Nursery Stock, Solstice Styling (Chinesis)

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One of a few pieces of nursery stock, for education and styling practice - old Gold Juniper (Chinesis). Comprehensive haircut. I like the nebari potential and sacrifice to thicken down low for now. Tilted towards the viewer for eventual structure.

I am a novice when it comes to wiring but am happy with the two. Open to suggestions though.

Need help with regard to the branch that has cool natural movement (the middle one that is not wired) - ax it? Bye bye? Style it somewhere? My gut says to remove. There is another lower bud that is strong and heading to the left.

Additionally - this is a lot of trauma. Leave in existing pot for a year minimum? It’s not a pine... one insult per year apply? Into ground and work on roots in spring? Slip? I’m not sure where to go on this piece but would lean towards into ground and dig up in future for roots.

Any help, as always, appreciated.
 

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It looks like to start your wire with a full 360 wrap. It looks like that could girdle the trunk on those locations. Ideally you wire two branches with one wire. You also seem to have flush cut all branches. Next time leave a stub to jin. If you don't like it you can always remove them later.
 
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It looks like to start your wire with a full 360 wrap. It looks like that could girdle the trunk on those locations. Ideally you wire two branches with one wire. You also seem to have flush cut all branches. Next time leave a stub to jin. If you don't like it you can always remove them later.
Will cut back wire until I lose leverage. Thank you. Anchor point for me is still difficult to conceptualize.

Couple mm’s of stub, but not enough clearly. Will adjust.
 

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Will cut back wire until I lose leverage. Thank you. Anchor point for me is still difficult to conceptualize.

Couple mm’s of stub, but not enough clearly. Will adjust.
Have you watched the craftsy video on wiring?

You could l lay the wire in front of the trunk just above the lower branch. Wrap counterclockwise around the branch coming over the top. Continue wrapping up the trunk counterclockwise until you reach the next branch. Go over the top of this and wrap clockwise. The key is having each branch wrapped in a different direction.
 

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Go for it and keep wiring, that's the way to learn. This wiring job will not hurt anything. Keep an eye on the wire and make sure it doesn't cut in too much. Should be able to stay on 'til next spring.
 
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Couple mm’s of stub, but not enough clearly. Will adjust.
It depends a whole lot on what you want to achieve later. If you want a healed cut, then junipers aren't usually good subjects and I found it's best to make those cuts in spring. I cut them flush with a knob cutter (a flat one) if that's my goal.
Otherwise, I leave a stub of a few centimeters, that I can jin or remove later.

Wiring itself looks good for a first try. Evenly spaced. But I don't like that rainbow shaped branch. It looks too man-made. In conifers I prefer drastic angle changes and this bend is exactly the opposite.
For now, let it rest. It's going to take a year or two to regain strength.
 
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It depends a whole lot on what you want to achieve later. If you want a healed cut, then junipers aren't usually good subjects and I found it's best to make those cuts in spring. I cut them flush with a knob cutter (a flat one) if that's my goal.
Otherwise, I leave a stub of a few centimeters, that I can jin or remove later.

Wiring itself looks good for a first try. Evenly spaced. But I don't like that rainbow shaped branch. It looks too man-made. In conifers I prefer drastic angle changes and this bend is exactly the opposite.
For now, let it rest. It's going to take a year or two to regain strength.
Thank you for the notes - rainbow branch thinking taking a bud to the right again long term. And suggestion on where to adjust?

Noted in pruning. I need to remember Jin as an important potential feature. Thanks all for reminding.
 

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You'll be lucky if it survives. You could have always removed more in stages if it recovers. Strength in juniper = foliage mass. I would not touch this tree again til it has 10x the mass it has now.
 

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