I found this little dwarf hinoki cypress at a local nursery this past fall. They had it on sale for about $3.00 for end of season! I liked the way the movement of the trunk and branches were so I figured I would buy it. I would of been stupid not too at that price! I did some dead wood work on it creating some jins and wired it with copper wire. The overall process is a spread of about 6-7 months (due to time mostly). Below is a progression photo series of the bonsai from when I obtained it to its now current pot. I have not completed the full wiring process. I got most of the wiring done to position the main branches but not to fine tune the tips and create foliage pads. I ran out of time and then we came to repotting season. I wanted to get it in better soil and a new pot so I will have to wait on the finishing of the wiring now. One thing with hinoki cypress is that it is a very bad idea to root prune/repot and wire at the same time. Most likely the tree will not like you and go to a happy place in heaven 😉 . You should always wait a good 6-8 weeks after repotting to wire and the same if you are doing it in reverse order.
Here it is fresh from the nursery and looking all shaggy. Believe me there is a bonsai in there……. I think.
Just like the front…. nothing spectacular.
I started thinning it out and you can see that the top foliage is compact and the bottom foliage is leggy and far at the tips. So lets work on fixing that issue.
Another view of thinning out some of the branches. Hinoki will not back bud on old wood so it’s a must to thin out the foliage to get sunlight into the interior. Without light the inner green will turn brown and die quickly.
After I gave the tree some rest from all the thinning out (you can see the huge difference from the previous pic), I started working on creating some jins. Remember those long leggy lower branches? 🙂
Here is a close up of the jin work.
As I explained in an earlier post about wire, I use a cheap gold aluminum wire for a short temporary fix until I have time or whatever else reason to properly wire the tree with good quality wire. Plus by doing this I can get a better idea of what I want to do when i wire it properly. And “NO” i do not do this to every tree! That would be just down right crazy. LOL
All the temp wire removed and the jin work refined. Ready to get a good official wire.
Close up 🙂
Here it is mostly wired up with good copper wire and all the jins have been lime-sulfured to make them standout.
Close up of some wiring and jin work.
Ready for its new pot!
Root ball and potting soil
Roots raked out
Root ball trimmed up but not bare rooted.
This will be its new home. This is a 2 tone unglazed Zisha pot. Zisha pots are also called Yixing pots. They are made in China by Jiangsu Yixing Ceramic Group.
In its new pot!
Right side view
left side view
close up of rear jin
The the final view again. Once I get to wire and create the foliage pads in the future I will do an update post for this tree.
Thanks for viewing!