Thursday, July 30, 2009

ponderosa # 3

Ponderosa pine, Pinus ponderosa, collected in Colorado in 1999. First image 2001.a few days ago I plucked all the old needles (yes, I even pluck ponderosa needles and do not use scissors). Then I wired the tree for the second time. The last image shows a virtual with a possible new pot.








4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good tree again but I'm not convinced that you must keep the ten-jin...

I don't know why but I think without it this tree will be better.

St├ęphane

Paul Landis said...

Walter---I cant determine size from the pictures...but when you have a Ponderosa that is at the refinement stage--do you do anything water and feed wise to reduce needle size or use any other methods?? Or do you not worry about it!!!LOL

Walter Pall said...

Paul,

this is a rathe large tree, about 70 cm high. Ponderosas shuold be rather high becaus it is almost impossible to really reduce needle length drastically. They can have needles of 20 cm lenght in the mountains. In the bonsai pot they are normally arond 10 cm long and can be recuced to 6 cm or so. They will ALWAYS look kind of untidy. Therefore I suggest a loose, naturalistic sort of styling. The needle color normally is grey-green and they look sick to those who are not used to them. Mine look healthy and have green foliage. This comes from agressive watering and feeding with nitrogene and magensium.

WP

Houston Sanders said...

Upon reviewing the photos, it appears to me that the original tree is so much more powerful before the final shaping. After thinking about this for a while, I attribute this to the low branch that has been moved into the curve of the trunk. That negative space is the focal point of the tree before shaping. Might the tree be better without that branch?