New to Bonsai! 3yr old Juniper

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New to Bonsai! 3yr old Juniper

Post  ptshay on Fri Sep 24, 2010 6:45 pm

Hello all,

I am new to bonsai, and I have had my little juniper for probably 2 or three months now; I am in Iowa, so were getting into fall, and I read that I need to repot soon. Well I would like some help on wiring my bonsai because it is currently at the L shape (if you rotate the L 90* to the right). Well I would like with more of an S shape going straight up and not horizontal. I was looking on amazon for wires and they range from 1.0mm to 5.0 mm, big difference, and i need some help! thanks guys n gals!
-Paul




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Re: New to Bonsai! 3yr old Juniper

Post  JimLewis on Fri Sep 24, 2010 7:12 pm

I moved this into "Bonsai Questions" where it belongs.

It won't take too heavy a wire for your tree. 2 mm probably would do it.

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Re: New to Bonsai! 3yr old Juniper

Post  Todd Ellis on Mon Sep 27, 2010 1:11 am

I would wait until Spring before repotting your tree. Unless you have a cold greenhouse to prevent it from freezing. If you're itching for something to do with it this Fall, you can practice your wiring on the tree instead. Jim is right on about the 2mm wire. for thicker branches, you can double the wire for it to hold a shape. Have fun!
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Re: New to Bonsai! 3yr old Juniper

Post  Kev Bailey on Mon Sep 27, 2010 10:40 am

Doesn't look like it NEEDS repotting to me. If you carefully lift it out of the pot, are the roots circling round densely, forming a mat of just roots at the bottom? If not I'd leave it alone for a year, unless you need to change the soil for another reason, like it is holding on to moisture too long.

You can also use copper wire, stripped from old cable and heated to cherry red on a barbecue or fire, then use tongs to drop it into water. Cheaper than the anodised aluminium and it takes a thinner wire to achieve the same bending power.

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