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    Shimpaku juniper seeds

    Try canadabonsai.com, he has some on his website
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    Not trident maple?

    Thanks for all the replies folks, I’ll have to research this sweetgum and look at the leaves, and pay more attention when I buy something.
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    Not trident maple?

    So I went to take some cuttings today of what was sold to me as a trident maple but I noted the leaf pattern is alternate, not opposite. Any ideas?
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    Chasing foliage back to the trunk

    Thanks Augustine, I have found that if I put it in a pot or colander I pay better attention to the tree. This one was in the ground but suffering from a bit of neglect so now I fuss over it a bit more
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    Chasing foliage back to the trunk

    Boy, a longer growing season would be nice. I'm gonna get this one nice and healthy this year, maybe fertilize the crap out of it and see what Ontario sun can do. Scion grafting and approach grafting are in the cards once I have a good healthy trunk and a design in mind...thanks for all the...
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    Chasing foliage back to the trunk

    Thanks Aaron, Osoyoung and Sawgrass. This juniper has a great trunk but it was a landscape tree and the foliage is far away. I think all of the suggestions will be used on this one...
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    Chasing foliage back to the trunk

    When is it appropriate to shorten branches in an effort to get foliage closer to the trunk?I have read lots about the juniper dependance on foliage for health and that a bare branch will not push new growth, but if I cut back the branch in the picture to the first flush of foliage will it force...
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    Kingston, Ontario winter Juniper box?

    Too true, rabbits really enjoy pruning my little apples, damn neighbor cat slacks off in the spring.
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    Kingston, Ontario winter Juniper box?

    Thanks for the tips. The big junipers look awesome. I will definitely have to pick one up. So, I would just train and trim one those into a bonsai? Absolutely, there are lots of books and Internet sites including this one that you can search for guidance. It would be best to find a local club...
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    Kingston, Ontario winter Juniper box?

    Ben, I wrap the pot and soil with panty hose, a trick I learned from the club in Oshawa to keep the dirt out and then bury it above the pot rim leaving the foliage exposed to the elements.Junipers are hardy. I might treat a very expensive specimen tree differently but my stuff is mostly pre-...
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    Kingston, Ontario winter Juniper box?

    Welcome Ben, I leave mine outside all winter, heel them into the garden, pot and all. No winter protection at all, ideally buried in snow. I am 1 1/2 hrs west of you, just north of Cobourg. Jim
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    A Couple of Crabapples

    Can we go back to the discussion about cutting off branches? Just collected a few apples and have planted them in the ground to recover for this year. I removed several branches to balance out the amount of roots removed but you are saying I should leave a stub for now and not go right to the...
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    Building a Tree

    You know looking at pictures of amazing rocky mountain yamadori and critiquing how they should be properly displayed and what lighting to use is fun but will likely always be beyond the realm of my experience. I am ok with this, I don't aspire to being a professional, I just want to learn and...
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    Building a Tree

    No thoughts about how it could be improved upon, just wanted to thank you for your many recent posts helping us understand the technical aspects of your Art. You are crazy talented when it comes to seeing the tree in the bush and building the vision step by step, it is inspiring. Jim
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    Problem with trident and what to do?

    Yes Gary, in fact these two have been in the ground for the last 3 years. The trunks are ~ 1.5" at the base. I am 5b just 15 minutes north of Lake Ontario. We normally get a good blanket of snow and the tridents have lots of dieback but I am trying to bulk up the trunks before potting up and...
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    Problem with trident and what to do?

    Damn, nature 3, me 0 so far. thanks for your replies.
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    Problem with trident and what to do?

    Attached are pictures of an ailing trident. The second one is for reference and has been treated the same as far as watering etc goes. We have had a few tough winters and both were root pruned this spring but the ailing one was slower to come back. Now, for no apparent reason all the leaves are...
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    Itoigawa juniper cutting advice

    Eric, some that I tried to pull didn't move at all, some of the smaller ones moved easily but I didn't pull them right out to have a look for callousing. I did use a rooting hormone, if they do have roots should I pot them up and build a cold frame? Maybe late April or May next year for better...
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    Itoigawa juniper cutting advice

    So I took these cuttings in June of this year and put them in perlite about 2" deep in a shady area of the garden. Not much seems to be happening yet, I have been misting almost daily but I am starting to wonder about winter. I have done a veeeery gentle pull test but it didn't tell me anything...
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    Choose your own Adeventure!

    Ok, so considering that I can't always see the tree in the tree...how about position #3 which would be at a 45 degree angle instead of vertical or horizontal. I like #2 but I can't see how you would manage the root system. I must say I never saw the second extreme bend coming but I too enjoy the...
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    Juniper questions for relative newcomer

    Thank you Brian, in the absence of more knowledge and experience it's hard to find encouragement in yellow and brown foliage. I am applying copper fungicide just in case and will be diligent in watching soil moisture. If it makes it until next spring I'll follow Adair's advice given in other...
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    Juniper questions for relative newcomer

    Thanks Dave, fungicide it is.
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    Juniper questions for relative newcomer

    I potted this juniper up in the spring , a very cool and wet spring and I have some concerns with it's current state of health. You can see from the pictures that there are some light coloured and brown tips and the tree has not put on any growth this year. Temperatures so far have remained in...
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    New Bonsai Rule

    Unfortunately, like Mike pointed out I am one of the people who can't see the tree in a piece of material. I have only been getting into bonsai for the last couple of years and for the last year have been a member of a club, though there doesn't seem to be that much that I can learn from there...
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    Hello from Calgary, Canada.

    Hello from Ontario, Canada An all Canadian thread eh? Welcome to the bonsai world. I can't really speak to the state of your tree, but pictures would help to determine overall health. I am fairly new to bonsai so hopefully some experts will chime in but one thing I have learned is that I needed...
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