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Re: black pine with a cluster of branches
« Reply #60 on: September 26, 2013, 01:37 AM »
... temps are already rising above 100 f. :o

Hope my roots dont cook ;)

Sitting in full sun they almost certainly will - you don't want to let them (the roots) get above 95F/35C.
Simple tricks like damp sphagnum dressings or covering the pots and soil with a damp white towel can keep the soil temperature below this 'supraoptimal' threashold.

Soil temperature can be easily checked with cheap meat thermometer probe ($5 in grocery stores in the US).
 

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Re: black pine with a cluster of branches
« Reply #61 on: September 26, 2013, 01:46 AM »
... temps are already rising above 100 f. :o

Hope my roots dont cook ;)

Sitting in full sun they almost certainly will - you don't want to let them (the roots) get above 95F/35C.
Simple tricks like damp sphagnum dressings or covering the pots and soil with a damp white towel can keep the soil temperature below this 'supraoptimal' threashold.

Soil temperature can be easily checked with cheap meat thermometer probe ($5 in grocery stores in the US).


Thanks for the info . But they arent sitting in direct sunlight :) will make a point to remember what you just taught me though.

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Re: black pine with a cluster of branches
« Reply #62 on: March 19, 2014, 02:39 AM »
Well, summer has ended and autumn has started. No roots have cooked under the african sun, even without any protection in full sun all day long. This tree actually grew like there was no tomorrow even after repotting this past spring. So I took it as a sign that it liked the mix I put it in.

I styled it somewhat of a first styling. I know it will never become a good bonsai without grafting, even then maybe not. But this tree surprised me with actually looking better that I thought it ever could.

Here is a pic of the aftermath.

Ps I cut out a 12cm long shoot on top with 5 buds that were as long as my middle finger. and the air layers i took from it showed the same vigor

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Re: black pine with a cluster of branches
« Reply #63 on: March 24, 2014, 01:02 AM »
Jeeze no wonder Owen complains about the rate of people posting on here...is the tree that bad that no one even wants to comment?

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Re: black pine with a cluster of branches
« Reply #64 on: March 24, 2014, 05:17 AM »
I would love to have a nice lil JBP like that. A good start.

You dealt with that cluster very cleanly.

How are the surviving layers?

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Re: black pine with a cluster of branches
« Reply #65 on: March 24, 2014, 08:02 AM »
I'm no big JBP expert here Herman, but it looks good to me.  The wiring is very neat, but maybe you could get some copper, so you don't have to do multi wraps so much... I like the branch placement.
Yes this forum can be sloooow.  I will take some photos and do some posting, maybe while it's snowing tomorrow!
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Re: black pine with a cluster of branches
« Reply #66 on: March 24, 2014, 08:09 AM »
Herman, you did a very neat job of wiring, but I agree with Judy, copper would allow you to use much less wire.

And I don't think that wire below the first branch is really doing anything. That trunk is thick enough that to bend it would require pretty hefty copper wire.

I like the style!  It just needs a couple of years to ramify.

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Re: black pine with a cluster of branches
« Reply #67 on: March 25, 2014, 03:18 AM »
Hi guys,

I'm working on getting some copper, but I dont know if i will be able to get any. I have to go sweet talk people at a electric motor winding company to buy any. I don't know how expensive it will be. I will probably have to save up money to buy some, and it will only be used on my best trees, the rest will have to suffer anodised aliminium until my ship comes in.

thnx for the compliments otherwise.

@Scorce - will update the thread with some pics of the layers. The layers are doing great! they pushed nice 4-5" long shoots since i removed them

@Judy - I'm planning to post some of my indigenous trees, wild olives and thorn trees... trying to be more active too. don't you have spring yet??? :o

@Adair - It'll do  :) not insane life altering heart fluttering material. but I'm doing the best i can with the material i can get. Now that pine you updated yesterday...wowi...thats bonsai material :o

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Re: black pine with a cluster of branches
« Reply #68 on: March 25, 2014, 08:11 AM »
The only spring I have here in the mid-west is in my greenhouse! But I have been repotting in there, and have lots of trees leafing, or getting ready to.  It is going to snow here later today.... again.  But spring is coming.
Be sure you read up on how to cook your copper wire if you do get it from a source like that...
 

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Re: black pine with a cluster of branches
« Reply #69 on: March 26, 2014, 03:21 AM »
Hi Judy,


Hope spring comes soon for you guys! the weather is at the start of it's 30 year cycle, check for any weather reports of thirty years back in your area. its more than likely the same as now. 81 was the coldest winter we had in exactly 30 years, then 30 years from then was 2011, was extremely cold also...

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