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joe cervantes

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Stone Pine
« on: January 01, 2010, 01:43 PM »
I just got a Stone Pine from a local grocery store for $5.00, was 10 but I had him bring the price down.I will try to post a pic later. It stands about a foot tall and has alot of growth. Looks like a little christmas tree.Many branches. I wanted to wait a while before I pursued pines but I couldnt pass it up. Does anyone know if these tress can be grown as Bonsai? Anyone have any pics ? Thanks, Joe
 

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Re: Stone Pine
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2010, 02:36 PM »
I picked mine up at Lowe's 2 yrs....well 3 yrs ago now. It was sold as a Christmas tree. Anymore I've become pretty bored with it. I've hacked it back several times and plucked adult foliage(true needles) in hopes of it budding more. Not much went on. This pic was taken 7-21-09. It's had another severe haircut since then. They tend to get big swells where branches meet the trunk and they are very ugly looking. I've seen pics here and there of nice SP bonsai.
 

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Re: Stone Pine
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2010, 06:57 PM »
Thanks Steven. I have never worked with pines before and from what I've read they are harder to work on than other trees. I am a Bonsai newbie. Going on 6 months. I will do alot of reading on pines as well. Thanks, Joe
 

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Re: Stone Pine
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2010, 07:14 PM »
Goin on almost 3 yrs now and still a newbie  :o LOL.  Have fun with it. Ya wouldn't lose much if ya pushed it too far. paid about $16 for mine and I haven't been kind to it at all. But then again I ignore it the most.
 

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Re: Stone Pine
« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2010, 07:32 PM »
I don't have a picture on this computer but a stone pine happened to be my first attempt at bonsai 4 years ago. It was a Christmas tree given to me by a coworker. I wired it from top to bottom and it turned out pretty good. After a couple years I discovered the short little needles were the juvenile needles. As more and more very long adult needles appeared it made me realize it would never keep the size or shape I wanted, so I donated it to a raffle. The adult needles are really long and didn't seem to reduce so you need a huge trunk to support them. They are pretty tough trees. The one I had was almost dead when I got it and with some proper care busted new buds everywhere. They are great practice plants but probably won't be much fun long term.
Mary B.
 

joe cervantes

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Re: Stone Pine
« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2010, 08:43 AM »
Thanks Mary. Looks like this will be a practice tree for me as far as Pines go. My first tree was a Trident Maple which I am going through my first winter with. I just started working with Junipers and have 2 smaller procumbens  and a larger prostrata  that I did at club workshops last month. So it looks like I have an interesting time ahead come spring with all my trees. I am so looking forward to it. Hopefully all that I have learned from reading books and from forums pays off for me. Thanks, Joe
 

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Re: Stone Pine
« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2010, 06:49 PM »
This is my stone pine. My first atttempt with pines. Not really sure what to do , where to go with this. Will seek more advice from club members at our next meeting. I took off branches that felt I didnt need and about 1/2 of the roots. It came in a gallon pot when I got it. Thanks, Joe