Juniper „Itoigawa“ developing

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    Oliver Wohlfarth

    Hello. I just wanted to show you my little juniper Itoigawa.


    This picture is from May 2019. After a few months in my garten. I cleaned out every dead stuff and let them grow as he wanted.

    In 2020 (I will add a picture as soon as I find one) I repoted them in the same grey pot and also give them space to grow free. I only used some guywires.

    And today on the 28th of February 2021 I wired the whole tree for (my very first time) the first time completely.
    I started 3 days ago with the first 3 branches on the right and back side. Then the sun was away and also my back startet to hurt a bit. 😂 Yesterday I was thinking and thinking of cutting of one branch or not. A night later I decided to keep them alive and just shortened it a bit.
    I cleaned the trunk wire the rest of the tree today. I also changed the front and the ancle a bit. I know it is just one juniper like everyone else. But for the first time it is a feeling like a real Bonsai. I love the perfect styled japanese exebition ones with the white deadwood. So here is mine now:


    I know the wire is not perfect. I used a bit to much. Next time I will buy a bigger range of wires. My plan now: Let them grow this year again almost free. The first foliage pads on the left and the right needs to be a bit larger and also the top needs a bit more strength. But for today I am realy happy with my juniper. Next year I will try to repot it without damaging to much roots but get it back in his pot or maybe I find a better one until this day. Is it okay to let them stay in this position? The pot will dry out on the one side faster than on the other?

    Thank you all. I will keep you up to date. 👌

    Geoff Hobson

    I like your work, well done. I would not leave it like that, but I don’t think it will do any harm. I would use a round pot, but maybe a bit shallower and unglazed. Otherwise I like it.



    Coming on nicely. Good job 🙂

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