Another Nursery Stock Bonsai Tree: Chinese Juniper
Yesterday, I posted a photo of the Youngstown Juniper that I bought at Home Depot to work into a bonsai tree and mentioned that I also picked up another tree. Here's that tree: A Chinese Juniper 'Pfitzeriana Aurea'. Same deal: from Home Depot in Darien in a #1 pot that cost less than $10. Above you can see the tree that includes some gold-ish needles in the new growth. Below, you can see a close-up of the tag.
This will be a tree that I'll work on in a similar fashion to the Youngstown Juniper. I'm aware that since these things are so small that the trunks are very thin - and it is going to take a LONG time to work this into anything substantial. But...it is a cheap way for me to work on some pruning techniques, right?
This will make three nursery stock trees that I've started. I also have identified a tree on our property - it is a cut-down of one of the American Elms that the U of I Master Gardener identified - that I am going to try to harvest and pot that has a larger trunk to try my had at a 'collected bonsai' tree. The other thing that I've begun to consider is building some sort of shelf to hold the three or four bonsai trees. There are free-standing stands/shelves that I think are pretty neat, but for now, I'm considering something a bit more simple - likely hanging on our existing fence that I can place the pots in a sunny location. That project has to fall in line behind the yard hydrant/hose reel setup that I need to work on in the coming weeks.