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    New bonsai garden, including koi pond!

    Couldn't you turn off the uv filter and let the water turn green. That ought to suck the nutrients out of the hair algae and give your plants an opportunity to take off before turning the uv filter back on. (I don't have a pond or any experience with them, but I know the nitrate cycle.)
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    Hot summer. How do you mist?

    I power the pi via usb and a rainbird transformer to drive the solenoid. (I found a power strip that has an offset space for a transformer, a few other 110 plugs, and 2 usb power outlets.)
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    Nursery Stock to Bonsai, Order of Steps

    For several trees, I'd never allowed them to regain vigor after doing work. Repotting, trimming, decandling... whatever it was. Sifting my soil seems to have helped a good bit. Figuring out when to be more active in pest control has provided a return in spades. (Spider mites are the devil.)...
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    Nursery Stock to Bonsai, Order of Steps

    I can't possibly agree with this post any more than I do. I truly believe this is what's held me back for years and I only started realizing this the past few years. It took me too long to fully understand that what I was seeing wasn't the epitome of what "health" SHOULD look like. That's...
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    Hot summer. How do you mist?

    I use a raspberry pi, a relay board, and a rainbird solenoid along with a handful of Linux bash scripts/utilities in my greenhouse for propagation ...but that's probably overkill for what you're wanting.
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    How to Deal with Leggy Itoigawa Juniper

    I've noticed a net gain in strength/vigor when removing foliage that's hanging below the branch. I'd also remove the first 1/8-1/4" of foliage in crotches (that you're not ultimately planning to reduce back to) for similar reasons. The loss of foliage (that's weak or in a poor location to soak...
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    Refining a juniper

    I second the removal of that low right branch. Its coming from (at this angle) the inside of a curve and has no movement or taper. (I'd probably use it for cuttings or treat it as one big cutting, ...but I'm learning to just 15Augthrow things away.) Also, I'd strongly consider compressing...
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    Hinoki maddness

    I'd be willing to bet he took that picture using his iphone in portrait mode. It detects the subject and applies a blur mask to what it thinks is the background.
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    Hmmm... a questionable new member.... should I approve or not?

    Looks like its coming from a linksys router (befw11s4) with tcp port 3389 open. Have at it. https://www.cvedetails.com/version/8297/Linksys-Befw11s4-1.4.2.7.html
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    Refining a juniper

    The main thing I wish I'd learned earlier is how to clean juniper. Remove foliage growing down. Remove crotch growth (in areas you won't be cutting back to the crotch growth. This is how you keep the tree dense and small). Remove the first 1/8-1/4" of growth along a branch. (It makes wiring...
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    Hinoki maddness

    Word of advice: After removing large amounts of foliage on a hinoki, don't move it into bright sun for the rest of the year. I've got burn all over this one now.
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    Help

    Might wanna give your router a reboot too.
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    Hinoki maddness

    With Hinoki, you work your way in, not out. Keep the growth on the interior. You're not going to get anymore. You don't really want to "open it up". Remove branches growing from obviously wrong places. Use copper wire to put the remaining branches where you want them. Shorten the branches...
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    New bonsai garden, including koi pond!

    Maybe we could submit a wiring sample?
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    Hinoki maddness

    After styling that second one above, I thought I had hinoki figured out so I went and bought another one. I contemplated it and quickly realized the one I’d styled had been cared for a lot better than what you’d get at a big box store. I got frustrated after pruning that there just wasn’t much...
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