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.
Walter, can you guess the history of this tree in the mountains - how did it get to be that shape?
Walter, can you guess the history of this tree in the mountains - how did it get to be that shape?Dave,this tree was collected in the German Alps two years ago. It is not really strong yet, but will survive. It is probably more than 150 years old, coming from the edge of an Alpine pasture where cows graze since centuries. It grew at an elevation of around 1,800 meters, 6,000 feet, which is timber line there. The tree grew in a very rocky area where it found it very difficult to survive. These harsh circumstances however made it prime bonsai material. Now I will do nothing for the next two years other than watering and feeding very well. Then it will be potted into a reasonable large bonsai pot with modern substrate. Then again two years later I will start to style it. It will take about ten years for this tree to look decent.
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