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Species Specific => Japanese Black Pine Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: Adair M on October 15, 2011, 03:10 PM

Title: Black Pine Stump
Post by: Adair M on October 15, 2011, 03:10 PM
This is a project I bought, it was supposed to have been grown by Frank K.  Great taper.  It's about 3 1/2 inches at the base.
Title: Re: Black Pine Stump
Post by: cbobgo on October 15, 2011, 06:41 PM
very nice.  Trunk is done, just needs branches.  Where did you get it?

Title: Re: Black Pine Stump
Post by: Adair M on October 15, 2011, 07:26 PM

The seller said it was grown by Frank Kroeker, and it was shipped from Nebraska.  So, when I googled Frank, it brought me to this forum.  Frank goes by T-Town Bonsai here.  He used to work at Brussel's, and has (had?) his own bonsai nursery.  Since I've been reading the threads here, I have seen several examples of his rough stock turned into some really nice bonsai.

Back in the day when I was first starting bonsai, stock like this just wasn't available.  At least not here in the USA.  I used to subscribe (via Bill Valavanis) to "Contemporary Bonsai", a Japanese language bonsai magazine that had advertizements of stock like this for sale.  But at that time, no one here was.  At least, I didn't know of any.

But today, with the Internet, it is possible to find information/people/resources that were impossible to find in the old days. 

Back to this tree... I've been watching ebay for a while.  And this is the best pine stock I've seen in a long time.  Brussel's has some "finished" pines there, with big prices.  I can't afford those.  George Muranaka has some decent stock for sale on ebay, but he doesn't grow using sacrafice branches.  My other thread on JBP shows one of his.

My plan for this stump is to do some wiring to open it up, and fertilize heavily for new growth next spring.
Title: Re: Black Pine Stump
Post by: T-Town Bonsai on December 24, 2011, 05:52 PM
Wow just saw this post, wonder how I missed it.  Looks like something I grew.  Lots of potential there. 
Title: Re: Black Pine Stump
Post by: Adair M on December 24, 2011, 11:13 PM
Merry Christmas, Frank, I'm glad you found this thread.

The tree is doing well in N Ga, hasn't changed much since I posted the pictures, it's been fertilized last fall, and we're waiting for spring to "see what pops". 

I'll probably remove the jin branch, but meantime, I may use it as an anchor for a guy wire.  If I don't get buds to pop where I need them, I'll graft them in.  Right now, I'm primarily concerned with getting it vigorous and healthy. 

Have a great New Year!

Title: Re: Black Pine Stump
Post by: Chrisl on December 25, 2011, 08:32 PM
What a great ebay find Adair!  I too have looked at George's pines, but nothing that really interests me. 
Good luck and please keep the updates.