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This was a workshop tree that I aquired over the weekend at my annual club workshop. I got first pick, and selected this tree because most of my junipers are cascade or semi-cascade. This appeared to be a good candidate for a more informal upright style. If you visit the club website at http://mvbonsai.com/ you can see many more pictures of the days events. There should be a few shots of work in progress that should give a decent idea of the progress that was made. BTW, we were working with San Jose junipers from Jim Doyle at Nature's Way Nursery in harrisburg, PA.

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I removed the wire from the initial styling. It has grown really well over the past year. This is what your junipers should look like before work is done. Now it is time do prune back some of these branches.

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Ok, I pruned back most of the branches. In the fall I will restyle, and repot next spring.
 

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Nice taper on that juni, and I like the angle. Super healthy and full, nice.
 

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Dave, thanks so much for posting this. Can you talk a little bit about your "cycle" for working with junipers? What made you decide to prune now, but style in the fall? Is that splitting up of the work done for the health of the tree? Because it's better to wiring just before it goes dormant? To wait until the pruning job causes you to get more growth along the lines you want for wiring? None of the above?

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Dave, thanks so much for posting this. Can you talk a little bit about your "cycle" for working with junipers? What made you decide to prune now, but style in the fall? Is that splitting up of the work done for the health of the tree? Because it's better to wiring just before it goes dormant? To wait until the pruning job causes you to get more growth along the lines you want for wiring? None of the above?

Thanks!

You kind of answered all your own questions. I pruned it because I had it on the work bench to remove the initial wiring. The tree could have been rewired right then, but as you said, I want more growth to maximize the effort. Midsummer wiring isn't exactly ideal though, but a healthy plant should be fine with it.

Dave
 
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