Wednesday, September 12, 2007

The fat cembra pine - part 3

I knew that this tree sat in the rond pot for a few years. So it was save to take it out and see whether I could just plant it into a better pot without disturbing the rootball at all. Well, it worked. The new pot is artistically fine, but it has way too much volume without roots. This is not good for horticultural reasons. So I put in a full bag of charcoal to fill two thirds of the pot. Then the cembra pine and substrate and done.

Bonsai is great fun. Especuially when one has very good material. This cembra pine is an extreme rarity. It would be great material for any kind of pine, but as cmebra pine it is something quite special. One just does not find good cembra pines. And one of this quality is unheard of.

OK, see you after the Gingko Award next Tuesday.




6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Where do you obtain charcoil like that in large pieces?

Walter Pall said...

Now this is some question! In any store where they sell charcoal. This would be charcoal for barbequeuing. Any household and leisure store has these.

The Stone Monkey said...

Walter

Why the charcoal? Does it benefit the tree in anyway?

Sorry we did not get chance to say hi at Gingko.

Regards

Andy

The Stone Monkey said...

Walter

Why the charcoal? What benefit has it for the tree?

Sorry we never got time to say Hi at Gingko but it was a spectacular event

Regards

Andy Pearson

Walter Pall said...

Andy,

1) cheap filler, cheapest substrate!!
2) A large part of the pot is without roots. This is nto good. I would put stones in there. But charcoal is much lighter
3) Same properties as baked clay, pumice, lavas split and hard akadama.
4) I want to carry these huge trees alone without help. Coal is very light when dry.

Walter

200xth said...

In case you want to see any updates on the tree(s) above since this blog entry, here are the links to each tree(s):

1) Cembra Pine #1