Konstantin
Newly Registered
Posts: 3
Joined: Sat Mar 14, 2009 9:51 am

New bonsai and new member

Hello,
I am new to this forum and to bonsai in general. I got this plant (which i think is Needle Juniper) two months ago, and it has been growing steadily eversince. I was wondering if anyone can give me some tips and advices like: should I prune it and how, does the tree look healthy.... Pls, any help would be appreciated.
[img]https://i611.photobucket.com/albums/tt194/kosioboy/DSC_0026.jpg[/img]
[img]https://i611.photobucket.com/albums/tt194/kosioboy/DSC_0027.jpg[/img]
[img]https://i611.photobucket.com/albums/tt194/kosioboy/DSC_0025.jpg[/img]
[img]https://i611.photobucket.com/albums/tt194/kosioboy/DSC_0029.jpg[/img]
[img]https://i611.photobucket.com/albums/tt194/kosioboy/DSC_0031.jpg[/img]

User avatar
Gnome
Mod
Posts: 5122
Joined: Wed Jul 05, 2006 4:17 am
Location: Western PA USDA Zone 6A

Konstantin,

Hello and welcome to the forum. Your plant certainly seems healthy to me. It is getting a little scraggly but there is no rush to prune right now. Bonsai go through cycles, they are not static. It is not uncommon for trees to be allowed a period of growth before cutting back.

As far as the ID goes, I'm not convinced that you have a Juniper, but I don't really have a good alternative candidate in mind either. Sorry I have not been more helpful, perhaps someone else has an idea.

Norm

User avatar
uzeyr
Senior Member
Posts: 207
Joined: Fri Dec 21, 2007 1:45 pm
Location: rochdale,manchester

WOW WOW WOW :o
I LOVE THE design of the tree is looks so nice take care of it :D
but as norm said it does need some cutting and pruning

Konstantin
Newly Registered
Posts: 3
Joined: Sat Mar 14, 2009 9:51 am

Thx

Thx for the comments and to the replies.
Now my mission is to ID the little guy, so I know how to take better care for it. One of the species that resemble to it is Japanese Cedar, but I am not quite sure, any help IDing it would be nice.

kdodds
Greener Thumb
Posts: 1436
Joined: Fri Mar 07, 2008 12:07 am
Location: Airmont, NY Zone 6/7

Could be Cryptomeria, possibly Araucaria (Norfolk Island Pine).

thebean
Full Member
Posts: 57
Joined: Fri Dec 12, 2008 2:07 am
Location: Niagara Falls, NY

looks to me to be a norfolk pine, very healthy

Konstantin
Newly Registered
Posts: 3
Joined: Sat Mar 14, 2009 9:51 am

Thx for the replies

Ok thank you again for IDing this plant. However, your replies are pointing towards Norfolk Pine - which according to the research is not quite suitable for bonsai, even though I found some sites suggesting its just harder to train. Do u have any advices into pruning and shaping it? Also, I promise I will post pictures of my second bonsai, which is Ficus Microcarpa (at least I think so, again. :D )

User avatar
uzeyr
Senior Member
Posts: 207
Joined: Fri Dec 21, 2007 1:45 pm
Location: rochdale,manchester

btw is the tree indoors because it looks like it if i were u i would take it out what say u guys ?

kdodds
Greener Thumb
Posts: 1436
Joined: Fri Mar 07, 2008 12:07 am
Location: Airmont, NY Zone 6/7

If it's a Norfolk Island pine, no, I would not take it out, at least not in the winter/fall, but if it is Cryptomeria japonica, then yes, I would.

Return to “Bonsai Photo Gallery”