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General Category => Evergreen Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: Bavarian Raven on November 16, 2016, 10:23 AM

Title: Sub Alpine Fir - 1
Post by: Bavarian Raven on November 16, 2016, 10:23 AM
So I have this little fir that has suffered for several years in this pot at my yard. The first top died back leaving only the lowest branches two summers ago. Now it has two tops (seen on the left) and one really long branch on the right (that will need to be trimmed at one point).

I am new to Bonsai and am open to ideas/suggestions/advice.

Personally, I am thinking to let it grow for a while longer and using one of the two tops as 'dead wood', or the such, and using the long branch on the right to create something.  ???

But as I said any ideas / suggestions would be appreciated. Cheers. :)
Title: Re: Sub Alpine Fir - 1
Post by: bwaynef on November 16, 2016, 10:38 AM
I'd get it repotted into an inorganic & free-draining mix and get it healthy.  Once its growing well then styling opportunities will present themselves.  I'm not familiar with the species to offer any further tips.
Title: Re: Sub Alpine Fir - 1
Post by: Bavarian Raven on November 16, 2016, 06:09 PM
I'd get it repotted into an inorganic & free-draining mix and get it healthy.  Once its growing well then styling opportunities will present themselves.  I'm not familiar with the species to offer any further tips.

I'm curious, by doing this, wouldn't one be removing/destroying most of the symbiotic microrhyzomal fungi that evergreens need to thrive?
Title: Re: Sub Alpine Fir - 1
Post by: bwaynef on November 16, 2016, 08:45 PM
It is usually recommended that evergreens receive a half-bareroot repotting.  Then the following year (or later), the other half receives the same treatment.  That way, it allows the mycorrhiza an opportunity to colonize the new soil w/o its being disturbed.
Title: Re: Sub Alpine Fir - 1
Post by: Potawatomi13 on January 03, 2017, 11:56 PM
Unless washing of the roots or completely removing all soil michorriza will still be there.  Consider that trees grown from seed by us have none to begin with but it finds its way to trees.  Small amount left on roots when repotting will continue to grow like weeds unless dried out ;).