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Post  Eusk69 Mon Oct 11, 2010 6:25 am

Hello,
This is my first post, I am kind of new in the bonsai world and I have a question; I have a Juniperus flaccida from Yamadori a very nice tree, but I think is not suit for a weeping form. So, my question is: It is possible to grafting a Juniper flaccida with a branch from a Juniper San Jose?Here I send you a pic of the tree.

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Post  tim stubbs Mon Oct 11, 2010 7:39 am

whats wrong with the foilage ???
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Post  JimLewis Mon Oct 11, 2010 1:09 pm

I'm not familiar with the species (had never heard of it, in fact), but from the Latin name -- J. flaccida -- I have to assume that the foliage always looks like that. I'm not certain that it has a lot of promise because of that, but I agree a weeping form may not be the best. Prhaps simply keeping the foliage pinched in close to the branches would work.

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Post  Guest Mon Oct 11, 2010 3:44 pm

There are many Junipers that grow in a loose and floppy way and most of them can be trained to do otherwise. Rigida for instance, weeps but look what can be done with that.

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Post  Eusk69 Mon Oct 11, 2010 9:00 pm

Ok, beeing trained is one option thanks Jim and Will, it will be very hard to form,
but I will like to know if the gafting is possible? to keep all options open. I have four trees of this species.

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Post  Kev Bailey Mon Oct 11, 2010 11:31 pm

Flaccid, Rigid, Weeping, loose, floppy and pinching, boy are we going to move up the Google rankings!

Excellent material but please make certain that it has survived and is healthy before you start thinking of grafting. I'd wait at least two years.

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Post  PaulH Tue Oct 12, 2010 1:44 am

Grafting on junipers is pretty easy with a high success rate. People around here often graft shimpaku onto collected junipers. It is critical that the tree is very healthy and growing well for grafts to work.
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Post  Eusk69 Tue Oct 12, 2010 2:45 am

Thanks for your advice, I will wait until they get very healthy, and here is my next questione:

In norter places like Europe and North america the seasons are extreme, here in Mexico, were I live, 2200 miters over the sea, we have only have two months of cold, December and January, between 5-10°C the rest of the year we are between 20-30°C. Then I must assume that the perior of dormacy in my trees in only in these two months?
And therefore all the literature about bonsais must be adapt to this situation?

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Post  JimLewis Tue Oct 12, 2010 2:07 pm

That's enough dormancy for juniper. But the close up of the tree does make it look unhealthy. I'd be very careful with it over the winter.

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Post  Eusk69 Wed Oct 13, 2010 1:42 am

Hi Jim, those trees were trying to grow in a goat path, so they never had a real chance to grow. So I will wait for them to be healthier before doing anything. Rigth now I am only taking out the dead wood (termites) and all the dirt and fungi they had on them.

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