Rocky Mountain Juniper Progression

In August of 2018 I recieved my very first Rocky Mountain Juniper. I purchased it from Todd Schlafer ot First Branch Bonsai at the Midwest Bonsai Society‘s August show. I was using it as a workshop tree with Master Naoki Maeoka. The following will be my failings and progression of the tree under my care.

This image is of when I first got it back to the hotel room. This tree was probably three or four times bigger than I have thought. Its a massive tree. It may or may not have tipped over coming out of the elevator. It almost didn’t fit inside with me.

August 2018
August 2018

This is a bad image of me trying to give some sort of scale with my hand to show how massive this tree’s foliage is.

August 2018
August 2018

The workshop was fine. I really go into these types of workshops just to get an idea of what to do. I prefer to work at home or in my hotel room away from everyone else. I can work at my own slow pace with out people interupting me or judging. To be honest I just love to toss on some tunes and jam out and loose myself in the tree. I am to distracted in a workshop setting.

These next photos are from the workshop in August of 2018 with Naoki Maeoka.

Naoki suggested this as the front and angle for the next repot. I almost like standing and looking to the left over the right corner of the pot. I am ok with this untill someone shows me something different.

Workshop 1 August 2018
Workshop 1 August 2018

Cleaning up and wiring the big pad on this branch.

Workshop 3 August 2018
Workshop 3 August 2018

The goal here was to kill of a branch on the front left and clean up the long extending branch.

Workshop 2 August 2018
Workshop 2 August 2018

In the end I am supposed to pull this branch down and around to the front.

Workshop 4 August 2018
Workshop 4 August 2018

When I got home from Chicago I spent some time washing the deadwood with a toothbrush and I applied Lime Sulfur. I really wanted to start that bend on the branch to bring it down and around to the front. I was warned not to do it that late in the year. It was late August in Minnesota. I was also told that it was the best time to do it. Being that it was something I wanted to do, I went ahead and took the advice to do it.

I wired on a peice of rebar and started in.

This is after applying the Lime Sulfur and securing the rebar.

August 2018
August 2018

This photo is at some point durring the time of pulling the branch down and around to the front.

August 2018
August 2018

Not a good photo, but this is how the tree ended the year in September. I had laid out a lot of the branches. It looked better in person than these horible pictures. I left on a lot of the foliage.

September 2018
September 2018

I don’t know about 2019. It just seems like a lazy bonsai year or maybe there is just not much for me to do yet. I have been busy making fertilizer and sending out product to customers, so I suppose that is a good thing.

Back to this tree though. The one branch I was bending down and around to the front didn’t make it. You can see that in the April photo below.

You can see on the image that the bottom portion is a slightly different shade of green. It was dead. I left it on though until it went completely brown. I then cut it off in July.

2019 April
2019 April

Even though that bottom branch died and I spent the most time on that section, there is still a lot of foliage to work with. The tree has grown very strong this year so far.

You can see in this image how much more floiage there is to work with. Look at all of the tips and see the extending new growth.

2019 July
2019 July

Another angle showing the growth that has taken place this year.

2019 July
2019 July