Wednesday, May 20, 2009

very fast spruce development

Less than one year ago this was the collected spruce, Picea abies. And now it looks like it could be show ready soon.


Paul Landis said...

Spectacular job Spruce-meister!!!

johnson said...

Remarkable WP.

Christian said...

Awesome transformation! I have a question about the soil used for collected material. How do you address the difference in soils assuming that you are leaving a good bit of the old soil and putting the quick-draining bonsai mix around it in the pot? Doesn't this potentially create problems when watering (i.e. old soil much too wet)?

Walter Pall said...

These trees don't grow in fat soil. They grow on rocks in pure grit, gravel When collected the gravel falls off easily. There is little old soil left. If there is I get rid of it as far as possible. The collected trees are watered aggressively EVERY day immediately and fed aggressively with lots of nitrogen every ten days to two weeks immediately.


rommel said...

You begin feeding immediately after collection??
Don't you leave them for a while?

Walter Pall said...

rommel, you can teke it fo given that I mean what I write. Your know-how is dated.


Christian said...

Thanks Walter. What about when there is a very sandy soil around the roots of the collected tree, for example lilacs taken from someone's garten? Do you still remove most of the old sandly soil? This was more what my question was about. It does sound like the gritty soil up the mountains makes things somewhat easier -one you get to the trees :)
Thanks again!

Walter Pall said...


with sandy soil it should also be possible to shake off most of it. The problem is always loamy soul. You cannot shake it off and you will hurt many roots.


Juan Andrade said...

Nicer line on the second pic (the upper trunk loses some straightness) and better depth to the deadwood, in my humble opinion. I like the jin coming down very much. Would you keep this tree in the simple round pot (perhaps smaller than this one), or something more masculine (rough finish, nanban) or more angular?

Walter Pall said...


this is just a training pot. It will be a round pot in the end though.


Shaukat Islam said...


The transformation is very good; good learning experience for me (that is, whatever one can derive from the pics).

Hope to see this tree in it's final pot soon.