Author Topic: can anything be made out of these plack pines.  (Read 1542 times)

GBHunter

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can anything be made out of these plack pines.
« on: May 28, 2014, 10:35 AM »
I have two young black pines but I do not see anything I can do with them.
any ideas?
 

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Re: can anything be made out of these plack pines.
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2014, 11:14 AM »
For now you can start by wiring them to give them some movement.
 

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Re: can anything be made out of these plack pines.
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2014, 09:53 AM »
Can they safely be wired for shape  in early June?
 

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Re: can anything be made out of these plack pines.
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2014, 11:14 AM »
Can they safely be wired for shape  in early June?

Wiring is often carried out right after decandling and needle plucking (which would probably occur at the end of the month).  Its done then because its easier to see into the trees and you risk damaging the needles less at that time.

Young trees not being needle-plucked and decandled can be wired at this time.
 

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Re: can anything be made out of these plack pines.
« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2014, 02:01 PM »
I suggest cutting back to one branch where the branches form the wheel spoke pattern.
Doing so will prevent the development of an unsightly knob at the point where all the branches meet.
Next I would wrap the entire trunk (to the branch knob) with raffia and wire it.
Then twist and bend to create movement in the trunk.
Don't worry about wire scars as any scars would add interest to the trunk.

Wire up the new leader.
Fertilize heavily until fall.
Early spring repot into a grow box or plant in a planting bed.
I would continue to fertilize for at least 4 years.
The only thing I would do to the tree is to readjust the trunk movement by re-bending and re-positioning the trunk.

While all this is going on do a lot of self study of JBP, specifically information from Ryan Neal.