Remember the future bonsai enthusiasts?

After my youngest daughter and I planted her seedling she got from Earth Day she asked me to teach her a little more about bonsai. So while she was at school the other day I took a trip to my local bonsai nursery to see if I could find a starter tree for her. A co-worker had also asked me to purchase him his first indoor (tropical) bonsai so I was able to kill 2 birds with one stone. There will be a brief post on that later on. I happened to find her a small shimpaku juniper that I thought would be perfect. Small cute tree for a small cute girl 🙂  We talked about the design, we did some pruning, wiring and re-potting of the little tree. I think the overall outcome of it for her first time ever doing bonsai was great! She did most of the work while really the only thing I did was help wire and bend some of the tougher parts.

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Here is the little starter shimpaku juniper.

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My daughter Mayah and I discussing the design of the bonsai.

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Here she is pruning away some of the unwanted growth and giving some shape to the tree.

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Showing her how to wire. We used aluminum wire on this tree since it would be much easier for her to handle.

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She is telling me her vision of how she wants the bonsai to look 🙂

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This is how she wanted it to look. Not too bad for her first bonsai!

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Out of the training pot and ready for a new bonsai pot. 

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Roots raked out but not pruned. 

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This is the little pot she picked out. 

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Positioning in pot and securing in place. 

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Adding bonsai soil.

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Teaching her how to use a bamboo stick to get soil into all crevices of the roots. 

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Here is a close-up of the little shimpaku juniper.

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First watering of her bonsai in its new pot!

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Proud little girl of her very own and first attempt at bonsai. Times like these makes a dad’s heart grow fonder 🙂

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