Tuesday, October 26, 2010

first steps on new black pine #3

Next steps:

- decision about either lowest branches only or whole crown made. Both possible, but whole present crown preferable. Only it is too far to the side and not in the center
- strong bending of top of crown towards the desired position. Some risk was taken. Bark broke open on the outside of the bend. This could cause death of crown. Wound will be treated with milking fat. If the top dies then plan B - no big deal.
- the tree was tilted then to a better position. The last one is probably the best front. The trunk line is great, the deadwood looks like it was always like this and the nebari is quite wide, some thick surface roots are visible.

Now the tree will get a bit of winter protection and will not be touched until late summer 2011. Then we'll see and report.


alfredo espino said...


Did it take you long to learn to work like that dead wood? Outstanding job! And, of course, what a piece of material you´ve got there...
Thanks a lot for sharing. Grüsse aus El Salvador!

puersbonsai said...

wonderfull work ,thaks

Walter Pall said...


only 32 years.
Nowadays you can learn this from me in one year if you are gifted artistically and technickally.


Anonymous said...

I get the impression from reading your blog that P. nigra is a little different from the other pine species - maybe a little less willing to adapt to the various bonsai techniques - Perhaps you could please give us a short note on how to treat this species? Repotting frequency, candle pinching, needle plucking etc.

Thanks in advance!

Walter Pall said...

Treatment just like all other two-needle pines, only much slower. And the candles are much longer.
Not a big deal if you can handle JBP, mugo pine of Scots pine.