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Another Juniper help request

Post  alonsou on Mon Aug 22, 2011 7:40 am

I have this juniper for a little over 2 years, I have done pretty much nothing other than just repotting it, and the reason? Well, I think it has a pretty bad branch structure, there's only 3 main branches. The trunk its a nice 2.75" diameter. But the branches are just driving me crazy, I have no idea what to do with them, specially with the branch that comes forward and suddenly shift backwards.

Any suggestion its very welcome.





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Re: Another Juniper help request

Post  ponsmaldo on Mon Aug 22, 2011 8:42 am

If it were mine I would remove the middle branch,bend the left branch upward and the right branch downward,probably transfer it to a tall pot and make a cascade. Very Happy

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Re: Another Juniper help request

Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Mon Aug 22, 2011 10:07 am

Or, remove two branches and do some carving, bunjin.

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Post  JimLewis on Mon Aug 22, 2011 5:08 pm

At the very least you should get rid of one of those crossing branches. Here is my suggestion as to where to start. Some may say remove the left hand branch, too, and maybe you will want to -- eventually.

This tree has a nice fat trunk and has some potential if you have patience.


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Re: Another Juniper help request

Post  manosvince on Tue Aug 23, 2011 11:03 pm

How about that ? Smile



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Re: Another Juniper help request

Post  fiona on Wed Aug 24, 2011 12:05 am

My two cents worth. There are several options IMHO. And like Billy suggested factor in some carving on the non-foliage side. My own preferences for branch removal would be the first option or the last.






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Re: Another Juniper help request

Post  bonsaimeister on Wed Aug 24, 2011 3:29 am

Hi Alonsou,

Based on your photos above, I came up with this. However, the 3D animation on your website clearly reveals other (probably superior) options.


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Re: Another Juniper help request

Post  AdamG on Wed Aug 24, 2011 3:39 am

I like fiona's virts. Just my opinion.

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Re: Another Juniper help request

Post  alonsou on Wed Aug 24, 2011 5:14 am

Thanks to all for they extremely valuable feedback!.. you guys are awesome! cheers

Out of all the virtuals you guys did for me I got two favorites, Fiona #1 and bonsaimeister, after a few minutes of debate, I decided to go for Fiona's idea. I will take some pictures tomorrow, this is the first time I try on making a Jin and I'm pretty satisfied with the result, I pretty much learned how to do Jin's by watching Graham Potter YouTube videos, now I only need some lime sulfur and the jin will be done. I ended up with a scar on the front of the tree, but I kind of re-arranged the tree a little bit to try to hide it a bit. I haven't measured it but I'm pretty sure I'm under the 8", so it should be a nice Shohin in the future Laughing

I hope you guys like what you see tomorrow

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Re: Another Juniper help request

Post  AdamG on Wed Aug 24, 2011 5:43 am

Haha...those Graham Potter videos are awesome. Looking forward to seeing your tree.

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Re: Another Juniper help request

Post  alonsou on Wed Aug 24, 2011 7:17 am

Ok Folks,

I couldn't help myself, so here are the pictures as well as the 360 gallery

I think it looks way better now, and the official dimensions as of today are 2" trunk diameter and 4.75" tall.... so yes it is officially on the Shohin category. What a Face Below, the before and after and the detail on the Jin.








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Re: Another Juniper help request

Post  fiona on Wed Aug 24, 2011 10:36 am

I am glad you factored in a better jin that I'd depicted in my virt. It's not that I didn't want one - just that I'm crap at photoshopping in jins. Laughing Bonsaimeister had it much better than mine.
Good luck with the rest of the work. I'd be working on trying to push more foliage pads, maybe trying to bring it back a bit along the branch. That would take a year or so at least over where I live but I don't know how quickly (or otherwise) it'll grow in your climate.

btw do you know what type of juniper it is?

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Re: Another Juniper help request

Post  AdamG on Wed Aug 24, 2011 4:04 pm

Nice work. I like it.

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Re: Another Juniper help request

Post  AdamG on Wed Aug 24, 2011 4:08 pm

Cool 360s too. Smile

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Re: Another Juniper help request

Post  alonsou on Wed Aug 24, 2011 4:15 pm

Thanks Adam for your kind words.
You and anyone else that would like, can try out the 360 gallery anytime. Just let me know and I'll make it happen.

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Re: Another Juniper help request

Post  AdamG on Wed Aug 24, 2011 4:17 pm

The only downside to the gallery is that I can't view it in Firefox. Mad

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Re: Another Juniper help request

Post  alonsou on Wed Aug 24, 2011 4:31 pm

AdamG wrote:The only downside to the gallery is that I can't view it in Firefox. Mad

Chrome should be your best friend then ! Laughing

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Re: Another Juniper help request

Post  John Quinn on Wed Aug 24, 2011 8:50 pm

I still can't get the 360 to work in IE9, 64 bit edition. It does work in chrome...

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Re: Another Juniper help request

Post  alonsou on Wed Aug 24, 2011 8:56 pm

John Quinn wrote:I still can't get the 360 to work in IE9, 64 bit edition. It does work in chrome...

Do you have the latest plugins for Flash and Java? that could be the issue.. I Hope.

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