needing some help on the styling of my itoigawa

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needing some help on the styling of my itoigawa

Post  kingbean on Thu Mar 11, 2010 5:14 pm

hi,
please can I get some experianced help for the styling of this wonderful juniper.
I brought it from herons bonsai last year but it got a bit sick because the soil was to wet for to long so had to pot in sphagnum moss and seems to be doing well now.
going to re-pot in april but wanted some help with the styling so if you be so kind as to give your advise many thanks king bean.

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Re: needing some help on the styling of my itoigawa

Post  Joe Hatfield on Fri Mar 12, 2010 5:38 am

I know that this is probably the worst photoshop job i have ever done ..... but, it give you the idea.



Shorten the top.

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Re: needing some help on the styling of my itoigawa

Post  kingbean on Fri Mar 12, 2010 10:25 pm

yes i think you hit the nail on the head with that one

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Post  Joe Hatfield on Sat Mar 13, 2010 3:40 am

Which part? The declaration of the terrible virt. Or the Idea it conveyed? Smile

Did I mention how bad of a job I did..... My better half looked at it and asked, "Where is the "Butcher Tool" in Photoshop?"

Ahhh... thats why I love her. She knows how to "break 'em"

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Post  JimLewis on Sat Mar 13, 2010 12:56 pm

I agree that shortening helps. I might have even shortened it a bit more -- to help give the thin trunk the image of a bit more substance.

Now you need to work on finding a better soil mix. The soil it's in look like it might stay wet a bit too long.

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Re: needing some help on the styling of my itoigawa

Post  kingbean on Sun Mar 14, 2010 9:19 pm

can anyone tell me if it would be possible to plant this tree in the ground to fatten it up ?

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Post  Guest on Sun Mar 14, 2010 9:42 pm

You can plant in the ground but you'll need a position with plenty of light. I think your better off with a larger container and a good regular feeding. You can rotate a container for even growth as well.

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Post  kingbean on Mon Mar 15, 2010 5:13 pm

would thickening it up affect the shari ?

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Post  Joe Hatfield on Mon Mar 15, 2010 5:25 pm

I would think that you could redo the shari pretty easily should it change.

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Post  fiona on Mon Mar 15, 2010 11:16 pm

It is always difficult to give advice based on a two-dimensional photo, but (IMHO) I would see the start point for this tree's development as being something like below. I agree that the long straight top part of the tree as it is currently would have to go.

Why not consider air layering off that top portion so that you could have two trees out of it.


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Post  JimLewis on Tue Mar 16, 2010 12:22 am

Good job, Fiona. That's where I woulda done it.

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Post  Rob Kempinski on Tue Mar 16, 2010 2:05 am

fiona wrote:It is always difficult to give advice based on a two-dimensional photo, but (IMHO) I would see the start point for this tree's development as being something like below. I agree that the long straight top part of the tree as it is currently would have to go.

Why not consider air layering off that top portion so that you could have two trees out of it.


OMG I am starting to think like Fiona. affraid

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Post  fiona on Tue Mar 16, 2010 3:19 am

Rob Kempinski wrote: OMG I am starting to think like Fiona.
Hey. Just goes to show that if one hangs around the right people long enough, one's hidden qualities will surface at some point.


Besides which, in a strange and curious manner I'm actually feeling flattered by your comment, Rob, joke or otherwise.



And that may be the closest to a compliment anyone's ever had from me on here.

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Re: needing some help on the styling of my itoigawa

Post  kingbean on Tue Mar 16, 2010 5:26 pm

thanks but i think im going to keep the top of the tree and try somthing different

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Post  Hombre on Wed Mar 17, 2010 5:33 pm

i agree with you my friend .
At present a simple Pruning branches that break the Balance of the tree.
Maybe wirried the main branches so they take down position, and pick what you keep for the top.

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Re: needing some help on the styling of my itoigawa

Post  kingbean on Thu Mar 18, 2010 4:48 pm

just what i was thinking

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