I had such high hopes for my little Japanese cedar when I picked it up this spring, but it looks like I pruned it too hard, too fast.
March: repot and pruning
I really wish I had stopped pruning here. I think the tree would have thrived much more in this state, than it did after the massive defoliation I inflicted on it.
This looked like a good final-ish shape for a shohin. I really should have been patient and trimmed it back this much after it had a growing season to recover.
After the damage was done, I had an impressive pile of needles. I tried rooting a few of the larger ones, but unfortunately none of them survived.