Juniperus Procumbens 'Nana'

by Diane
(Christchurch, New Zealand)

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This is my first ever Bonsai, i have wanted to do it since i was a teenager, i love them so much, and i came across your website and decided its now or never, but have found it really hard to get the requirements to do this here in Christchurch, New Zealand, but i followed your 'Make a Bonsai guide' and this is what i have made but im thinking i have left to much foiliage on it not sure can you help?

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Oct 28, 2010
my Tip 4 u
by: Shudosiy

here's what you do: first grow it well in the pot for until it is pot bound ..maybe a year or so...fertilize during spring and summer to give out new sprouts...then when you think its healthy the ff:
@ think first what is the style best suits ur tree?
you can look closely at its roots if it has a curved or a very swirled root system then the tree will come out more pronouncely aged in a couple of yrs...if not you will have to focus on the foliage and make the best out of it...this is typically the problem if you buy from nurseries...a typical stem cut and not from seed grown...those from the wild and from seeds create a very interesting root system which creates character of age...
@ draw an outline of the tree. and what you would like it to be one day
@ select branches to form the primary trunks...its ok if your cutting away 80% of foliage as this will tend to thicken once you have a correct pettern on the go...
@ form the seecondary and thirsiary branches next...

Oct 27, 2010
by: Mark

That looks great! I would leave it as it is for a while, let it develop and grow into the pot. It is your style and it will more than likely change as the tree grows. Keep it up.

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