juniper San Jose no. 7

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juniper San Jose no. 7

Post  stavros on Tue Jun 07, 2011 3:07 pm

A few years ago, ( 7 or 8 ), i planted 15 Ch. Juniper San Jose cuttings of about 2mm diametre (brought from the UK, in a plastic sealed bag where they spent 5 days !!!) and i managed to grow 11 trees. I kept most of them and last autumn, i started working on one. The tree received its basic structure but it still needs lots of refinement, especially the crown and secondary branches.

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Last february the tree was repotted in a nice Erin pot. It definitely has a long way to go.
It grows nicely and i hope that in a couple of years it will be show ready (ready to be shown as a bonsai i mean)
I am very happy that i have managed to grow it from a small cutting Smile

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Re: juniper San Jose no. 7

Post  stavros on Sun Mar 04, 2012 8:23 pm

One of the tree's problems is the reverse taper seen at the base of the trunk.
After seeing a technique from Pavel Slovak, i decided to give it a go. This technique involves splitting of the trunk and insertion of a wooden wedge in order to make the tree wider and give it chance to form callus and improve the unpleasant narrow base
This is an experiment and as such, i am waiting to see the results
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Re: juniper San Jose no. 7

Post  Greg on Mon Mar 05, 2012 8:58 pm

I think it will work.
Why not trying a couple of wire rings as well?

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Re: juniper San Jose no. 7

Post  will baddeley on Tue Mar 06, 2012 11:58 am

Hello Stavros. Might I suggest you put a bigger wedge in and place a cable tie or wire to stop the tree from splitting too far. I would also go for a much larger pot as well.

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Re: juniper San Jose no. 7

Post  stavros on Tue Mar 06, 2012 2:24 pm

Thanks for the advice and the tip Will.
I will do it in a couple of weeks, along with potting it in a larger pot.

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