Thursday, August 11, 2011

Mugo pine #33

Mugo pine, Pinus mugo, collected in Switzerland in 1990. It was styled in the 1990ies as bonsai and then somehow was neglected. I got it in March of 2008 and decided right away to bring the top of the crown much closer to the trunk to get rid or this long straight part of the trunk. But first the tree had to regain health. It was taken out of soil which was not optimal and together with Lena was planted into a new pot in a better position to show the nebari. Two years later I cut a groove into the trunk and bent it down. This week it seemed healthy enough to do major styling. First all old needles were plucked, the crown edited considerably by cutting off branches. Then the deadwood got another serious redesign. The tree was wired and shaped and now it looks like it has a splendid future. The wire will stay on tow to three years.