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I bought this Atlas Cedar a couple of months ago.
It looked like this:

Barrosinc - Bonsai Atlas Cedar - 2016 - 0001.jpg

So I though it might look good like a semicascade, like one I love


So I bent it, thinking it should grow some 10 years:

Barrosinc - Bonsai Atlas Cedar - 2016 - 0002.jpg

So I half bare rooted it (as I don't know if I will be able to get another atlas cedar) and put it in a colander.

Barrosinc - Bonsai Atlas Cedar - 2016 - 0003.jpg

And decided to go into a two trunk tree, like I see so many libani cedars around here in the streets.

Barrosinc - Bonsai Atlas Cedar - 2016 - 0004.jpg

So now I have the problem of the slingshot. but I have a small branch that I can wire up to be a competing trunk. Most probably one of the large trunks will disappear as it seems to be the only way to fix the problem.

I am guessing 10 years growing before getting in a pot.

Comments, tips, sorces, welcome.
 

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Max,

The two trunks are too close to being the same size.

Pick one.
 

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Max,

The two trunks are too close to being the same size.

Pick one.
yes! I mentioned that.
I am making the two trunks out of the small branch you can see that pops up close to the slingshot to the left and probably the one on the right.
 

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Ok, if that's what you want, then remove the left trunk, and wire that really small branch up to be the secondary trunk.

Then plant the thing in a large grow box, or in the ground.
 

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Ok, if that's what you want, then remove the left trunk, and wire that really small branch up to be the secondary trunk.

Then plant the thing in a large grow box, or in the ground.
I think if I were to follow this path, I might let the left trunk grow for a season or two first and use it to thicken up the base a little more while it's available. But I suppose the smaller branch thickening up would help with that as well. Removing the left trunk at some point is definitely the path to get it there, though.
 

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Max Max Bo Bax.

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I think if I were to follow this path, I might let the left trunk grow for a season or two first and use it to thicken up the base a little more while it's available. But I suppose the smaller branch thickening up would help with that as well. Removing the left trunk at some point is definitely the path to get it there, though.
My experience with Atlas Cedar is the wounds on the trunk are pretty slow to heal, so the smaller the wound, the better, and the sooner, the better.

Max,

Atlas Cedar is very sappy and the wood takes forever and a day to "take" any sort of wiring shaping. Copper is much stronger, and will be more effective for you.

It back buds extremely well, and will develop nice pads. The Green variety you have (like mine) is more vigorous and more forgiving than the Blues. It grows denser than the Blues, typically.

Here's my tree. I let the new shoots grow out, then cut back to smaller shoots or buds. Don't pinch.

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That's the new potting angle I may try next year, and the "new"pot.

Here's a picture after cutting back:

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I'll wire it this fall.
 

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My experience with Atlas Cedar is the wounds on the trunk are pretty slow to heal, so the smaller the wound, the better, and the sooner, the better.
Good to know. That was more general advice based on how I typically treat things at this stage. Real world species experience ftw!
 

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Always so helpful, Adair.
I think I will chop and wire the second trunk like the image I showed. I will not repot this year for safety, maybe next year I will put it in a larger growbox.

I doesn't seem like a place a jin should be... so I will chop leveled and try to hide it to the back and select a front and place the second trunk to cover the scar.

Your Cedar seems to have a tiny pot, even though it has a very healthy foliage. Is that a show pot?
 

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I have shown it in that pot. It looks better oiled.

It's a bit deceptive, the lip curles in, so the inside dimensions are bigger than it appears from the outside.

But that's it's everyday pot.

The "new" pot actually has the same interior volume as the old. But looks bigger because of the way the corners are shaped.
 

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I wish I would have a cedar with a trunk like that.
Closed boarders makes we have to sweat to achieve something not even as good.
 

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Looking great! Has it been in a colander this whole time?
 

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I lifted it up and did the other half bare repot.
But yes... same colander
 

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