First Bonsai attempt (Lonicera pileata)

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First Bonsai attempt (Lonicera pileata)

Post  Bonsai_jay on Sun Jan 29, 2012 11:14 pm

Would appreciate your feedback.. Any tips or pointers most welcome.

(Just a temporary pot)






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Thanks for the encouragment :p
I think bill might be right about removing the branch, it's quite sturdy. Dont think it wants to be shaped.








Looks quite rough up close


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Re: First Bonsai attempt (Lonicera pileata)

Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Sun Jan 29, 2012 11:36 pm

1. Serrisa ??
2. remove lower branch
3. wire

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Re: First Bonsai attempt (Lonicera pileata)

Post  Bonsai_jay on Mon Jan 30, 2012 12:16 am

Lonicera pileata I think.. (thanks ian)

See what you mean about the lower branch.. I was hoping to give it some shape though.. Not sure now you mention it.


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Post  Guest on Mon Jan 30, 2012 12:37 am

Hi Jay,

Showing more photo angles/side at eye level would help.


regards,
jun Smile


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Post  coh on Mon Jan 30, 2012 3:00 am

Can you show a closer-view of the trunk area? And as Jun requested, views from the other sides would help us get a better idea of the 3-d structure.

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Post  JimLewis on Mon Jan 30, 2012 1:06 pm

Well, you've gotten very little positive "feedback" so I'll say, your first attempt is much better than many of our first attempts.


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Re: First Bonsai attempt (Lonicera pileata)

Post  Todd Ellis on Mon Jan 30, 2012 1:38 pm

Jay, Your first try successfully turned a small shrub into a tall tree. This is what bonsai is about - illusion.
Good job!
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Post  drgonzo on Mon Jan 30, 2012 5:34 pm

JimLewis wrote: your first attempt is much better than many of our first attempts.


That much is certain!
-Jay

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Re: First Bonsai attempt (Lonicera pileata)

Post  Bonsai_jay on Mon Jan 30, 2012 7:25 pm

Updated now

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Re: First Bonsai attempt (Lonicera pileata)

Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Mon Jan 30, 2012 8:07 pm

The first branch is too low on the trunk.

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Re: First Bonsai attempt (Lonicera pileata)

Post  Zach Smith on Mon Jan 30, 2012 11:59 pm

Bonsai_jay wrote:Would appreciate your feedback.. Any tips or pointers most welcome.

(Just a temporary pot)




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Thanks for the encouragment :p
I think bill might be right about removing the branch, it's quite sturdy. Dont think it wants to be shaped.




Looks quite rough up close
For what it's worth:

Find a single trunk line on this tree which shows good movement and taper. Cut off everything else. It should pop new buds all over, which you can then wire while they're still very pliable. Get some books and study how to wire. Your loops are way too close together. They should ideally be at 45 degree angles. This offers the best holding power. Practice "air wiring," where you coil wire with no branch to learn how not to put pressure on the branch while looping the wire (which can cause damage). In short order you should be able to do a great job of it, probably by the time the plant regrows its shoots.

Good luck! It's nice material.

Zach

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