procumbens nana 1-year progression

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This is one of the few plants I bought last fall my first season in bonsai. It is a p. "nana" and was purchased early last september. I removed about 75% of the foliage and repotted it at that time. (first pic, sorry no pics before the initial work) This spring I reduced some of the branches and pinched it some, and added a bit of wire. 3 weeks ago, I reduced it some more and added a bit more wire. (second pic) Hope you like my first attempt at styling a juniper.

-Dave

p.s. it came from Lowe's for $1.50 USD
 

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Looks good, the only negative comment I could make , is the pot size. It would look a lot better in a smaller pot, and then you could put it back in that pot in a few years, keep up the good work.

keep it green,
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Harry, Thanks for the encouragement. The pot that it is in was meant to be a training pot. I didn't want to disturb the roots too much, because September is late in the season around here. I have a smaller pot that I believe will be its future home. Also, it was the only pot I had that was at all reasonably sized. This is the first tree I ever put into a bonsai pot, I just wanted to practice and really didn't expect it to survive. But, here we are and I am pleased with the progress.

-Dave
 

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Glad to see you have learned to keep it alive David...:cool::D
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Thanks Irene, just add sun and water and voila. Harry, I virtually potted it for you into the pot I mentioned. It has a chop mark that I will post so someone could possibly ID it for me. Thanks again.

Dave
 

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Thanks Irene, just add sun and water and voila. Harry, I virtually potted it for you into the pot I mentioned. It has a chop mark that I will post so someone could possibly ID it for me. Thanks again.

Dave
Way better and keep us posted of it's progress.

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It has a chop mark that I will post so someone could possibly ID it for me. Thanks again.

Dave
Bill V. should be able to tell you since that is his sticker on the bottom of it. (at least i believe it is) btw nice pot.
 

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Way better and keep us posted of it's progress.

keep it green,
Harry
I agree. Harry, in my opinion you have great trees and a good eye. I am pleased to have your approval. I am going to try my hand at patience and try to wait till spring '11 to repot. Unless some of you more experienced nuts suggest differently. Thanks again.

-Dave
 

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Bill V. should be able to tell you since that is his sticker on the bottom of it. (at least i believe it is) btw nice pot.
I will ask Bill next time I plan to see him, and yes it is his sticker. The pot was gifted to me along with many others as well as all my tools and a larch that has been in training since at least '92. Everything I recieved has been very helpful to my fledgling bonsai carrer and I am grateful for that.

I'm glad you like it (the pot), and I have a tree I will be able to match with it...at least for a period of their lives.

-Dave

for the larch story... http://bonsainut.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1961
http://bonsainut.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2300
 

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what a generous gift from a very generous friend, you are truly lucky. Don't get me wrong I like the tree and believe it will make a very nice shohin indeed. Your combination works well and it is truly a beautiful pot and a complimentary tree. You have done a great job and I look forward to seeing it evolve. As I am not really a fan of traditional 1-2-3 bonsai I can't comment much more on its design. I do however believe that you have done a great job with the material and will have a tree to be proud of.

The larch is also an interesting tree and it is looking great. What a wonderful way to start in this fascinating world of bonsai. Well done!

I really am liking this pot .... I would love to have larger version of it as I recently purchased a tree that would look wonderful in it (the coloration is wonderful). Thank you for the inspiration .
 

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what a generous gift from a very generous friend, you are truly lucky. Don't get me wrong I like the tree and believe it will make a very nice shohin indeed. Your combination works well and it is truly a beautiful pot and a complimentary tree. You have done a great job and I look forward to seeing it evolve. As I am not really a fan of traditional 1-2-3 bonsai I can't comment much more on its design. I do however believe that you have done a great job with the material and will have a tree to be proud of.

The larch is also an interesting tree and it is looking great. What a wonderful way to start in this fascinating world of bonsai. Well done!

I really am liking this pot .... I would love to have larger version of it as I recently purchased a tree that would look wonderful in it (the coloration is wonderful). Thank you for the inspiration .
Thanks Ang, seeing as this is the first time I have tried to pair a pot with a tree, it's good to hear I'm heading in the right direction.

To all you other newbies out there, I was lucky enough to be given this stuff, but it has made the world of difference. Having concave cutters, knob cutters, wire cutters, and shears will make all of the difference. Substitute tools won't do. These tools weren't made for one purpose and then used for bonsai. A purpose evolved, and a tool was invented to solve the problem. Invest in the tools and new doors will open for you. I look forward to the journey with all of you.

With shipping, I imagine you can get this stuff for under $100. (just like you said Harry, forget about it if you don't have a B.F. to spare)

-Dave
 

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I am going to try my hand at patience and try to wait till spring '11 to repot. Unless some of you more experienced nuts suggest differently. Thanks again.

-Dave
Nope, you have the right idea, too much constant work on a juni is not a good idea.

Good start.
 

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I like the pot. I like the tree. I don't like them together.

The pot is way too deep for the tree, IMO. It overwhelms the trunk.

The planting position of the tree in the container, as suggested in the virtual, is also way too low. The lower branch should not be that close to the soil's surface. The tree's nebari is also lost in the suggested position--you can't see where the tree meets the soil--which is an important part of a bonsai composition. The low planting position also only further emphasizes the pot over the tree.

Since the pot is at hand, I realize this may be your only option, or at least the most immediate one. If that's the case, repositioning the tree so it is higher in the pot--high enough to see the nebari when viewed from the side and high enough to give the first branch some "breathing room" from the soil.
 

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I like the pot. I like the tree. I don't like them together.

The pot is way too deep for the tree, IMO. It overwhelms the trunk.

The planting position of the tree in the container, as suggested in the virtual, is also way too low. The lower branch should not be that close to the soil's surface. The tree's nebari is also lost in the suggested position--you can't see where the tree meets the soil--which is an important part of a bonsai composition. The low planting position also only further emphasizes the pot over the tree.

Since the pot is at hand, I realize this may be your only option, or at least the most immediate one. If that's the case, repositioning the tree so it is higher in the pot--high enough to see the nebari when viewed from the side and high enough to give the first branch some "breathing room" from the soil.
Thanks for the insights. A lack of virtual making skills is the main issue with regards to planting depth. Also, it is a pot in hand situation. This is the only tree I have small enough to ever fit in the little sucker, and it is probably the nicest pot I have. The nebari at the moment is just a tangled mess of thin gross juni roots, and I don't think it will ever be a strong suit for this tree.
When I do repot, I am going to try for the "mound" nebari that is commonly seen with material like this.

-Dave
 

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Yeah, that's better. The pot is still a bit too big--it would work MUCH better if the current pot were square. The rectangle is about a third too wide.

That's beside the point, really. If this is what ya got, this is what ya got:D Looks better here.
 

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I think your tree would look good in a round tapered pot or maybe a small lotus pot like this one for now and they're not at all expensive if you buy a Chinese one.

keep it green,
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Snapped a couple pics today. It put on a bit more growth last year before winter set in, and now it is pushing lots of growth.

Dave
 

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