Walter Pall's main blog about bonsai and his work with trees from day to day. Lots of good pictures of good trees and lots of valuable information about bonsai.
what kind of soil did you use?
bruno,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!!!WP
How much does the prunus in the first pics cost?
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.
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.sorryWP
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?
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.
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.
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