Discussion in 'Junipers' started by MrBeto, Mar 19, 2017.
I was given this green mound juniper. Can it be worked into bonsai ?
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Most definitely. I think they use that name for procumbens nana.
And you KNOW I almost started calling it A Blue rug!
But I'd take Blue Rug over Nanananana all day!
I'm like the guy who never shows up to work....
Had about 14 Nanas die!
I'll give it a try...
I am totally anti nana but you'll probly have better health down there.
If I had one live I would still be trying them.
What's the trunk look like?
I haven't removed from the plastic pot. I ran out of pots. I'll post a pic as soon as I buy one.
I wouldn't be into a rush putting it into a pot just yet.
I would lift it out of the one it's in and see what was going first.
It's bright green. It looks like a healthy tree.
Procumbens Junipers are tricky. Most people make the mistake thinking they are real east to grow, I say nay nay, they are difficult in any number of ways, little ways you might not think about till you're asking why the tree died. Don't rush them and don't man-handle them in the begining. Many times I hear the question as to the loss of branches for no appearant reason. However if you lifted the branch or moved the branch in the wrong way it can be broken at a joint that will not be noticed until the branch starts turning brown and crispy. I have found that they do not like to go as long without repotting as many conifers. I have found that four years between repottings is about the most time one of them can tolerate before they start looking like something's wrong. This is probably due top a break down of the soil structure and the slowing of the drainage.
In talking to @chicago1980 recently about juniper health, and vigor....
I realized that nana's, though seemingly healthy, never quite have what it takes to be vigorous.
Which makes them the exact opposite of what I need!
I sure don't have THAT kind of patience!
Reckon you would have to be the product of a 12 month gestation period to have that kind of patience.
Same goes for the Dwarfed Alberta...
Which is why I want @thomas22 to figure his monster out!
They are still good trees.
I personally can't wait to get my hands on the one @Adair M gave me.
It was just till recently that I started using shimpaku.
All of the ones I have and are pretty vigorous growers. That's why like Vance said they need repotting every 4 years at least. They pack whatever they are in with roots.
Yours looks good and healthy.
And the best time to do root work in my opinion is late spring to early summer when they are growing actively.
You can get in there right now and clean it up. Remove some branching you know you won't need and even wire it.
They make great bonsai. But like all trees you need to do things to these at the right time and when they are in good health.
Good luck and keep us posted.
This. Procumbens Nana are different than Shimpaku or native junipers.
When handled and cared for properly they have a beautiful foliage.
Procumbens Nana I believe is different than procumbens green mound.
At least what I have experienced.
All junipers do not grow the same is what I am learning these days. Lots to understand and develop in technique.
Kenji Miyata is a master of these trees.
Looks like a Nana to me, not a green mound looking at mine although they are still in snow the foliage is quite different. Either one does ok although not all junipers require the same care. Shimpaku for instance is a lot less tolerant of repot.
Do you notice that Green Mound is very soft foliage?
Green mound is about as soft as a chain saw. My wife calls them picker bushes.
Interesting, the ones we have here are very soft. Hmmm
I'll try to get photos of these trees.
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