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Yenling83

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Graft Shimpaku onto Hollywood?
« on: November 15, 2010, 07:43 PM »
After seeing John K's/Jim G's Shimpaku   http://bonsaistudygroup.com/shimpaku-juniper-discussion/jim-gremel%27s-shimpaku/ and reading Cheng Cheng's book(which has a great page about creating natural looking movement w/ Juniper) I decided to wire the 10 Kishu Shimpaku whips I have. Only time will show how well I did, but over all it's an exciting project and I had a lot of fun!  Now I'll continue to work them and grow them and in 15-30 years I could have something beautiful. 

Thinking of this got me thinking about how fast differn't junipers grow, and also made me realize I probably picked one of the slowest growing junipers of them all.  So that got me thinking, why not wire some San Jose Junipers and graft shimpaku foliage onto the thick trunks(this would probably save me a few years).  Then that got me thinking, well why not work with even faster growing Junipers like Hollywood juniper and graft Shimpaku?

I am often held back by the thought that, "I've never seen anyone do that successfully in Bonsai."  But I know Bonsai folk in Japan had long needles before de-candling came about.  So I went out and purchased a Hollywood, wired several of the branch leaders for airlayer and will take cuttings to wire more whips.  I'm wondering what the draw backs are to this?
 

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Re: Graft Shimpaku onto Hollywood?
« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2010, 08:13 PM »
Graft them. Ask Boon to show you how to do it, do approaches and have fun. Is the fast way to get good shimps- graft on. To any. Of the fast growers, just find trees with some movement and taper. I did a couple of dozen this year.

John

 

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Re: Graft Shimpaku onto Hollywood?
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2010, 08:28 AM »
I've never seen a Hollywood that wasn't straight as can be.  I think wiring the branches for movement and taking air layers is a great idea.  Be sure to keep us posted on your progress.
 

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Re: Graft Shimpaku onto Hollywood?
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2010, 08:12 PM »
I've never seen a Hollywood that wasn't straight as can be.  I think wiring the branches for movement and taking air layers is a great idea.  Be sure to keep us posted on your progress.

Though one is rather straight, it does posess some movement keeping it from being strictly Chokkan. The other is very nice with it's twisting thrusting trunk. It is called Thundercloud. Both are from George Yamaguchi, Yamaguchi Bonsai Nursery in Los Angelas.

Both were very popular bonsai back in the sixties when bonsai was in it's infancy in America.
 

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Re: Graft Shimpaku onto Hollywood?
« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2010, 12:36 PM »
Here is a nice grafted juniper that is/was owned by a BIB member, that you may have actually seen at Boon's. It is getting ready to move to the east coast. This is the BIB show photo that I believe Sam Edge took.
« Last Edit: December 03, 2010, 12:37 PM by John Kirby »
 

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Re: Graft Shimpaku onto Hollywood?
« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2011, 07:38 PM »
Here is the grafted San Jose as it appears in 2011.
 

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Re: Graft Shimpaku onto Hollywood?
« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2011, 01:06 AM »
Here is the whole display