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bonsaikc:
Welcome, bonsaidad!
Here are a couple of articles I wrote about JBP seedlings. They started a bit younger than yours but it's not to late to do some things. Just keep in mind that the trees I was working on were bound to be shohin, much smaller than what you want, and that they were all doing great until I moved to Pavement Ends, where I have had one disaster after another befall them.
http://www.bonsaikc.com/seedlings.htm]
[url]http://www.bonsaikc.com/seedlings.htm[/url]

http://www.bonsaikc.com/seedlings2.htm

Chris

bonsaidad:
I got this tree from bonsai ect instead of brent his waiting list is very long. First thank you for the welcome. I have read
some on pines but just cant get the hang of the trimming info from the books and articles, Info just dont go to the head like it used to. If with this tree I wish to change to a shohin so not to waste a perfectly good JBP maybe your articles will help but if not I will be asking more questions. Thanks again.
Bonsaidad

bonsaikc:

--- Quote from: bonsaidad on July 01, 2009, 04:46 PM ---I got this tree from bonsai ect instead of brent his waiting list is very long. First thank you for the welcome. I have read
some on pines but just cant get the hang of the trimming info from the books and articles, Info just dont go to the head like it used to. If with this tree I wish to change to a shohin so not to waste a perfectly good JBP maybe your articles will help but if not I will be asking more questions. Thanks again.
Bonsaidad

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Dad, don't worry. The reason you are confused is not your problem, it's the nature of the material out there. The Pines book by Stone Lantern is full of seemingly contradictory articles, but they aren't contradictory, they simply assume a great deal of knowledge to know what perspective they are lending.

The primary focus for this tree is developing the trunk. There isn't any low budding on this tree, which you may be able to force in the future, but there's not much interest in the trunk you have, so we have to develop that. Were this my tree, I would probably wire the trunk and try to put some natural bends to try to develop a slender-trunked literati. The problem is, it's difficult to make them look really natural. Literati is best accomplished with nature's bends.

For excellent information about building trunks on JBP, check out Brent Walston's blog, especially Pines.

Chris

bonsaidad:
Thanks Chris I will start reading brent's articles on pines and try to put some movement in the trunk.

bonsaidad

bonsaikc:
I recommend wiring in late winter, in your case, probably March.

Chris

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