Saturday, August 7, 2010

mugo pine #33 crucial bending

Two years ago I got this great mugo pine. It was collected in the 1990ies in Switzerland. It was styled but not to total satisfaction. So it found it's way into my garden. It looked quite weak and I inspected the root ball. Then I decided to pot it into better substrate into a new pot and new position right away. Already then I had planned to drastically bend down the awkward looking last part of the trunk eventually. It took two years for the tree to look healthy enough for this procedure. This tree is way over 100 years old and the trunk is full of old extremely stiff deadwood. To just bend it brutally would men to break it right away. So I had to be a lot more crafty. As one can see I cut a deep groove. Then it was not a big deal to bend it to the desirable position. The guy wire will have to stay for about five years. The crown can be styled in one year. The deep groove will remain and will have to be carved to appear credible eventually. The tree may well be planted into one of these new pots by Mateusz Grobelny.


Michael said...

So when you repotted, you removed only a little substrate from the rootball to expose some feeder roots and then placed better substrate around the rootball and feeder roots?

Walter Pall said...

No, I tried to get rid of most of the soil of the original habitat. This is why I had to wait two years to do the drastic bending. It is importat to get rid of the original soil fairly quickly with collected trees. When this is done you often don't have to repot for the next twenty years of even more. In this case repotting will only take place for artistic reasons to go into a new pot.

Repotting is only necessary to get rid of unwanted soil and to help the tree if the roots are all over the substrate and very dense. Collected conifers take more than twenty and up to fifty years to get to this stage.