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Perfecting a juniper procumbens

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This past winter I bought a juniper procumbens ‘Nana’, which was already well established as a bonsai. Repotted soon after taking home and I’ve been letting grow freely since. I removed half the age of the soil when repotted, but until the rest does not go away, I did not expect the tree to be as vigorous as can be in soil that drains better.

To prepare the tree for wiring, I recently slimmed foliage. I also removed a branch at the suggestion of Akio Kondo and extended the shari a bit. This is what the tree looked like before and after thinning.

Procumbens

Front – before

Procumbens

Front – after

Procumbens

left – before

Procumbens

left side – after

Procumbens

right side – before

Procumbens

right side – after

Procumbens

Back – before

Procumbens

Back – after

As you can see, the shape of the tree did not change at all, but the overall density is lower than before. This is especially evident when the tree seen from above.

From above

Above

Then jinned a branch back big. The process was simple -. I removed most of the secondary and tertiary branching and off the bark of the remaining pieces

Deadwood

After peeling the bark of the end of the jinned

branch

it is always easier to remove the bark when you jin as the postponement of the work gives the bark time to dry, which is much harder to remove.

Deadwood

After peeling the bark at the base of the branch

Deadwood

The branch jinned from below

This was a natural to extend the shari time, so Boon marked areas for me to work on.

Read also:   Where should you go the apex?

Deadwood

red marks indicate where the new shari be

I tend to take a light approach to carving deadwood on bonsai. Shari often occurs naturally over and under dead branches as SAP can no longer flow through these areas. The few areas that were open all areas adjacent to the dead.

Deadwood

The extent of shari above a dead area

Deadwood

Extending shari below the branch jinned

Deadwood

the extent of shari under a dead branch

Deadwood

extension of the shari then dead branches

Deadwood

from the front

usually let the dry dead wood up to a year or two before being treated with lime sulfur. Expect me help you achieve a more natural effect as lime sulfur does not penetrate well to the new deadwood. I’ll say more about the thinning process Fridays.

This article was originally published on bonsaitonight.com


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