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Gaffer

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Re: Red Pine Seed Planting
« Reply #15 on: February 16, 2014, 07:48 PM »
Punch lots of holes in your tray and don't over water. Keep them on the medium to almost medium dry wet. You want those little rootys to look for moisture.
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jlushious

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Re: Red Pine Seed Planting
« Reply #16 on: February 27, 2014, 04:02 PM »
Ok, I finally documented the whole process. I wish I had taken more pictures! But here is a link to the blog that I have started up to document all my projects: http://bonsaicalgary.wordpress.com/red-pine-from-seed/
 

Gaffer

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Re: Red Pine Seed Planting
« Reply #17 on: February 28, 2014, 08:50 PM »
Make sure your heating mat is not to warm. If it is just raise the tray a little. I found my mat was just a bit too warm so I just  put the tray on a couple of chop sticks and that 1/4 inch made the difference.
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jlushious

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Re: Red Pine Seed Planting
« Reply #18 on: February 28, 2014, 10:17 PM »
I only had it on the mat for about a week. As soon as they were all sprouting I took it off. I seem to remember reading somewhere that you don't want them on the mat for long or it can cook the roots? Either way they are doing all right without it now.

I'm not even sure if would warm it well in the larger net pots because of the soil type - pretty coarse. Thoughts?
 

jlushious

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Re: Red Pine Seed Planting
« Reply #19 on: May 01, 2014, 05:43 PM »
These little guys are doing pretty good! Updated my blog with info: http://bonsaicalgary.wordpress.com/red-pine-from-seed/

Also here is a pic! So far 9 are still alive of the original 25 seeds I stratified (about 5 shouldn't have stratified as they didn't really sink, but I had tried them anyway).
 

Brian Van Fleet

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Re: Red Pine Seed Planting
« Reply #20 on: May 01, 2014, 11:01 PM »
Good luck with them!  I sewed 50 JRP seeds in '08, half germinated successfully.  I performed the seedling-cutting technique on most of the 25, and by the end of '09, I had 2 left.  They're both still going strong.  Here is one now in its 7th season; 3 years in a pot, cut down to 4" tall, 3 years in the ground, then dug and trunk wired this spring..  The lower right branch is a sacrifice branch.
 

jlushious

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Re: Red Pine Seed Planting
« Reply #21 on: May 02, 2014, 10:18 AM »
Awesome! I haven't seen many red pines as bonsai but am looking forward to seeing where these go.
 

jlushious

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Re: Red Pine Seed Planting
« Reply #22 on: June 11, 2014, 02:59 PM »
Updated pic of these little guys. I am down to 7 now, a few didn't survive the spring hardening off when I moved them outside (and inside, and outside, and then inside again... etc.).

Growing well though, this one is rather straight but a few of the other ones have some weird bends at the base which is great.