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Juniper #6 After Shaping

Styling The Juniper Procumbens – Part 6 of 6 – Juniper #6

Okay so here we are finally at tree # 6. I’ll have to admit that this was the hardest one to style, simply because I didn’t want to take the easy way out and make another cascade bonsai out of it.

Juniper #6

Looking at the above picture shows what I mean. You can see the branch on the right flowing down nice and easy.

Opening up the little guy and you can see the two trunks splitting away from each other.

All I would have to do is chop it off and repot what is left into a tall pot and I would have me a cascade bonsai. But remember what I said back in the beginning that If you had the eye you might be able to something more than just another cascade tree in there.

So taking that branch that wants to be a cascade and lifting it up I notice some nice movement in it.

Before I wire up that main trunk I’ll repot it in my oversize pot so as not to take off too many roots at this time.

Looking at this picture though, how many times have you seen this same exact looking juniper for sale by the side of the road or at your local big box store? Again this is where your trained eye comes into play and give the little guy a new look.

Now that the trunk is wired up I can begin to give it some shape.

After that, all that is left is to clean up the foliage a bit.

And this is what I ended up with.
Juniper #6 After Shaping

It doesn’t look like much now but then most bonsai after their initial styling usually don’t. In time and especially after next years repotting when it should be put into a much smaller size pot, it will start to take on it’s new life as a bonsai and not as a ground level shrub.

See you next time with a formal display of these six procumbens junipers. 🙂
Thomas J.

2 thoughts on “Styling The Juniper Procumbens – Part 6 of 6 – Juniper #6”

  1. I am new to this art and seeking information. I have gone to my first show and now I am hooked. I listened to a lecture and learned a little. I read some books (skimmed as I was not sure about the info presented) and talked to some bonsai growers. I bought a small bonsai bowl. I am ready to try a small seedling that I can dig up.

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