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Juniper Workshop - Saturday March 9th (18 Feb 2019)

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Literati

1 year 11 months ago #55143 by Farmer J
I have a juniper procumbens "Nana" styled as a cascade since 2011, and I felt it was going nowhere fast, bordering on boring and cliched. I recently twisted it up thinking a literati style might suit it. It is now about 40 cm high. Not sure what to do with the two remaining branches. I'm planning to let it recover and grow for a while. I may have done the wrong thing, and the juniper is not worth the effort, so any advice is appreciated.
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John

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1 year 11 months ago #55144 by JC
Hi John

If it was me I would slip pot it into a plastic pot with plenty of room, fresh soil and let it power on, keeping the style you are going for.

JC
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1 year 11 months ago #55145 by Farmer J
Thanks JC. I thought I'd twist it whilst it was firm in its present pot, then transfer it untouched once I had settled on a design. So now it's up to Leong's old mate, Father Time.
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1 year 11 months ago #55148 by JC
Hi John

Has it got some movement in the side view rather than flat?

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1 year 11 months ago - 1 year 11 months ago #55149 by Farmer J
JC, I've turned it through 90 degrees. Any thoughts before I repot?

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1 year 11 months ago - 1 year 11 months ago #55151 by JC
Hi John

Ok I think that you need to rewire it as it should be closer to 45 degrees and not so loose down at the start, that way you will have more control over the bends and lessen the chance of the inner wood splintering and punching holes in the cambium layer.

Do you need that heavy a gauge to start with?

Oh also did you push a section of the wire into the pot to start with to get a good anchor point?

Not sure if you do or not but some of our members straighten and re-use the wire don't be tempted as it work hardens and will kink, when it has been on a tree in the sun it is worse when exposed to the atmosphere.

I have attached a picture of a fig I wired up to explain what I mean, just noticed mine isn't all that neat when I did the bends down low the wire coils came close together but held shape.

JC

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1 year 11 months ago #55154 by Farmer J
Good advice. The wire is anchored well and truly into the dirt. The wire is new, from Leong. I used a narrower gauge but couldn't twist and hold. Originally, the tree was pointing down, so this is virtually a 180 deg bend. I'll work on it a bit more and keep you posted. Thanks again!
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1 year 11 months ago #55156 by Anthony W
Both trunk shapes look find but to convince you really have to make the branching and foliage dance as with literati we all know we have no where to hide.

Good start so far.:)

Maybe some ideas maybe?

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1 year 11 months ago #55158 by JC
Hi Anthony

Good one, I think that the first one is the go with a little less at the top.

JC
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1 year 11 months ago #55160 by Farmer J
Thanks Anthony. The first drawing has captured what I had in mind.
John

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