Davidm
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Need help with this

Just got this dwarf Japanese garden juniper and I want to bonsai it but iam not sure if I can or should I say where to start any help would be nice

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Re: Need help with this

Bonsai is a horticultural style, not a cultivar or a ten minute you-tube.

Your juniper is in a landscape pot. It can live in that pot for a couple years if watered at need.

You need all of the following if you want to train it to a shallow bonsai pot.

a wooden chop-stick
a toenail-clipper
pot with large-ish drain holes in the bottom, some screen to cover those holes
bonsai soil or cactus mix
an outdoors space for your juniper to live (on a table or bench is nice)
to read by book or internet on how others train their junipers.

Your not going to transplant until next April or May, so you have time to get used to checking moisture in soil with that chopstick.

Rule # 1 Dry chopstick, its time to water. Damp chopstick, its time to wait (check daily)

Rule # 2 pick up your tree daily, to note problems, If your tree is taking on water properly, weed as needed, and fix in your mind how your tree is growing. Do this as you have your morning cuppa and cigarette.

You can look a tree and draw a scetch of how to prune it a hundred times, you can un-prune it never. As you rummage on the internet or through your library, with top pruning in mind a veritable torrent of photos, should bring you back to your trees and a pad of paper.

Take your time, you are going to live forever, right? So you have all the time you'll need to get the horticultural needs of your tree met, as well as training hopes.

Take the time to understand why a tree should only take one 'insult' a year. (and your tree has already had its quota)
Think like a tree
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Re: Need help with this

Ok so I should leave it in the pot it came in from the store I have a nice bonsai pot for it should I put it in there now

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Re: Need help with this

One insult per year. The slower you go, the happier both your tree and you will be.
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Re: Need help with this

Davidm wrote:Ok so I should leave it in the pot it came in from the store I have a nice bonsai pot for it should I put it in there now
agree with tom re go slow and learn about what you are doing first. You can't just plop it in a little bonsai pot. It has to be reduced in size (top and root system) first, so that it can fit in and survive on the tiny amount of soil in a bonsai pot.
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