Recently, I was learning about forrest planting. Then apply what was learned to a forrest planting using cypress. Me and 2 other people created a 5 cypress forrest planting. We picked out a nice yellow looking pot for all of the cypress to go in.
The first thing to do to the cypress is prepair them to be put in the pot. After being prepaired, then we had to figure out how we wanted the cypress arranged... When arranging a forrest planting, you do not want what they call a "picket fense", you want to make it interesting and most importantly... NATURAL
As you can see, we have the smaller lookng trunks torwards the front. The reason for this was to make it controversal. We wanted to get people talking!
Now postitioned how we wanted it, it's time to chop the cypress to different hights. You do this to make it more interesting. If you go outside and look at a forrest, not every tree is the same size and thickness. That's why you use skinnier and thicker trees, and taller and shortet trees.
Off it goes!
And that's it! I'm going to show you the after picture but first from the sides... When you do a forrest planting, you need to be able to see each part of each trees trunk. Take a look and see if you can spot all 5!
And here is the front. I love the way it turned out and can't wait to see what it looks like all full and grown out!
Happy June! Since it's been a rainy June, I haven't had a chance to go outside and work on my trees... But last night, I went to my usual CFBC meeting and I got to work on some trees. One of them was my blog tree... The ficus microcarpa! This tree was given to me by a bonsai friend. When I showed it to him, he remembered the tree right away! You have seen this tree in the blog posts A FICUS MICROCARPA... and A FICUS MICROCARPA UPDATE... I decided to do some work on it and start to get it into shape...
Here is the before picture:
I decided first it was time to defoliate because I am trying to get smaller leaves.
I finished defoliating the tree! Now it's time to cut these branches in so I can force back the growth.
I finished cutting back the branches!
Now I have to add some wire...
Now that I wired out the whole tree... I have to place the branches to where I want them.
Before I show you the finished tree, the before:
The top of the finished tree:
And the finished tree:
I hope you have enjoyed and learned! The next step is to let it grow out a little, and repeat the steps from this blog post. This tree is also very root bound (roots circling the pot), which means I need to repot it. But that's another blog post...
(Juniper Info) (Re-potting a Juniper Info: 1, 2, 3)
On Valentines day, I brought one of my junipers to Jason Schley (Bio) for placement of some branches. CFBC was putting on a Bring Your Own Tree Workshop (BYOT) for Junipers. Here is what the juniper looked like before branch placement:
Here is Jason working on my tree:
And here is what it looks like when it was done having the branches placed:
When Jason finished placing the branches, he told me to put it in a nice unglazed, oval pot and to get the moss off the trunk. He also told me not to reduce the length of the branches because it would stress out the tree. So in about a week after placing the branches, I picked out a pot and put it in there.
In order to put the juniper in the pot above, I had to go through a couple steps. Here are the steps:
I had to get the moss off the trunk. If I kept it on, it would eventually rot the trunk away.
All off! Now I have to take it out of it's pot. One of the reasons I have to repot the tree is because it isn't stable in it's pot. It has fallen out of it pot before, squirrels have dug in the pot, and the tree's roots weren't supporting it. The soil was also broken down muck.
The juniper just got taken out of the pot, no wonder why the roots couldn't support the tree! There really wasn't any!! Now I have to prepare the pot. I have to put in two screens to hold in the soil, two small pieces of wire to hold in the screens, and two big pieces of wire to hold the tree in the pot.
All prepared! Now for some soil and chop-sticking! Chop-sticking helps get rid of the extra air space.
The bottom half of the soil is all chop-sticked! Now to fit the tree in the pot.
The tree fits and it's placed in the pot. Now to fill it with soil, and finish chop-sticking. Here is the before picture so you don't have to scroll to the top of this post:
And here is the after: (Instagram filter on it)
I hope you have learned about repotting a tree and about junipers. Thank you to all who helped!
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Recently I participated in a show that displayed some of my trees! The show was put on by Kawa Bonsai Society (WEBSITE) called Joy of Bonsai. They had the following guest artists: Sean Smith, Mike Rogers, Randy Clark (2), Mike Cartrett (2), and Mike Sullivan. I wanted to share a video, pictures, and a newspaper article I'm in with my lovely followers!!!
Here is the Video I Made:
I put the pictures on my Flickr page, if you click here --> http://flic.kr/s/aHsjQYvNyX It will bring you to the pictures I took at Joy of Bonsai. The Friday night of Joy of Bonsai 2014, I had a guy take a picture of me helping Sean Smith on a Demo. I was helping put a guide wire on a juniper during Sean’s 3 ring demo… It turned out that the guy was from the newspaper and he asked for my name, then I told him that I had a display of trees here. Right before he had to leave, we went over to my display, and he interviewed me! He said it would be in the paper this Saturday (1/25/14), Click HERE to read the article.
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Last time you saw this Ficus was when I defoliated it!
But NOW... It has GROWN!!
This Ficus has been growing nicely!! I cant do anything to it right now because of the weather (40 Degrees) but I wanted to show an update for my loyal people (Followers)!!
Maybe it will become a windswept style... We'll have to see!! In a couple of years, maybe you'll even see it at a display!!
~Ben Jamin Lorber
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