Prostrata Juniper work in progress

Discussion in 'Junipers' started by NJoyLife, Jun 19, 2017.

  1. NJoyLife

    NJoyLife Seedling

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    My friend gave me his Prostrata after losing interest and hearing that I was getting into the hobby two weeks ago. It started out as an overgrown Prostrata in a bonsai pot. I selected my branches that gave it taper and made Jin to those that didn't work for the composition. After removing all of the dead and old needles, I have wired the branches, chose my apex and opened it up. Now it's time for sun and fertilizer to green it up and start some back budding, then I need to wait for repotting season(to reposition for my new front) to remove the Miracle Grow potting mix soil my friend used.

    Any critiques, suggestions or recommendations are appreciated. Thanks!

    Regards,
    Mel
     

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  3. GrimLore

    GrimLore Imperial Masterpiece

    Welcome aboard Mel :) It would be a good idea to put your basic location and zone in similar to mine in the avatar. It is really hard to comment on this or any other you might post without knowing your location ;)
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  4. bonsaichile

    bonsaichile Mame

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    Nice job, but I think that pot is too big for that tree. Also, your soil looks too water-retentive. Wait until next spring to repot it.
     
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  5. NJoyLife

    NJoyLife Seedling

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    Thanks for the feedback. I agree! :)
     
  6. NJoyLife

    NJoyLife Seedling

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    Los Angeles Zone 9a
     
  7. thomas22

    thomas22 Shohin

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    Nice job. I think you have done a pretty good job for a first styling and your plan of attack is good also. I also think you did just the right amount of work, not too much or too little. Every few months remove the weak foliage and leave all the strong healthy bright green foliage as well as the back budding that appears strong. After a year you will have all healthy foliage to work with. Keep us posted.
     
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  8. NJoyLife

    NJoyLife Seedling

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    Thanks for your feedback. I will definitely be repotting it into a more size appropriate pot, reposition for my new front and change the substrate in early spring. For now, I'll let it grow.
     
  9. NJoyLife

    NJoyLife Seedling

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    All great tips. Thanks!
     
  10. NJoyLife

    NJoyLife Seedling

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    It's been a month since it's first styling and I'm starting to see new light green growth.

    Built my first bonsai bench for it.

    IMG_8316.JPG IMG_8317.JPG IMG_8318.JPG Seems to be recovering well but no back budding yet. It is getting full sun and Biogold fertilizer. I've been misting the foliage in the mornings. Drip irrigation bubbler goes off once during the heat of the day for 10 minutes (when it gets over 90F) then I hand water in the evening. That's it for now.

    Regards,
    Mel
     
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  11. M. Frary

    M. Frary Bonsai Godzilla

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    You should see it in the crotches or at the base of branches first.
     
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  12. NJoyLife

    NJoyLife Seedling

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    Update. It's is responding to fertilizer and lots of sun with lots of new growth and back budding. Planning to do some carving soon to create more taper and movement near the apex of the trunk. That's all for now.

    Regards,
    Mel
     

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    NJoyLife Seedling

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    2nd styling. I did some pinching, detailed wiring, reshaped the branches and did some carving. IMG_9386.JPG IMG_9387.JPG IMG_9389.JPG
    IMG_9390.JPG IMG_9393.JPG
     
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  14. sorce

    sorce Nonsense Rascal

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    If a Hooker is John Candy.....

    I like your training and automobile...

    But what of your planes?

    It looks nice but you should make the left and right sides land on different planes.
    It will be more dynamic.

    I like the automobile....
    But I would remove it and view the tree for a while without it...

    The tree looks like a tree with it there....
    I think it is giving you a false sense of accomplishment.

    With it gone, I think you will better see the shrub again, thereby making it easier for you to further the tree look.

    Nice growth and wiring!

    Sorce
     
  15. NJoyLife

    NJoyLife Seedling

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    I agree. I will work on designing different planes for the pads. Thanks for your recommendations.
     
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  16. sorce

    sorce Nonsense Rascal

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    Not too much, a little subtle difference will work!

    This is a good start!

    Sorce
     
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