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Species Specific => Japanese Black Pine Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: Intriguedbybonsai on March 31, 2012, 10:07 PM

Title: Where do I start?
Post by: Intriguedbybonsai on March 31, 2012, 10:07 PM
I've had this JBP in this zisha pot for about a year now, but being a novice, I don't know where I should begin. I know the pot is too small for it, and that can be adjusted if needed. Some of it's roots are starting to grow out of the drainage holes even with the netting in place. But let's say, if this were your own tree, what would you do for it? Does it have potential?

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Title: Re: Where do I start?
Post by: MatsuBonsai on April 01, 2012, 01:13 PM
Repot into good soil.  A healthy tree starts with healthy roots.
Title: Re: Where do I start?
Post by: biglou13 on April 02, 2012, 11:43 AM
yes it does have potential. but then again i think almost all young pines do, nor am i pessimist, 

if it were mine...  i'd put it in a larger smart/rootmaker/ net pot in a fast draining growing mix, and feed it and let it grow like crazy 1-3 years.  chase it back and feed  grow another year then  hopefully select second trunk segment from branch low on tree, feed and let it grow like crazy.  ok not very exciting advice. but along the way you could isolate part of sacrifice branch and practice refinement techniques while rest of tree grows out.   let it grow, a healthy tree will often will tell you which design direction it wants.