Wire Damage - Pre-Bonsai Trailing Juniper - March 2021
Back in October of 2020, I posted some photos showing a juniper cultivar that I have kept in a large patio container for the past few seasons and talked about how I had wrapped some wire around some of the limbs as I began to learn how to bonsai the past few seasons. I overwintered this container both inside the screened porch and then, due to A LOT of fungus gnats, ended up moving it back outside.
This is the same juniper that I posted snow-covered back in February that really got my brain going on bonsai for 2021, so when the snow melted, I immediately went and looked at the state of the tree. And, it turns out, the wire that I wrapped on the tree (either in 2020 or 2019) was on far too long and too tight. Because there's quite a bit of wire damage. You can see it below, but it was on their so long that it was difficult to remove as the tree began to grow AROUND the wire.
This is a tree that I'll move work pretty hard this year (it is #2 on my 2021 Bonsai to-do list and part of #8 on my overall to-do list for 2021) as I remove the multiple-leaders that exist now and try to train one of them up into a more vertical/apex position.