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General Category => Evergreen Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: jw on February 26, 2013, 07:10 PM

Title: Weetrees 2013 evergreen competition
Post by: jw on February 26, 2013, 07:10 PM
Hello ladies and gents.  Haven't posted here often, but I was hoping to get a little feedback and advice on a few landscape nursey trees I just purchased from a garden center (Lowe's), and entered into a competition.  The comp lasts from now until next march, basically a year, and is run by a member of - a European based site.  I think a few of their members are members here as well.  The qualifications are that it has to be an evergreen tree and it has to have cost under £30, which is roughly $45.  I entered two trees:  Dwarf Mugo Pine - pinus mugo var. pumilio, and Bird's Nest Spruce - Picea abies 'Nidiformis' - both in 2.5 gallon containers.  I know these are both slow growers and I'm not expecting to win anything, just trying to gain a little experience and have a little fun.  I had to rinse the snow off of them today to get the initial entry pics, so I quit there for the day due to nasty weather.  The next step will be to cut a few inches off the top of the containers and find out what kind of trunk and nebari are hiding down there.  Then after we get a good look at the base you guys can help me style and possibly repot in the coming year.  Right now I'm reading up on the bonsai4me species guide.  Here are a few pics to show what I'm working with, and any knowledge y'all might have concerning these trees would be much appreciated.  Thanks in advance.

Title: Re: Weetrees 2013 evergreen competition
Post by: augustine on February 27, 2013, 05:25 PM
You picked very tough species for a one year time frame. Time has to be taken with spruce and pinus if you want them to survive. It will be tough even to get 2.5 gallon coniferous plants into a display container after only a year.

A better choice may be juniper. Of course, you can continue with the posted trees.

Just one opinion... Also, join a club if possible.


central MD 7a

Title: Re: Weetrees 2013 evergreen competition
Post by: jw on February 27, 2013, 09:11 PM
Thanks for your reply.  I agree and am aware of the difficulty and time frame of these species.  I'm not going to force it just to win a prize.  I had to get an entry in quick and they were the only thing I could find.  Plus I think when I post a view of the trunks I think they'll show the potential I saw when I picked them out.  I guess the main reason I started the thread was to get advice on just how far I could push them.  If I can't prune, style, and pot by next march then no biggie. Most of the entries are chinese elms and junipers.  I think the judges will take into account what I have to work with and won't count it against me.  I was thinking of repotting the spruce in a gallon pond type basket this spring and do the major pruning and wiring this fall.  I wasn't going to do much to the mugo except candle prune and needle pull until august when I was thinking of pruning, wiring, and repotting into a large training pot all at once.  Does this sound feasible, or am I way off here?  The closest club is in Tulsa.  1.5 hour drive - uggh.  Maybe I'll go to the next meeting this coming Monday and get some hands on advice.
Title: Re: Weetrees 2013 evergreen competition
Post by: augustine on February 28, 2013, 11:51 AM
My approach is pretty conservative so maybe the guys will chime in with different advice.

With the Mugo you will probably find some pretty poor roots since it is regular nursery stock. Doing everything this season plus getting it into a display container sounds like alot of work for one season. Placing the Spruce into a one gallon container may work. website has a good article on growing and pinching Spruce for full foliage (and not just needles on the tips of branches).

You'll figure it out, seek other advice.

Good luck and have fun.

central MD 7a