Care And Maintenance Guide For Big Japanese Hinoki Cypress Bonsai

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Well, it’s been a while, since I worked on this big Japanese Hinoki Cypress Bonsai, but three maybe more years ago, used to be nice. Big bushy thing I kept pruning pruning pruning and ended up with this kind of on the sad looking side, but this is a dwarf japanese hinoki cypress that couldn’t decide whether it was going to be a patio Bonsai or more tradition on one side, and I’m still not certain but anyway, it needs to be worked on.

You may want to watch the video to get the general idea what I’m trying to do here.

I put this in a corner that didn’t get much attention. I think that’s why he got neglected. We got neglected so we didn’t want to grow back too fast, so it just compounded the problem, but I finally noticed this thing really needs to be worked on, so I thought we’d do that today and, as always think this should have been done about two three months ago, when, if I cut it back fairly severely, it will have a chance to come back. But there you go, better late than never.

I guess you heard this story before number of times right. Well, that’s what happens when it’s much too busy? Okay, you can see the strings, they have routed off and not doing anything, and that’s one of the reasons why I used the jute.

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Here goes anyway back to this pruning . If I forget to remove the wire or something like that, it would do damage and on the jute it takes about a half a year to a year before it deteriorates. So it did not do any damage.

If I had used like a fishing line or something like that, it would do just much just as much damage as the wire would okay. So I’m gonna get started on this.

Okay, our goal, because this got so long – was to pull this thing down somehow right this.

Go with me. This comes out like this and then start to lighten up on top. So that’s kind of my rough plan for this morning, since it’s been a while, I think I’ll, take it slow and easy trying to figure out what I was trying to do.

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Yeah it’s a right jumbo mess in here. I think if I had kept this down would have put more energy down here and get that to so. You know you should well, you know, I’ve been saying do as I do don’t do as I do, because things get hectic around here and then get around to getting it done in time.

I’m going to see what happens if I try to pull this down. First see right here, you see all this. I want this to come down right. Well, because I didn’t get to it in time. A lot of energy went over here and that’s in the wrong direction, so that should have been cut off a long time ago.

Perhaps last year, then almost all the energy would have gone down here where we wanted to go down. We want this to come down. So that kind of takes up the spacing here that is too much uh, the trunk foreign.

So what I need is this so that it comes down and start to take up the space that doesn’t have branches. So I’m going to bring this down, but it went all the energy went all over the place when they should have been directed into one.

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Then I would be already down here instead of all over so now, I’m going to do some corrections. So do I have the ideal condition right now? No, I still got too many, but I don’t want to thin out so much that you’ll lose Vigor and then slow the whole process down there.

So I’m gonna have to do this in stages again, and hopefully I don’t neglect it like. We did this. First time around, so let me get to this next tier and see what we have up there. Yeah this part is busy too so yeah.

Well, I was looking at this from time to time. It didn’t seem like it was doing much, but I guess it was. Okay, so once again, I’m gonna have to do this in stages, uh and then get it to the point where he has a nice uh, simple pad: okay, let’s move it up, so oh yeah! Okay, so I had to kind of simplify and keep this thing.

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Looking a little bit cleaner looking now, we still got this okay, let’s see what’s inside here. I think it’s been maybe three years, maybe even longer, since I was working on this, you know a lot of what we do is kind of contradictory.

Sometimes I say you know just letter b and other times you better hurry up and get to it. There’S a lot of growth up here, I’m still trying to figure out what we have to work with. Okay, I’m thinking this branch kind of pull down right kind of take up the space down here, see what’s been down.

I put this down here and then some more back here now. If I had used the wire two years three years ago, you know I’d be trying to dig them out uh. So anyway, I’m gonna see what else I need to do and sort of wrap this up for today.

I’M assuming this is the front. So you can see what I’ve done right. I’Ve used the string to pull it down, so if it gets neglected again it won’t be a major problem. So what can I say about this project? Well, I should have done this a year ago or maybe even two years ago, but I think last year would have been a better.

I could have gotten this to develop a little bit further, instead of wasting uh unnecessary growth. Today is the first week in August. I should have started this in May or so then I could have cut back heavier and it would have had time to grow back.

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So what can we say? Well, we could say that we are one year behind and uh three months behind in terms of scheduling. One good thing: a good thing: it was not wired because I would be doing a lot of repairs.

If it was wired, it would be almost impossible to take off. It would have girdled in and made some permanent damages. So that’s that’s one good thing, so we got two beds and one good done. Uh videotaping the first time.

This was really on the ugly side. There was hardly anything left right, so I stuck it in an area. That’S not so prominent uh. I think that’s why it kind of got neglected, so I think now that this has a potential to become something really nice.

I think in next two years, especially if I get these branches to kind of weep down and then kind of take up the lower portion. It would be great, so I’m gonna put it in a little bit more prominent spot and pay a little better the attention and get this thing to look good.

It’S a little bit big to be a bonsai, but I think it’s striking enough that somebody will want it do I want to keep this very long. No, it’s heavy, but uh in two to three years. This will become a a great showpiece.

So those of you that are young and not really poor – you might want to consider this in the future. I’M trying to get rid of everything that is heavy as fast as possible, but I also want to make sure that it has a great basic shape.

So, in terms of style, I think this is like a modified, bunjing or Literati style, because we have our basic line and not much foliage. We can’t really do this uh in the Japanese style, where they make the top Parts really harsh.

I think it has something to do with a culture and the weather when it’s really hot. We don’t want things that are Stark. We want something that is Lush, so this one has the basic line of Literati. You know it kind of has a nice movement and not much taper, and then it goes up so uh.

This was in Japan. They would still take off about a uh 60 of the foliage, but here in California we like to see foliage green foliage. So that’s what I’m going to do is to this is a California version of the literary Style.

California, bunging that’s what we have here anyway, um, like I said it’s a little bit late, um, both in ear and time of the year also, but this is hero, saying goodbye I’ll, see you again real soon in another chapter.

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