Monday, August 6, 2012

European spruce #17 third part

See first two parts before looking at this.

In 2008 the tree then looked very good. Then the wire was taken off. It grew very well all these year because of my aggressive watering and feeding scheme combined with modern substrate and full sun all year round. The advantage of this is that one can develop a spruce in about five years while it takes ten years at lest otherwise. But then the growth becomes so dense that in the end there are thick clouds on the tree. Also when the wire gets taken off the branches grow upwards again, ruining the original old look after a couple of years.

Well, the tree was exhibited at BMW World where hundreds of thousands people saw it. But now in 2012 it was just overgrown and ready for the second serious styling. This was a major effort because of the size of the tree. It took me three full days to cut out all unnecessary old growth, to edit the branches, wire the whole thing and place the branches. Now it shines again.

The wire will stay on for three years or even more. Then it will be thinned out again and the tree should be ready for any show.

The big shari line where lightening struck th tree started to almost fully fill again with new callous. I took off the bark of all the new callous. It now looks a bit freshly don. But in a year this will be fine. I ran out of finer wire and may continue refining this tree in a few weeks.


Anonymous said...

awsome tree,i love it by the way love every your trees.i now this is modern substrate ,but could you tell me what kind of material is this on the tree? thank you.

Walter Pall said...

That's baked loam which we can get very cheap at building industry stores.

Anonymous said...

if im right this material is a kind of very little balls size (1 to 3 mm)? LECA?

Walter Pall said...

This is 2mm and it's called Fibophon or Maxit. something like this is available around the world. don't look at garden supply, look for building material.

The small, 2mm stuff has NOTHING to do with modern substrate. It is just for decoration, top soil, to please the eye.
For more discussion about substrate and top-soil please go to any bonsai forum. This is NOT the place to discuss such things.

Anonymous said...

thank very much,and sorry to bored you.

Dirk K. aus L. said...

Dear Walter,

coherent concept, great transformation.

With best regards


Dave Kirkland said...

Walter, peerless care and development of a breathtaking tree, thakyou for sharing again.
Will you ever prune the root at the backleft?

Walter Pall said...


in about thirty years that root will look just right.

ray said...

Looks great, I see a warrior, injured but not beaten. It's a real art when a tree like this becomes a storyteller, makes us dream about what it has seen... wonderful!

dheran said...

DO you add the modern substrate to the existing soil ( as removed from the mountain )?
When is the best time to create sharis,jins ( spring? summer etc )

Im asking cos i have a spruce in very compacted soil and dont know how to deal with it

thank you

Walter Pall said...

After collecting, substrate is added in the container. After two years or later the tree should e repotted again and some of the original soil is removed and exchanged for substrate.

The best time to do shari is from April to September. The very best time is now, beginning of August.