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Dirk

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Working on my Japanese Black Pine
« on: December 29, 2011, 02:40 PM »
Today i have been working on my JBP.
Pruning this summer's growth from my JBP with the help from Ernst Mollet.
Tomorrow i wil wire it and then its a long wait till spring.

I hope that 2012 will be a fantastic year for everyone.
Best Wishes!
 

bwaynef

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Re: Working on my Japanese Black Pine
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2011, 07:05 PM »
That looks like a pretty healthy pine.  Did the 2nd branch up on the left die on its own or did you choose to eliminate it?

When do you plan to repot?
 

Dirk

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Re: Working on my Japanese Black Pine
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2011, 10:05 AM »
I did plan on repotting next april or may, when it starts growing again.
The second left branche had to go because is was on de inner side or a bend in the trunk.

I (partialy) wired the tree, thus provided a second right branche, at the level of the branche at the wrong side of the tree.
It also provided a back branche, as this was lacking completely.
Maybe, in  the future, the now second right branche may become the first right branche. It might look better.

By the way, just got the new post from "Bonsaitonight" in my mailbox. Makes me very humble about my own trees!
 

Adair M

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Re: Working on my Japanese Black Pine
« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2011, 11:42 AM »
Dick,

That tree has nice potential!

May I make a suggestion?  It looks like you are using aluminum wire.  On pines, I prefer to use copper.  Yes, it is more expensive.  But worth it.  Aluminum does not 'set' as well as copper.  You can use less and thinner copper wire to get the same effect.  Aluminum stays soft and is easy to use, but doesn't hold as well.

Copper wire, once annealed, will be easy to wrap the branches, but once bent (into spirals around branches) it will stay set.  You will have to cut it off when it is time to remove it.

I do use aluminum on azaleas.

Can you take some more photos of your tree?  The photos you took are from above, so it is hard to see what angle the branches are in relation to the trunk.  The people on this forum can provide great styling ideas!

Have a great new year!
 

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Re: Working on my Japanese Black Pine
« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2011, 04:18 PM »
Adair,

I know maybe I should have used copper wire. You need realy thick aluminum wire to keep branches in place.
The photo's may seem to have been taking from above, but I tilted the pot to change the angle of the tree.

Of course I'm allways open to suggestions concerning styling my tree. But for now I'm happy with this result.Can barely wait to see it develop next year.
 

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Re: Working on my Japanese Black Pine
« Reply #5 on: December 30, 2011, 04:50 PM »
Good luck, it is really fun getting them progressing.
 

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Re: Working on my Japanese Black Pine
« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2011, 07:45 PM »
i am a little confused as to the explanation of why that left branch was removed? It was on the inside of the curve? Sorry what curve? I don't want to beat a dead horse but i think maybe the "rules" of bonsai were followed a little too stringently. Hopefully it will prove to be an unnecessary branch for the future of the tree. Worst case scenario you can graft one back on :) Looks good