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Species Specific => Japanese Black Pine Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: Thomas J. on August 02, 2010, 08:16 PM

Title: Three Year Progression of a Shohin JBP
Post by: Thomas J. on August 02, 2010, 08:16 PM
This little guy was also purchased in 2007. It caught my eye as a real beauty with a lot of potential. This is the pic at purchase and at the time it didn't  seem as skimpy as it looks in the pic.
Title: Re: Three Year Progression of a Shohin JBP
Post by: Thomas J. on August 02, 2010, 08:24 PM
This next pic was taken a year later showing that it's starting to fill in. But then something terrible happened. If you notice the pot that it's in is really shallow, a great match up for tree and pot I think. The problem is, I found out later after the fact that JBP shohin are somewhat prone to chlorosis in these shallow type pots, and unless your dilligent in giving them chelated iron, the tree will yellow out, and that it did big time. I thought for sure I lost the tree as it spent all winter and a big part of the spring that way.

After I read about the chlorosis problem the first thing I did was change pots to one that was a bit deeper. A constant every four week program of chelated iron and she bounced right back as you'll see in the next pic.
Title: Re: Three Year Progression of a Shohin JBP
Post by: Thomas J. on August 02, 2010, 08:27 PM
The following year I did nothing to the tree at all except let it come back to where it needed to be, and that it did surprising really well. This is the way it looked this year before decandleing.
Title: Re: Three Year Progression of a Shohin JBP
Post by: Thomas J. on August 02, 2010, 08:28 PM
And now taken after the work was finished. The new buds are popping really good and I'm hoping this tree will continue to shine on for me. ;D
Title: Re: Three Year Progression of a Shohin JBP
Post by: shimsuki on August 03, 2010, 01:27 AM
Really nice Pine, good overall taper, and great needle size.

This is definitely a dynamite tree in the making, thanks for sharing with us, its always nice to see really good trees!



Shimsuki
Title: Re: Three Year Progression of a Shohin JBP
Post by: John Kirby on August 03, 2010, 09:11 AM
I remember this tree and really like it a lot. Very nice work.

I have gotten around chlorosis issues by adding blood meal to fertilizer mix-lots of iron in various forms. John
Title: Re: Three Year Progression of a Shohin JBP
Post by: Don Blackmond on August 03, 2010, 09:52 AM
do you ever put nails in the pot?
Title: Re: Three Year Progression of a Shohin JBP
Post by: Thomas J. on August 03, 2010, 11:10 AM
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do you ever put nails in the pot?


No I never do but know someone who does. For me it's no big deal to mix up a few gallons of chelated iron and give it not only to my JBPs, but also my junipers. ;)