Friday, May 20, 2011

Mugo pine #45 on it's way

Mugo pine, Pinus mugo, collected in 2009 in the Alps. This tree is quite healthy. It looked interesting, but the trunk line appeared somewhat awkward with this strange bud-like looking bulge in a right angle in the middle. Also the nebari was somewhat strange and did not look right. Well, Walter under my close guidance worked on the tree for two days. The result was not totally unexpected. This one will go into my collection. This tree was for sale for a while. You missed your chance, it is not anymore.

Now we will leave the tree alone for one or better two years. In summer of 2013 the main branches will be wired and placed into position. This will be a challenge again. Then the tree will be left alone again for a year. In summer of 2014 all smaller branches will be wired. In spring of 2015 it may then go into a reasonable bonsai pot, possible into the final one. The root ball is quite flat and this will not cause any problems. In 2021 it may appear on a major exhibit.
Or so we think.


alfredo espino said...

Now this is what I call an outstanding job! The work on wood is simply awesome.
Thanks a lot for sharing, Meister!

Anonymous said...

can you tell me , what is this sbstract is compost ,that you put on the top of the pot? sorry my writer but im from portugal and i could give some errors on the writer.

昌詞 said...

Dear Sir

Hello.How do you do?

We are the maker of the bonsai tools in Japan.

My company name is "Kaneshin Cutlery Mfg. Co. Ltd " .

My name is Masashi Nishimura

Would you please link our website to your website and Blog if you are O.K?

I have already linked your blog.

Please allow me if there was the part that my English expression was impolite.

I'm looking forward to hearing from you.

Thank you.

Best regards
Masashi Nishimura
Kaneshin cutlery

Justin Rotert said...

Mr. Pall what soil are you using on this tree at the moment?


Walter Pall said...

This is top dressing. It is fine particles of baked loam. Thrre should be no dust components and the color must be agreeable. This is only done for aesthetics. Unfortunately moss hates this and does not like to grow on it.

Walter Pall said...

Justin, top dressing was just explained. Under the top dressing there are large particles of baked loam and NO soil. This is called modern substrate. Could be other material. Does not matter much. Google 'modern substrate'.

Michael said...

What keeps the top dressing on top? If it is a finer baked loam, why does it not disappear into the substrate during watering?

Walter Pall said...


friction keeps it there. I does disappear somewhat eventually. A small part does go in between the larger particles, but it is not much. Once in a while I put on new top dressing.