The Juniperus posted earlier is now wired and branches are again in position. I choose to use aluminium wire because this is going to give me a better fixation. For every branch, big or small, I used 1 size more than necessary so the wire can stay on longer. Next growing season I expect a lot of inside growth because now the light can enter inside the tree.
Our crew started to prepare the raw material for the next season.
Five different types of Juniperus amonst them also chinesis & Itoigawa for sho hin, four different types of Pinus, Cryptomeria, Taxus, some Cedrus, etc…
Today I checked the leaf and branch quality of one of my Bunjin Junipers. This is a japanese yamadori tree that is already a very long time in a pot. Last wiring was about 4 years ago. He is now 3 years without wire and without intensively training. The reason was that I wanted to let my branches “stand on their own” (without the help of wire).
To check the branch quality I had to use the same technique of cleaning out older and unnecessary young branches. This is one possible front side.
This is another possible front side. About the branch quality; the tree is nearly there were I want him to be but still can be improved. So I decide to give him also a new complete wiring
These Styrax were seven years in cultivation and now two years in pot. Last year we did a drastic pre pruning to remove all unnecessary branches and last summer they made a lot of new branches. Now we did a last selection pruning before wiring. They all have a nice trunk movement and are cultivated for sho hin bonsai. On the picture you can see two after pruning and one after wiring. For the next coming summer we are going to maintain them as a bonsai. All trees will be wired by tomorrow and on the sales benches. Styrax japonica is not easy to find in sho hin size.
After 9 years of cultivation period and 3 years in this pot we now have this raw material of Acer buergerianum. First branch selection and 1st wiring was done 2 years ago. Some more new branches has grown on and now they are ready for a 2nd wiring.
The trees wired and styled are now on our sales benches. From there on this is ideal starters material towards a better quality bonsai in the future. We did some smaller & some medium size. This is now very good material for the projects during our workshops, were we will take next steps of root improvement, taper improvement, branch ramifications etc…