Shimpaku Juniper (sargent juniper)

After styling, wiring and then buying from my local bonsai nursery, Natures Way Bonsai (Harrisburg, Pa.) I decided it was time to get my new Shimpaku Juniper into a bonsai pot and out of the ugly plastic nursery pot. 

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Here is the shimpaku juniper styled, wired and just arrived home a month or two ago.

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Close-up of a jin and shari combo. Once the tree regains its strength from the re-pot, I will detail the deadwood features more and lime-sulfer them. 

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Another close-up angle.

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Current state and in the workshop ready for re-potting.

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Soil surface and root-ball.

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Roots raked out. The soil was actually very loose and most fell off as soon as I touched it. More fell off then I would have liked but we will be ok. 

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After slightly pruning the roots. I only pruned up under in the middle of the root-ball. You should only prune 1/3 – 1/2 of the roots at a time for junipers. I left the side roots untouched and will spread them out in the pot. The only reason I pruned the underneath middle was in order to get it to fit deep enough into its new pot. 

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New pot! Brown unglazed 9.75×7.5×3.5 oval Mica pot (yixing pot).

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The pot only has 1 drain hole in the middle unfortunately. But we can work around that. Since there is only 1 hole and no tie down holes, I took a thick stainless steel rod and cut it to the appropriate size of the hole and anchored the tie down wire to it. You can kind of see the smaller diameter shiny wire loop over the anchor bar(sorry for blurry image). The cheap gold aluminum wire is only holding the mesh in place. 

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Bottom of pot with a layer of course lava rock for drainage.

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Shimpaku Juniper in its new pot! The root structure on this tree was a little weird. It has surface roots that were quite higher on the trunk then the root mass. So the tree looks like it’s sitting higher in the pot then it actually is. On a deciduous tree I would of just pruned these off and started fresh but they make up way to much of the root structure and I dare not do it with a juniper. Eventually down the road when the pot fills with finer feeder roots and these surface roots thicken up I will re-pot again but will be able to cut more from the bottom of the root mass, sink the tree lower to where these roots will be at the soil  surface and then start to form nice nebari. 

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Root structure at soil level.

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Close-up of roots.

Well there you have it for now! Thanks for reading and as always, if you’re not a follower of my blog yet don’t be afraid to sign up! 

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