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juniper San Jose

Post  stavros on Wed May 11, 2011 8:51 pm

Another tree purchased this year from a bonsai specialist. It is a San Jose juniper, grown from cutting that spent a few good years in the ground.
It has an almost 15 cm trunk diametre at the base (maybe a bit more)

I am planning to let the tree get acclimatized for this year, by only watering, feeding, foliar feeding and careful prunig to make it backbud nearer to the trunk.
In the meantime, i will make my plans for styling. My experience with the species is that they grow very vigorously and fast, and they do not mind the hot Cyprus summer.

Any comments, thoughts??

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Re: juniper San Jose

Post  Greg on Thu May 12, 2011 5:43 pm

Nice tree! San Jose juniper must be ok for our climate conditions.

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Re: juniper San Jose

Post  stavros on Thu May 12, 2011 8:41 pm

i haven't thought about it yet.
my main concern is to push new growth nearer to the trunk by proper pruning and while the tree will do that, i will try to come up with a styling plan.
the tree offers itself to several options
its quite big and impressive

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Re: juniper San Jose

Post  my nellie on Wed Jun 01, 2011 3:22 pm

Stavros, have you ever tried to grow a juniper cutting yourself?

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Re: juniper San Jose

Post  Savvas P. on Wed Jun 01, 2011 3:36 pm

My Nielie i bet he has at least 30 cuttings...He gave me 4 already,3 youngsters and one 4 year old,all doing well i must say.... thumbs down


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Re: juniper San Jose

Post  stavros on Wed Jun 01, 2011 4:56 pm

my nellie wrote:Stavros, have you ever tried to grow a juniper cutting yourself?

all junipers San Jose i have came from 15 cuttings i took from Herons bonsai (Peter Chan) 7-8 years ago...
I grew 11 trees from those (like this one [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] ) and by now i have more than 50 rooted cuttings taken from the trees that grew since.
The only san jose which i did not grow myself is this one.

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Post  my nellie on Thu Jun 02, 2011 2:28 pm

Chance given, it would be helpful to give us some details, timing for cuttings for example, etc
I know juniper's cuttings are easy to grow. How long until they root and show signs of new growth?
Thank you, Stavros.

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Post  stavros on Thu Jun 02, 2011 3:45 pm

my nellie wrote:Chance given, it would be helpful to give us some details, timing for cuttings for example, etc
I know juniper's cuttings are easy to grow. How long until they root and show signs of new growth?
Thank you, Stavros.

Well, I only take cuttings when i prune "hard", and that would be either January-February or October-November.
The idea is to use free draining substrate and make sure that temperatures are not going to be extreme.
Fresh rootlets are very sensitive to heat / cold.
Sometimes i dip them in rooting hormone, sometimes not.
Once they root, they will start to show signs of growth. It usually takes minimum a couple of months with san jose, a bit longer with other junipers....Do not try phoenicean juniper, you will be disappointed (very difficult to root)
I never like to throw pruned branches away, especially with junipers ( i have a fixation with them:))


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Re: juniper San Jose

Post  stavros on Mon Mar 19, 2012 6:30 pm

UPDATE:
The tree was styled primarily last sunday during the workshop we had with Graham Potter.
It took me several hours (almost half a day) to wire it and lots of wire. I enjoyed every minute of it.
More major work in 2013....
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Post  Greg on Mon Mar 19, 2012 7:13 pm

great tree, great transformation!!! It was worth all the wiring effort


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Post  Savvas P. on Mon Mar 19, 2012 7:45 pm

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Post  my nellie on Tue Mar 20, 2012 10:15 am

stavros wrote: ... ... I enjoyed every minute of it... ...
I bet you did, Stavros!
Lucky you Cypriots brothers, you have had your first guest there to get advantage of his expertise!

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Re: juniper San Jose

Post  Savvas P. on Tue Mar 20, 2012 6:02 pm

my nellie wrote:
stavros wrote: ... ... I enjoyed every minute of it... ...
I bet you did, Stavros!
Lucky you Cypriots brothers, you have had your first guest there to get advantage of his expertise!

Thx a lot......and it was worth every minute and euro of it.... thumbs up Very Happy thumbs up Very Happy

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