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From Shrub to Bonsai (partially snapped branches) 8 months 3 weeks ago #33378

In wiring this juniper shrub, I inevitably and partially snapped a branch or two. This was my first time styling and wiring a tree. My wiring technique's needs a lot of improvement.

The snaps are very minimal and are still attached to the the branches. Should I buy glue to fix this, or will the tree just heal over the snaps?

Also, how long before I can remove the wire from the tree?

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From Shrub to Bonsai (partially snapped branches) 8 months 3 weeks ago #33379

You should remove the wire and try to redo it. Try YouTube on some wire techniques. Don't cross wires or you will choke the tree and don't apply them to tight or to lose. But for the snaps if the cambium didn't split then it should form a knuckle there but if it did chances are that branch is going to die. Use black tape to hold it together and raffia and hope it didn't die
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From Shrub to Bonsai (partially snapped branches) 8 months 3 weeks ago #33380

Travi51 wrote: You should remove the wire and try to redo it.


The plant is kept indoors. Is that a heater that it is on? It has been badly wired and branches snapped. Not sure how long this tree will live, but if you unwire it now, the damage will increase and the plant will live even shorter.
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From Shrub to Bonsai (partially snapped branches) 8 months 3 weeks ago #33381

Nice job for the first time, but it will be a struggle to keep it alive indoors, and above a heating is a really bad spot. If you have a place outside put it there. If you snap a branch it depends where it's snaps,mostly it will be fine. Remove the wire when it start to grow in a bit.

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From Shrub to Bonsai (partially snapped branches) 8 months 3 weeks ago #33383

I understand that taking the wire off could further damage the tree but if he leaves it on won't it choke and kill the tree
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From Shrub to Bonsai (partially snapped branches) 8 months 3 weeks ago #33385

The tree is on a heater/ ac unit that I never turn on so it shouldn't be an issue. I used it as a table for my trees because its by the windows.
I'm forced to have this tree indoors because I don't have a balcony. I have a humidifier which increases the humidity around this tree.
I also have the window open most of the day.

I have a Chinese Elm which has responded well (after undergoing transplant shock) indoors so far with the humidifier and cracking the window open.

I overlapped a second wire over the first one I had put on that branch. I can remove that secondary wire which is causing the "chocking" appearance.
Thank you for your advice.
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From Shrub to Bonsai (partially snapped branches) 8 months 3 weeks ago #33386

Do not work the tree, remove wires or try to glue things. Plants can cover wounds. Every manipulaton now will increase the damage.

What type of wire did you use? It may have been a bit too thick. I like to use two thinner wires if not certain as it will, durong wiring, inflict less damage. Once you habe.more experience, you take the right size and type.

Do note that junipers are short lived indoors. But amazing views? Which city?
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From Shrub to Bonsai (partially snapped branches) 8 months 3 weeks ago #33392

Ok, I won't mess with it for now. I used a 14 gauge wire. I think its aluminum.
I will be moving into a unit with a balcony soon, so that shouldn't be an issue within the next two months or so.
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