Sunday, March 13, 2011

a few wild cherries

All these are collected wild cherries, Prunus mahaleb. They are all for sale r trade.


bruno lima said...

what kind of soil did you use?

Walter Pall said...


I don't use soil at all, I use modern substrate. In this case it was already there. teh tree was just taken out of the box and placed into the pot. Just google 'modern substrate'. I does NOT matter what exactly you use!!!


Anonymous said...

How much does the prunus in the first pics cost?

Lucian Vlad said...

I'm using a mixture of white lava tuff and granite or other rock that gives an acid ph in the soil. Here in Romania we have some tuff quarry. I have seen also some green tuff but I haven't use any until now.
The great thing about this white tuff is that it is porous and it absorb moisture and it release it whit different microelements that it contains. The roots are very happy whit this. Actually you can see haw the absorbing hair of the roots are dressind the granules.

P.S. If you search images on google with "modern substrate" words, the third image is Walter Pall's. That is something.

Walter Pall said...
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Walter Pall said...

Prices only to people with real names and only in a direct e-mail and only if the person will pick up the tree right here in my garden.

Al Polito said...

Hi Walter,

Wondering if you do anything different with cherries with respect to root pruning. From what I understand cherries often object to pots and their roots don't take to heavy pruning. I have some cherries myself and the main thing I've observed is that keeping them regularly misted seems to make them happy after hard pruning. Thoughts? Or do you treat your Mehalebs just as you would any deciduous tree?

Walter Pall said...

Al Polito,

this cherry, Prunus mahaleb does not mind if it looses lots of roots. They are collected with often only 20 % or less of the rootball and the survival rate is still high. The same applies to repotting. Other cherries are a bit more tochy, but in general cherries are better able to cope with hard root pruning than most other trees. So your statement is contrary to my experience.

Anonymous said...

Hello Mr Pall,

This question of which soil you are using is so common. Every now and again someone asks it, is it not common knowledge among bonsai enthusiasts that modern substrate is perhaps the best way of growing trees in pots? Perhaps you could have a line at the top of the blog saying "I use modern substrate for my bonsai" and avoid having to repeat yourself now and again.

Your bonsai are an example of the excellence of using modern substrate. Bravo Mr Pall.