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Species Specific => Japanese Black Pine Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: bwaynef on June 09, 2016, 07:51 PM

Title: Is this evidence this guy's happy?
Post by: bwaynef on June 09, 2016, 07:51 PM
Here's one of a bunch of jbp seedlings I have. In the past I thought I didn't have enough sun to really make this species happy but I moved them to another spot and here's what I have.


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Title: Re: Is this evidence this guy's happy?
Post by: Dirk on June 10, 2016, 03:07 PM
looks healthy to me. Needles are green, no yellow tips. Needles look thin and soft. Could it be red pine perhaps? It didn't candle yet? I think I'm in zone 8b and my jbp have needles already. Time to decandle.
You didn't make seedling cuttings? Its a great technique to ensure you wil have lots of branches very low on the trunk. I have a batch seedling that I didn't cut the roots because our growing season is barely long enough.  Now, after three years I'm sorry I didn't.
Title: Re: Is this evidence this guy's happy?
Post by: bwaynef on June 10, 2016, 04:18 PM
Dirk, the candle that you ask about is its 2nd this year.  Hence my "is this evidence..." bit.
Title: Re: Is this evidence this guy's happy?
Post by: Dirk on June 12, 2016, 08:56 AM
So it answered your question itself?  ;) Your question was rhetorical?
Title: Re: Is this evidence this guy's happy?
Post by: bwaynef on June 14, 2016, 03:51 PM
Not exactly rhetorical.  I was making sure what I was seeing was in fact the 2nd candle of the year.  Your comment confirmed it.

Looks like I was a few days late to the party: https://bonsaitonight.com/2016/06/07/how-vigorous-are-your-pines/
Title: Re: Is this evidence this guy's happy?
Post by: Larry Gockley on July 24, 2016, 06:23 PM
Am I right in that this spring's candle is forming another candle? I grow a few hundred seedlings a year, and in my experience, that candle will only continue to elongate the main trunk, making for long internodes and no branching. Here in NE Texas, I cut the candles of even 1 1/2 year old seedlings about 2 weeks ago, and they are already pushing multiple summer candles, ( the only ones you want to keep ), and a few are budding lower on the trunk, another good thing. The summer candles on this batch will be edited, ( only keep two ), this winter, and the whole thing wired, making one branch #1, and the other the new leader. That said, however, don't know the length of your growing season, and whether or not cutting it now is too late.
Title: Re: Is this evidence this guy's happy?
Post by: bwaynef on July 24, 2016, 08:38 PM
I decandled some of my jbp seedlings as an experiment, but these particular ones I'm going to let grow on a bit.  I just haven't had a second candle grow on seedlings so this was a first.