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johnsonrobbins

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Longleaf Pine
« on: April 08, 2016, 10:13 AM »
I dug up a few longleaf pine seedlings this spring. I wondered if there was any general bonsai care guys for this pine species? i repotted them in 1 gallon planters and have kept them in the shade for a couple weeks. I did notice some candles growing from them and was about to pinch them but wanted to reach out to the experts first.

1. is it safe to transplant and decandle in same season?
2. is southern longleaf care similar to a black pine (as there is alot of documentation on black pines)?

Newbie here :)
« Last Edit: April 08, 2016, 10:17 AM by johnsonrobbins »
 

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Re: Longleaf Pine
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2016, 02:21 PM »
A picture would probably get you much better responses but I'll take a shot.

Ideally, you'd probably let them go after collection to allow them to grow roots. As far as care, I suspect they'd probably behave similarly, but don't expect needle length to reduce very much.  In the design of the resulting trees, I'd caution you to think more abstract to compensate for the needle length.

I've seen a couple long-leaf pines that didn't look awful, ...but they didn't look like most pines-as-bonsai either.  (Mike Page and another Californian whose name escapes me (I think he was consulted for the Karate Kid) are the two folks I recall having longleaf (or some long-needled pine) as bonsai.)
 

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Re: Longleaf Pine
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2016, 03:42 PM »
Here is a picture of one of them, you can see a few candles..
 

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Re: Longleaf Pine
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2016, 09:06 PM »
Looks to be a rather young tree. The soil looks to be a bit questionable as well. I suspect this species is a great deal weaker in strength that (the very strong) Japanese black pine. I would not recommend decandling.