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Post  aab900 on Mon Sep 28, 2009 5:36 am

I'm new to this site and love bonsai alot.Today i post pictures of the Juniper I would like some advice and comments . Thank you for your help.








Attached is a pic of one of my Juniper. any advice on how to make it better would be good too.

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Re: New and seeking advice

Post  Mujician on Tue Oct 06, 2009 7:14 pm

Hi, I'm also new to bonsai so I dont really know anything! Why is your tree not in a shallow pot?

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Re: New and seeking advice

Post  Kev Bailey on Tue Oct 06, 2009 7:23 pm

Trees in training are often kept in larger pots, washing up bowls, wooden training boxes etc to allow them to grow vigorously and thicken to the desired trunk diameter. Once they are styled and ready to go into a pot it can take a while for the rootball to be reduced so that it will fit into a suitable pot.

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Re: New and seeking advice

Post  Mujician on Tue Oct 06, 2009 7:38 pm

Ooh! Well, thats what Im here for! I just hope I remember it! So how do you go about cutting/trimming roots? Do you always have to remove soil/compost everytime? How do you know when to do it? Thanks, Ben

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Re: New and seeking advice

Post  Tony on Tue Oct 06, 2009 9:22 pm

ABB and Mujician,

Bonsai is a BIG hobby/art, its important that you understand the fundamentals. This way you will not be disappointed with your efforts and you will not kill trees by too much work/love/attention. Take a good deal of time reading the posts on this forum... ask lots of questions. Get your hands on some good books, a list is on another post in the forum.

ABB the juniper you have posted is a very good piece of raw material, with correct training regime and careful horticultural techniques it will make a very good bonsai.

You guys need to find someone experienced to work with in the real world... here... in the virtual world we can only go so far.. Bonsai is three dimensions.. thru the screen only offers two dimensions.

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Re: New and seeking advice

Post  JimLewis on Tue Oct 06, 2009 9:24 pm

Well, aab900, here is one option. To me, those two lower branches will add nothing to your bonsai design. The right one pops off to suddenly, and the other one is just out of place. So here's what you tree might look like if those were to be cut.

Then, the top will need some thinning. Start with all the small branchlets that start out of the main trunk and branches at crotches. Those are useless to you.

Other folks may have other suggestions.

That may be enough for this tree at this time of year. So you can spend the rest of the winter reading a few books. There a recent thread about bonsai books on this "Bonsai Questions" section.


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Re: New and seeking advice

Post  JLudlam on Wed Oct 07, 2009 2:24 am



This would be my idea for now but of course it would take a little time and not all at once. The upper branch that sticks out the farthest of course needs to be removed, the lower wired to come out to the right instead of left as in your pics, and the trunk needs to be straightened, (wrapped with raffia or some protectant to keep from breaking and not all at once.) The curves that is has now in my opinion are contradicting each other. This is of course all over a couple of seasons. Like humans to much stress at once is a killer. But then this is only my idea, best advise for what to do is to look at the trees in nature or online and try to see a tree within. People can give all sorts of ideas on what to do and yeah most all on IBC will steer you in the right direction but the outcome is what you see. As some say bonsai is a living form of abstract art.

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Re: New and seeking advice

Post  JLudlam on Wed Oct 07, 2009 2:46 am

oh yeah this is the pic i got the idea from so you will know how i am looking at it

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Re: New and seeking advice

Post  aab900 on Wed Oct 07, 2009 5:41 am

Thanks for all the comments .
I am storing all your suggestions.

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Re: New and seeking advice

Post  aab900 on Sun Nov 15, 2009 12:24 am

After too many days log in Internet Bonsai club and i decide to thin the tree .Please give me your comment and advice.
Thanks
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Re: New and seeking advice

Post  Guest on Mon Nov 16, 2009 11:37 am

Any chance of seeing the tree from the other side? It looks to me that you've used a lower branch as the top. You should use the top branch as the top of the tree. Where you've pulled down the bottom branch, there looks to be wire wrapped tightly around the trunk. Watch this does'nt scar the tree.

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2 YEAR LATER

Post  aab900 on Fri Aug 19, 2011 6:56 pm

This would be the front of the tree:

This would be the back of the tree:


I hope you guys like it. I will be joining a club in San Jose to further my knowledge. So far its been so fun and enjoying every tree that I work on. Please advise if you guys have any ideas as i'm still learning.

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Re: New and seeking advice

Post  aab900 on Fri Aug 19, 2011 7:06 pm

More pics




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