Author Topic: Info request on Japanese Red Pine (Low Glow)  (Read 1502 times)

ebrand

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Info request on Japanese Red Pine (Low Glow)
« on: May 26, 2010, 05:21 AM »
Just wondering if I can be pointed in the right direction, I have recently been bitten by the bonsai bug and have  acquired a few starters to practise my skills on.  One of the trees i have acquired is a Japanses red pine (Low Glow).  I am looking for information that will show me how to care and style this tree, any suggestions would be appreciated. ::)
 

bwaynef

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Re: Info request on Japanese Red Pine (Low Glow)
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2010, 08:35 AM »
I have no direct experience with that variety, but common logic holds that you treat JRP just as you would JBP.  Decandle in summer to develop ramification once you have the thickness of the trunk/branch you desire.  Needle pluck to balance energy throughout the tree at decandling time and early- (thru late- ??) winter.  When needle plucking JBP you can leave just a few bundles of needles.  Its generally recommended that JRP be treated less harshly, leaving more needles.

All that said, the 'Low Glow' variety is very slow growing so the already lengthy process of growing starters into bonsai just got longer for you.  For the sake of the health of the tree, I'd be even more cautious in treatment of the tree.
 

ebrand

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Re: Info request on Japanese Red Pine (Low Glow)
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2010, 11:09 PM »
Thanks for your reply bwaynef  :)