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First experience
« on: September 23, 2009, 01:34 PM »
After getting into bonsai last summer, the end of my first full growing season is drawing to a close.  My JWP is losing color and dropping older needles.  Is this normal behavior for this time of year?  The tree is fairly rootbound, and will be repotted in the spring.  I was also told when I got it not to water it very often, so I didn't.  It does rain here alot, and the temps weren't to high.  pics are from today

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Re: First experience
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2009, 01:48 PM »
Looks healthy enough, maybe a little yellow?  Grafted?  Named cultivar?  How's the soil?  Water?  Have you been fertilizing?  What type?  How much?  Do you have experience repotting?  Might I suggest Boon's repotting video.

It looks like there are still quite a bit of older needles on the tree (particularly the middle of picture two).  Perfectly normal for them to brown and fall, if they weren't removed by cutting (don't pull or pluck) earlier in the year.
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Re: First experience
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2009, 02:10 PM »
Looks healthy enough, maybe a little yellow?  Grafted?  Named cultivar?  How's the soil?  Water?  Have you been fertilizing?  What type?  How much?  Do you have experience repotting?  Might I suggest Boon's repotting video.

It looks like there are still quite a bit of older needles on the tree (particularly the branch intersection in picture two).  Perfectly normal for them to brown and fall, if they weren't removed by cutting (don't pull or pluck) earlier in the year.

Yes it is grafted to JBP rootstock I believe, don't know about a cultivar, the soil WAS good when it was potted who knows how long ago, I was told not to water it to much, and it rains here frequently, so i didn't have to do to much as far as watering.  I have fertilized everything with a 10-15-10 schultz liquid every 10-14 days until mid August, and then again this weekend. The rain makes it tough to keep a good schedule.  No repotting experience like this, but there is a fairly advanced grower in the area.

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Re: First experience
« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2009, 02:41 AM »
Where are you? tasmania? croatia? Seattle? Also put some fertilizer on it. Organic, osmocote, something, it really needs it now. John
 

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Re: First experience
« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2009, 02:44 AM »
I updated my profile, and no I'm not in Tasmania.  Is osmocote the pellet stuff I can get at wal-mart, or is there a differnt kind you suggest.  I'm broke, so money is an object.  Thanks for the input.

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Re: First experience
« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2009, 08:23 AM »
The pelleted, slow release, fertilizer will work fine, you can get it at Lowes, Walmart, etc.
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Re: First experience
« Reply #6 on: November 17, 2009, 03:40 PM »
It occured to me I never posted a pic of this tree as it was when i bought it.
 

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Re: First experience
« Reply #7 on: November 18, 2009, 10:28 PM »
just a thought, maybe something to start towards after the winter. i think this tree is in desperate need of a new leader, currently it has no defined top. the small branch where the yellow line ends looks like an ideal choice (although we are working in 2d). if possible, that would be where i would take it. this could make a great shohin in a few years.

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Re: First experience
« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2011, 02:17 PM »
Well, it has been a while for this one.  Just letting it grow for right now.  The roots were in bad shape when i repotted last year, and all I did was a light pruning last fall.

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Re: First experience
« Reply #9 on: November 29, 2011, 10:22 AM »
Before and after needle plucking. Now I just need to style it again.  I may do something drastic.
 

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Re: First experience
« Reply #10 on: November 29, 2011, 10:56 AM »
Thinking about removing the red, and bending the yellow branches in the direction of the arrows

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Re: First experience
« Reply #11 on: November 29, 2011, 11:36 AM »
You have done  a nice job getting it back to healthy. It is amazing what a little fertilizer and repotting  can do. John
 

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Re: First experience
« Reply #12 on: November 29, 2011, 01:59 PM »
Thanks John, it responded nicely to the treatment.  I decided not to prune anythi. I carved a bit of the old stump and wired most everything. Now I'm just gonna see what develops. 
 

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Re: First experience
« Reply #13 on: April 29, 2014, 06:25 AM »
Awesome recovery Hotaction.

Hows it doing?