Hey Bob. I just watched those two videos, and wow. I’d heard Chan talk about and demonstrate his 100% sphagnum growing medium technique (for sick trees) in other videos and found it very interesting. But to nurse this poor juniper back to robust health through twelve years using the technique is remarkable.
Ultimately, the work of the Italian “master” (I use that term in quotations because of how reckless his work appeared) served as a harsh “force of nature” that has resulted in a truly wild-looking specimen, now that it has been revived. I would love to see what Ryan could do with this very unique juniper at this stage in its development.