Monday, June 27, 2011

mugo pine #48 one year later

In July of 2010 Alex and WP bent this mugo pine. It was way too long and sitting in the pot in an awkward position. The operation was quite severe. Now, after 12 months everything looks fine tough. The crown was cut drastically and the tree placed more upright in the pot. Now it has a good future. In late summer the old needles will be plucked. The main branches will be wired and positioned. If it looks very healthy in spring of 2012 it will be planted into a reasonable bonsai pot; if not then in spring of 2013. At some time the smaller branches will be wired and then it's on the way to become an elegant and interesting sort of literati tree.

















9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is this tree part of your personal collection or is it for sale or trade?

Walter Pall said...

It was for sale until yesterday. Now it has a blue tag, which means it is mine. Sorry, it was there for a year. Now it's too late.

Anonymous said...

No need to be sorry. I didn't mean to buy it. I was just wondering. It doesn't strike me as a top quality material. And usually you label such material as "for sale or trade". Perhaps it hides a good nebari?

Walter Pall said...

Not every tree has to be fat and impressive. Very slim, elegant trees with lots of character are rare. I like them very much. No need for a 'great' nebari on such trees.

dheran said...

Walter, WHat will needle plucking in summer acheive? Is it for design purpose or will it force the tree to backbud?

Walter Pall said...

Needle plucking is a must on every healthy pine once a year. It can be done from mid-July to next spring. I do it as soon as possible. The tree will bud back, needles will get shorter, the structure is visible. Folks who don't pluck their pines regularly are not informed.

Anonymous said...

You pluck spruce needles, too?

Walter Pall said...

No, but I pinch new growt either four weeks after appearnance or I cut it with scissors eight to ten weeeks after appearance. The seond one applies when I want a lot of ramification.

Anonymous said...

Great material, happy that this amazing tree is on your colletion again.

Hope to see it in few years.

ST