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  1. Jaberwky17

    Open to suggestions on this abused Juniper

    Semi-cascade. That style jumped right out at me.
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    Preparing to pull a field grown Scots - need advice

    Neither. This is a seedling grown from a local nursery. Here are some current pics. Man is it ever hard to properly capture trees in photos! When I chopped and wired, I drove a metal stake in the ground and used it to create some bend in the main trunk. I wired the branches for wiggle and to...
  3. Jaberwky17

    Preparing to pull a field grown Scots - need advice

    I have a Scots pine that I purchased at a local nursery as a 3-5 year old seedling about 4 years ago. It went directly into the ground at my old house, stayed there for a year, and when we moved it came with me - transplanted ground-to-ground in October (I didn't have any choice). It took a...
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    Random Questions...

    I have a spare copy of Colin Lewis' "Bonsai Survival Manual" that you can have if you pay for shipping. PM me if interested.
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    Nursery Juniper first styling?

    Sorce - I believe the original comment was to remove downward "facing" foliage. To be fair, you can do a lot of that and not have to remove any branches. I agree with your overall philosophy though.
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    Wiring a guy line collar (picea)

    I noticed an interesting wiring detail on another thread and thought I'd share my technique for creating a guy line anchor point on a trunk. In this case I'm attempting to put a gradual trunk bend on a tall picea. I was able to use a tubing protected wire collar at the base with no danger of...
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    Japanese quince in the ground in Zone 4b?

    I'm having a fun time reading about Japanese bonsai technique for flowering quince in old (1950s-70s era) guidebooks. They have such a perfunctory and methodical approach: "In Japan, flowering quince are grown in ground for two years to develop a large stem, root-pruned to encourage rooting...
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    Larch first styling

    I can't speak for others, and I'm really just a newbie myself. Personally I have an artistic talent, so hand sketches are easy for me. It's a great way to try out different ideas. I use a roll of trace paper, which also works nicely if you want to take a photo of a tree and sketch over it. As...
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    Larch first styling

    I was thinking the same thing. It's not going to hurt anything to let it leaf out this season and make a judgement later. Thanks on the virt. Photoshop is fun.
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    Happy buds!

    I'm not prepared to get too cocky about it but it is encouraging.
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    Happy buds!

    Any idea how long the death might take? I tented right after posting - it's been almost a month and not only is there no turgidity or dessication yet. In fact, there has been an explosion of more growth.
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    Larch first styling

    I wasn't smart enough to make sure I had a "before" image of this, sorry. I got this guy last spring and made a sketch in June. The seller suggested to chop it way low and grow it out, but I kept this sketch at my desk and looked at it for a few months (as well as looking at the tree). I...
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    Happy buds!

    What a bummer brigade. Thanks for the input. I will try a tent but am resigned to watch my trig wither and die. BAH HUMBUG!! :)
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    Happy buds!

    No, not that kind. I live in a 'dry' state still. I'm talking about sprouts on my first air layer attempt. I decided to try it on an apple tree from my back yard. I girdled a select branch in the spring but by late summer it had only produced a bunch of root nodes, no actual roots. However the...
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    Chinese juniper turning a bronze color

    All of my junipers have started to change color. This is the first time I've seen this in my trees. It's really cool actually.
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    Fall 2016 Contest....Who's in?

    that is super cool!
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    Fall Contest 2016... An Honest Balance!

    As purchased - one of a pair of Star Power Junipers from a local garden center. I have been wanting some interesting material to do a single/pair/forest of foemina. Since foemina are tough to come by in my area, especially in this size, I jumped on these. $45 each. I've been practicing...
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    One of these things is not like the other, or eeny meeny foemina moe

    That's because I'm a stupid loser and got the strain name wrong. It's 'Star Power" which is pretty hippy dippy. It's a variant of the blue varieties and has a vigorous upright growth pattern. Perfect for what I want.
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    One of these things is not like the other, or eeny meeny foemina moe

    I bought a smaller foemina pre-bonsai this week with plans for a tall literati styling eventually. After work I stopped by a local nursery and they had five large three gallon needle juniper type trees listed as 'star power' junipers. At 4 feet tall and $40 each I couldn't resist. They are...
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    What is your job?

    Architect. I live in Minnesota and specialize in ice arenas. Go figure. Nobody I know in my daily life does bonsai other than me. I travel one or two days at a time 15-20 times a year. Our practice is expanding nationally so I expect that to increase.
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    Grafting eur. Olive?

    Because the tree was again healthy after losing its apex and I was pinching for density, I let them grow to maybe 6-8 pairs of leaves before cutting back to 2.
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    Grafting eur. Olive?

    That's because I've been cutting them back to promote a thicker canopy. If I choose to let a runner go it will be graft length in no time.
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    Grafting eur. Olive?

    I like that idea. I have never had suckers grow on this tree in the three years I've had it, and only 3-4 minor backbud locations. I will see what happens if I give it some room for roots. Thanks!
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    Grafting eur. Olive?

    No the apex is dead. I wasn't going to try to do anything with that - only a few of the living branches. In fact I am not enamored with the shape of the deadwood and have been considering just cutting it off. If I take Adair's advice (and the way it's been growing this season I would be...
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