Walter Pall's main blog about bonsai and his work with trees from day to day. Lots of good pictures of good trees and lots of valuable information about bonsai.
Walter,By reading your blog I get the impression that needle plucking isn't restricted to late autumn - as the books like to tell us - do you have a favourite time of year for this or do just pluck needles whenever you style your trees except during hot summer and cold winter?Thanks for always sharing your knowledge,//Ken
Ken,needle plucking can be first done when the new growth is all out and has hardened. This is around end of June/beginning of July in my area. You can do it right away as I do or do it later, like from July to next July. So you can do it all year round. Some 'rules' are outright silly.WP
Ken,my favorite time for styling trees is summer from June to September. This is when I have the most time, when the days are long and I don't get many gigs because for some funny reasons the whole world thinks that this is not a good time to work on trees. I work on all my famous trees right then. Basically I work from beginning of January to end of December on my trees.But one has to know that it does not get too hot here, like everything above 30 Celsius (85 Farenheit) is rare. and then we have medium to low humidity.WP
Walter,Thanks again for usefull answers - another myth crushed - I guess I've been way too focused on mimicing the 'when to do' tables in the japanese bonsai magazines. 'All year around' sounds good to me.Did you ever consider writing a book about your approach to bonsai? - seriously - the title could be: 'WP - The Bonsai Myth Buster', 'Bonsai, I did it my way' or something similar. Regards from Ken (email@example.com)
Ken,the book is written 80 % but will not be published. book publishing is in a deep crisis and it will get worse. Nobody will take the risk.WP
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