Grafting shimpaku on "prostrata" junipers

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I have a number of what I call "gray" junipers, grown from cuttings from what may be the variety sold as "prostrata" (but which came to me unlabeled so I'm not really sure of the ID). In any case, they are vigorous growers and have put on quite nice trunks. However, the foliage is not as well behaved as shimpaku, sometimes giving long tip growth and at times shooting juvenile-type needle foliage. I would like to try grafting on scions of real shimpaku to create new canopies.

Can anyone point me to a set of instructions for the best way to do this? Thanks very much.
 

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Thank you. Those are very informative. Charles seems to graft the scions well out on the ramified branches of the understock. Any back-budding will then be the foliage of the stock prostrata -- maybe not a problem in his design concept, but something that strikes me anyway. The technique is very good to see. Thanks again.
 

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This was posted on George Muranaka's Blog. Shows some nice scions.

http://muranakabonsainursery.blogsp...(What's+happening+at+Muranaka+Bonsai+Nursery)
Yes; he is grafting those (pine) scions close to the base of existing branches, which is the kind of treatment I was thinking of. Of course, Charles, in the video, was trying to preserve some existing branch structure whereas George is basically fitting that whopping big trunk with a new set of branches.
 

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