Author Topic: Ponderosa Pine No 3  (Read 2704 times)

Chrisl

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Ponderosa Pine No 3
« on: May 24, 2014, 01:38 PM »
Here's a new PP recently delivered to me from Randy K. 

 

bwaynef

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Re: Ponderosa Pine No 3
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2014, 09:31 AM »
That one has some definite possibilities, but with ponderosa being as flexible as it is I have to ask, what are YOUR plans for this one?
 

Chrisl

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Re: Ponderosa Pine No 3
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2014, 01:27 PM »
Wayne,  I just spent time outside having some coffee thinking about this exact question.  First, the trunk has some really nice curves that's not easily seen.  So getting the right planting angle is going to be a bit tricky.  Styling wise, I'm at this point thinking the left branch will be the apex and a left dropping branch, and the right trunk will form the second branch. 

I do have one small problem though that I'm going to talk with Ryan about.  The right branch, at the 'T', ever so slightly has split from the main trunk...so the heavy bend needed will have to be done correctly.  I"m thinking though, that raffia and a wire spline will stabilize it enough to work it. 

So style later this yr and pot into a bonsai pot next spring.
 

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Re: Ponderosa Pine No 3
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2014, 03:25 PM »
That sounds like an ambitious plan, good luck with it, it's very interesting.
 

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Re: Ponderosa Pine No 3
« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2014, 10:44 PM »
With that trunk snaking all the way up to the right apex, tapering the whole way (picture #2), I would be tempted to eliminate the left side branching.  Literati: slanting as it is or lifted to an upright position.
 

Chrisl

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Re: Ponderosa Pine No 3
« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2014, 12:41 AM »
Thank you Judy, it's back budding quite a bit now so I may just wait one more yr and let those develop a bit better...I did this and waited on another PP and now have enough mature buds that are closer to the trunk.  Styling really stresses the tree it seems so my thinking is develop the buds first, style, and then allow the tree to recover.  More buds = more strength?  I don't know for sure, just my thoughts about the process.

Larry, that certainly would work, I'm just reluctant to cut away.  I'd rather work with what's there...if possible, in achieving a great overall design.
 

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Re: Ponderosa Pine No 3
« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2014, 08:07 AM »
Nice tree. I like your strategy, avoid removing major branches unless absolutely necessary. You and Ryan should have fun with this one.
 

Chrisl

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Re: Ponderosa Pine No 3
« Reply #7 on: May 27, 2014, 10:37 AM »
Thanks John, nice to hear your opinion and positive reinforcement.  I do feel like I've learned a ton in last couple yrs.  Knock on wood LOL