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    • MattMatt
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      I hope this will come out clearly in the photos. This Juniper has quite a nice straight trunk with maybe 2 options for a front. My challenge is the trunk was cut ~5 years ago and no clear leader formed, so the top branches out with 4-5 quite thick branches.

      I’m not confident I could bend any of them back to line up with the trunk but that’s 1 option.

      Option 1: Attempt the bend to straighten one of the top branches. Possibly two candidates and might be possible with some serious guy wires/cables. Likely the on that branches out to the left, then heads upwards.

      Option 2: Thin the top, get some sun into the middle, and get new growth in close to the old cut to for the new leader.

      Option 3: Reduce all the branches around the top by 75%, make a much tighter apex which would fill out.

      Option 4: Remove the thinner beach that heads to the right, and ‘jin’ (‘shari’?) the very top as though the tree broke at some point.

      Or something else? 3772F0DB-FF00-485F-928E-B3F5A276ECBB.jpeg 35FF4DB1-5E81-4F70-B7F4-799EFF8FB65A.jpeg AEE8E267-357E-414A-A2DF-78AB72B6F913.jpeg D84627DA-6A37-455F-A378-E27E1CABD96A.jpeg

    • MarkMark
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      Hi Matt,
      You have a challenging piece of material there. I feel you should thin out those branches at the top. To many coming from one point will cause issues down the track. Make sure you look for tapering and interesting movement in the branch you select for a new apex.
      Hope that helps
      Cheers

    • MattMatt
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      Not sure if this adds any value or not, but here is my current thinking. I never did this kind of photo editing before but wanted to give it a go to show what I’m thinking.

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    • MattMatt
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      Slowly, slowly.

      First one is mine, second one is inspiration.

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    • MattMatt
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      Progress update. Managed to straighten the top a little, and re-potted it now in time for spring. Time to let it grow.

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    • MattMatt
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      Thou shalt straighten.

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    • JCJC
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      Hi Matt

      I think that will be the better option, using that branch on the left for the apex.

      What about using a cable tie and you can adjust it bit by bit, have you got a cushion under the wire I cant see in the photo.

      Gee, you are more patient than me, I think I would have cut the branches all on the right side laid it down and said here you go cop this your gunna be a raft:woohoo:

      JC

    • MattMatt
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      It doesn’t show in the photo but the trunk is quite beautiful- I have a vision and I’m working my way there. I’m really excited for the spring growing season to see how it changes.

      I do have a good pad on that top branch under the wire….as time goes by I’ll pull it in tighter and straighten it more. Should be done by end of summer.

    • MattMatt
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      So the cable ties suggested worked great, I have them on there and have been tightening them, the extra control made it quite quick. Thanks JC.

      I feel like I almost have the bones of it right – need some good growth in spring so I can shorten some of the longer branches that just have a sprig of green on the end now.

      Is an infestation of ants in the pot a problem? Not sure why they decided to move in this week – I guess I could flood them out if I submerged the pot and soil overnight? Or some AntRid or something? Or just leave them?

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    • JCJC
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      Hi Matt

      I would be getting rid of them as you said if you don’t have ant sand then dunk it or if you have grange custom you could simply repot it with some fresh mix.
      JC

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