This is a follow up for this thread: https://ask.bonsaitonight.com/t/variegated-hinoki/1969
Turns out the tree was severely underfertilized and has bounced back to a nice green color, though it’s still falling short of the nice deep Hinoki green:
I think there’s something going on with the roots slowing it down, so I want to repot next year into bonsai soil. More urgently though, the weather this spring in SF has been great and this tree is putting out a lot of new foliage. Unfortunately, even though it’s acting like a shimpaku (that is, turning into broccoli) I understand it can’t be pruned like a shimpaku. What’s the best way to thin out some of these areas to prevent dieback? Also, if I’m going to repot I assume I shouldn’t wire or do any major pruning right now, or would that be ok? The tree needs a lot of work but I don’t want to push it too hard.