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M. Frary
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« on: May 06, 2013, 11:19 PM »

  Hello. I just bought a Bristle cone Pine the other day and was wondering if someone knew anything about them. I checked them out a little on the inter web. I found some pics that shows them as bonsai. Maybe someone can set me on the right path.
 1. When to transplant or do root work.
 2  When to prune.
 3. When to candle pinch and needle pluck.
 Pretty much everything. I'll try to get some pics posted soon.
    Thank you.
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M. Frary
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« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2013, 07:26 AM »

 Here is a picture of said Bristlecone pine.
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0soyoung
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« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2013, 11:39 AM »

So, why wouldn't you treat it like a white pine or at least start there?

Repot spring (when buds begin to swell)
Pinch candles (break off tips) to balance across tree after they've begun elongating in spring.
After new shoots have hardened, cut back new growth to 3 to 5 rows of fascicles (primary inducer of back budding)
Thin foliage / pluck needles in fall / early winter; prune to 'chase back the foliage'.

Branches are largely autonomous, so you can attempt variations on this theme on individual branches to learn your pine's responses.
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