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Species Specific => Ponderosa Pine Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: Jason E on August 05, 2013, 11:18 PM

Title: Ponderosa - progression
Post by: Jason E on August 05, 2013, 11:18 PM
 Ponderosa Pine collected and initially styled by John Muth. Collected in Wyoming 2006
 
Wire was starting to bite in pretty good this year from the initial styling probably 4 years ago.
After removing the wire it was pretty obvious it needed some editing of the branches and to be rewired.
I did some pruning and rewired the tree this year after the needles had hardened off.

First photo as purchased 2012

Next of the tree after recent work

Title: Re: Ponderosa - progression
Post by: Dan W. on August 06, 2013, 02:01 AM
Nice ponderosa :) You're doing a great job with it.
Title: Re: Ponderosa - progression
Post by: Chrisl on August 06, 2013, 10:35 AM
That is a nice PP, very nice trunk movement and branches.  Now all you need to do is work on ramification and needle size reduction.

Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: Ponderosa - progression
Post by: bwaynef on August 06, 2013, 10:46 AM
How long were you able to leave wire on this tree?  Did the tree hold its position after the wire was removed?
Title: Re: Ponderosa - progression
Post by: Jason E on August 06, 2013, 11:09 PM
Thank you Dan and Chris :) I think prob a couple of years from now I will start experimenting w/ the fertilizer schedule to reduce needle length. It has been moderate to heavily fed all growing season for the last 4 or 5 years and the needles are relatively short already compared to a few years ago.
The wire I removed this year had been on for 3 to 4 years w/ the exception of a few strong apical areas where the wire was removed earlier. Most of the branches held their shape fairly well although w/out the support of the wire a lot of the longer branches really sagged from the weight of the foliage towards their ends. Were possible I cut these branches back to strong growth before rewiring. Still has quite a ways to go, but there are some good beginnings of ramification in a lot of areas.

thanks again, Jason