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Species Specific => Ponderosa Pine Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: Treebeard55 on April 27, 2012, 08:51 PM

Title: Valid option? Part 2
Post by: Treebeard55 on April 27, 2012, 08:51 PM
(Some of you may have already seen this, in a slightly different form, on my blog.)

Andy Smith is coming to Ft. Wayne in June for a Styling and Refinement ("B.Y.O.T.") workshop. I'm strongly inclined to take the ponderosa that my wife got me two years ago. But, having also been inclined to rush things with ponderosas in the past  :-[, I would like some feedback on whether other ponderosa lovers think the tree is ready.

I'd like Andy's opinion as well; so I've sent him pictures,  and a brief account of the last 2 years.

The tree has been in its growing box for two years now, and budded fairly well last spring. These pictures were taken within the last few days.

I'm having trouble attaching multiple pictures, so let me try with just one.
Title: Re: Valid option? Part 2
Post by: Treebeard55 on April 27, 2012, 08:52 PM
Continued:

An angled side view, showing some of the new growth.
Title: Re: Valid option? Part 2
Post by: Treebeard55 on April 27, 2012, 08:53 PM
Continued:

Closeup of some new needles. (Sorry about the quality of this pic.)
Title: Re: Valid option? Part 2
Post by: Treebeard55 on April 27, 2012, 08:55 PM
Last pic:

For me, the clincher: new strobili developing!  :)
Title: Re: Valid option? Part 2
Post by: cbobgo on April 27, 2012, 11:42 PM
seems to be alot of good healthy growth on there.  I would say you could go ahead and do some work on it - wiring and so on, but do not remove very much foliage in the process.

- bob
Title: Re: Valid option? Part 2
Post by: John Kirby on April 28, 2012, 07:18 AM
You can style, you will probably end up removing a good number of "old" needles to get the wire on effectively. You have a good deal of early needle growth, which hopefully means that your needles will have "hardened off" by the time you have your workshop. You can still wire and style if they haven't, but you just need to be careful to not damage the needles. Looks like it is growing well!
Title: Re: Valid option? Part 2
Post by: Chrisl on April 28, 2012, 11:06 AM
Looks good and healthy Steve.  Good Luck with it!!

btw, I have my replacement PP downstairs still wrapped in burlap that just arrived last night.  Gotta wake up and have some coffee, then I'm off to pot it up!  ;))  It's not as large as I would've liked, but it's a really nice tree. 

Title: Re: Valid option? Part 2
Post by: Treebeard55 on April 28, 2012, 11:17 PM
John, thanks for the reminder to be careful of the new foliage. Not sure if it will be hardened off by mid-June; not fully, if the last two seasons are any guide.

Chris, looking forward to pics.  :)
Title: Re: Valid option? Part 2
Post by: Treebeard55 on May 02, 2012, 12:45 AM
Andy sees no reason not to style the tree next month.  :) He was a little surprised that my tree is as far along as it is; his are waking up. But then he's at both a higher altitude and a higher latitude.

I liked the strobili, but I broke them off; no point in letting them use resources.