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  1. Vance Wood

    No. 2 Blue Rug Juniper progression

    I would seriously think about some sort of rock pot or stone slab where the concept of this type of design is justified and the natural wildness of the style can be made to stand out.
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    Styling help

    Sorce is right, pictures from different directions would be very helpful to all of us including you. From the view you have posted the left side of the tree is the best option, the right side is weak and uninteresting----(I think). As the tree is now it will for ever be conflicted, a two...
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    Please Share your Photos

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    All aboard the Mugo train!

    I saw this on Youtube. Beautiful work on an impressive piece of material.
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    Help with pot on shore pine yamadori

    To those who think I am wrong for trying to educate someone with a great tree and no idea what to do with it: Why don't you try to let someone know what is the right thing to do? Is it right to suggest a $300 to $400 bonsai pot to a grower that probably doesn't understand that a great tree...
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    The Bonsai Master Myth...

    I think you are missing the point here, there is certianly a lot more to bonsai than watering, pruning and keeping trees in pots. There are on the surface of the matter two aspects that go beyond the obvious of keeping the tree in a pot and keeping it alive. Making the tree behave in the way...
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    Help with pot on shore pine yamadori

    Don't call your stuff crap your material at the moment exceeds your ability, that can be remedied. If you have a constant stream of this type of material you really need to find a teacher and learn from them. It's not like you are learning on nursery trees where mistakes can be grown out and...
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    Please Share your Photos

    The beginnings of a Mugo Raft year two from nursery tree (obviously). Next year depending on how it makes it through the winter we will start working on ramifying and reducing. As you can see it now there is no apparent secondary ramification but that is going to change.
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    Fall contest trees a few months later

    Some person stole the tree to give to their mother, you will probably never see it again.
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    Help with pot on shore pine yamadori

    If you or anyone else is offended by my mentioning wiring skills it is not because I want to embarrass you or anyone else, frankly I don't give a rats butt. However I do care about the material, Lodge Pole and Shore Pine are among my most favored trees. To the point, you cannot effectively...
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    The Bonsai Master Myth...

    ---and with that comes great responsibility! Every tree you have had any credit with will forever be the product of your input------good bad or holy shit that stinks.
  12. Vance Wood

    Cutting the buds of pines

    Wow, the first sentence was pretty clear, why don't you understand that? Your response seems to reflect a bit of animus toward me leaving me to ask what did I do to you? I don't remember posting anything in your direction?
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    Cutting the buds of pines

    I believe that it was Master Kimura that made the observation that Americans are too timid to make good bonsai. We have described this technique around here for years and still people question it. You can cut the extended candles (shoots) off in early July for JBP, JRP, to get a second flush...
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    Attached images, half loading

    Recent photos: From August 2019 unrefined or photoed from proper backgrounds.
  15. Vance Wood

    Help with pot on shore pine yamadori

    I do not wish to be condescending but I am afraid that this will sound that way. It looks a lot to me like your wiring is ineffective. Without a system of wiring it is impossible to execute a design other than the antenna on an old TV design.
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    I Want Back-Budding On My KH! Advise?

    Fertilize heavily. As new growth extends allow to put on five internodes and cut back to two. Fertilizer is the key they like a lot of feeding.
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    Wiring into grow boxes?

    In a word yes, wiring them in the box is far better than finding out with the first heavy wind the you should have wired the tree in the box.
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    Repotting and half bare rooting pines

    Yes I have and I did not like it. I did not like the fact that it turned to mush. I have to be able to have a soil that will be the same today, tomorrow and five years from today, IN MY EXPERIENCE Akadama does not do that.
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    Repotting and half bare rooting pines

    With all due respects you cannot compare your environment and your results with mine where summer highs can be in three digits and winter temperatures can be below zero for as much as a month at a time, or you can have a season where you get neither. So vierually you are telling me that the...
  20. Vance Wood

    Repotting and half bare rooting pines

    Here is my point for what it's worth. I do not use Akadama because 3 years is just about the life span of the product and it is very expensive. Most of my trees are conifers and do not require repotting that frequently (3 years) this sequence can prove detrimental. Sorce made the comment that...
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    Tips on repotting both the smallest and largest of bonsai using the Mirai methodology

    Believe it, given the chance there are potters out there who will sell you a turd squeezed through a pasta cutter.
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    Tips on repotting both the smallest and largest of bonsai using the Mirai methodology

    Espec Especially when one of them has not been doing bonsai for more than a few years but comes off as knowing everything there is to know from every teacher and bonsai pro out there. Does this not sound a little like hubris?
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    Repotting and half bare rooting pines

    I don't really get why some of you guys still insist that Akadama is the be all and end all in bonsai soil.
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    Couple questions on single flush pine.

    Timing means a lot but if the tree is not in health everything will fail.
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    Trolls

    Remember; we used to call this the all smoke and no fire club. Some things never change even the propensity for the very young and ignorant in bonsai to think they have it all figured out proceed to tell all of us just how much they know and how much we don't. When they are done doing that...
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