09:04 PM

Title: Shohin Itoigawa Shimpaku
Post by: JRob on June 23, 2010, 09:04 PM
Good Evening All,

Here is a quick pic of one of my shohin Itoigawa Shimpaku that I took tonight when I was documenting the progress on some of my trees. Two weeks ago I opened the shari and jin and applied lime sulphur last weekend then cleaned the bark. Pot is by Sara R. It is the grow pot I use. Its display pot is much smaller and more appropriate.
Title: Re: Shohin Itoigawa Shimpaku
Post by: M.B. on June 24, 2010, 08:56 PM
That's some fancy grow pot. I guess you might as well use a pretty pot while sitting on the bench if you got it. Nicer to look at than an ugly plastic grow pot, right? When would you put your tree in the show pot and will you leave it in the show pot or transfer it back to this one after the show? Beautiful tree. Thanks for sharing.
Mary B.
Title: Re: Shohin Itoigawa Shimpaku
Post by: JRob on June 25, 2010, 08:29 AM
I am very new to bonsai. Only two years. Most of my trees are shohin bonsai. I am following the advice I read in of M. Albek's book. This tree will be placed into the show pot for the show only for a short amount of time since the show is in April (Shohin St. Louis 2011). It will then be slip potted back into this pot. I left it in its show pot when the tree was first show in Shohin St. Louis Spring 2009 and in the hight of the STL summer the tree had to be watered 3 times a day. This pot requires water 1-2 times a day. The show if I remember correctly an antique japanese drum pot about three and a half inches in diameter and half an to three quarters of an inch deep. The tree looks great in it but there is little soil to hold the moisture and needs constant attention in the hot STL sun when temps hit the upper 90's.

Thanks for the question. I do love pots and have quit a collection so I use them (Adams, Braverman, Demig, Backus, Boheme, Rayner and antique japanese tokoname). I've been looking for a while for a Hagedorn but can seem to find them for sale.

Title: Re: Shohin Itoigawa Shimpaku
Post by: JamieR on July 02, 2010, 06:09 AM
very nice mate :)

i love this sort of styling! i have a few going that are no where near this level but am striving to have something similar one day, could you give us some dimensions?

jamie :)
Title: Re: Shohin Itoigawa Shimpaku
Post by: JRob on July 06, 2010, 11:01 PM
Sure Jamie,

Sorry I've taken so long to reply but I've been on vacation. The diameter of the Sara Rayner pot is 6 inches for perspective. The tree stands at just 6-1/2 inches tall in this photo taken last month. When pinched for show it is under 6 inches. Somewhere between 5-3/4 to 6 inches.

Title: Re: Shohin Itoigawa Shimpaku
Post by: Jerry Norbury on July 07, 2010, 03:48 AM
Great start

Regarding keeping such small trees moist there are a number of things you can do:
- grow moss on the soil surface to slow transpiration
- alternatively cover the soil surface with a non-porous material - like a 1cm/ 1/2" of gravel.
- double pot the entire small pot into a bigger pot - like this:
small pot: (
large pot: (
- place you small bonsai in a tray filled with your favourite growing substrate (I use cat litter) which is then saturated with water. I even insert a sort of water "wick" into the bottom drainage hole to enable the trees to pull up water from the underlying tray.
Title: Re: Shohin Itoigawa Shimpaku
Post by: JamieR on July 08, 2010, 10:00 AM
thanks mate :) muchly appreciated!

i look forward to the day i get to work on trees with this calibre!