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M. Frary

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Re: Native Rocky Mountain white pines...aonyone working with?
« Reply #15 on: December 13, 2013, 12:28 PM »
     I have a  bristlecone. I treat it like a white pine except it takes less watering. Had it going on 2 years now. Not exactly a speed demon. I'm going to wire it this winter and in the spring maybe take a peek at the roots and see what going on down there. I'll post a picture when I get home and post it.
  While you wait for a picture of that here is my Eastern White Pine . She stands 12". I dug it up last spring just as it is. It was growing in the path of a brush mower and I saved it.
 

Dan W.

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Re: Native Rocky Mountain white pines...aonyone working with?
« Reply #16 on: December 13, 2013, 01:16 PM »
Thanks for the picture. I'm looking forward to the bristlecone. :)
 

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Re: Native Rocky Mountain white pines...aonyone working with?
« Reply #17 on: December 13, 2013, 09:10 PM »
  Took this picture as promised this evening. The roll of duct tape is for scale. It's in a cut down 5 gallon bucket that I bored full of
1/4" holes. It's in floor dry and pea gravel.
 

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Re: Native Rocky Mountain white pines...aonyone working with?
« Reply #18 on: December 13, 2013, 09:46 PM »
I finally made the leap and got a Limber pine from Todd here. Nice little tree will post pictures when I can.
 

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Re: Native Rocky Mountain white pines...aonyone working with?
« Reply #19 on: December 13, 2013, 11:52 PM »
Thanks M. Frary, I think your bristlecone will make a nice tree. :)

I'm looking forward to seeing your limber John! Todd has a lot of great trees!
 

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Re: Native Rocky Mountain white pines...aonyone working with?
« Reply #20 on: December 14, 2013, 08:58 AM »
   I like it too. The only thing hardly no one seems to have these trees. Or I should say hardly no one has any finished ones. So I guess it's up to me to write the book as they say. I found a few of these at a nursery near me and am going to pick a couple more up. I will keep posting about them and hopefully I will have a bristle one bonsai before I die...... should started a few years ago me thinks.
 

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Re: Native Rocky Mountain white pines...aonyone working with?
« Reply #21 on: January 23, 2014, 12:48 PM »
Nice Bristlecone pine. I hope it continues to do well for you.

I had picked up P. aristata 3rd year seedlings, bare root, from Mussers, but they did not survive the first summer. Possibly my mistakes.

You are right, there is relatively little written on using US natives. I do have a 'Vanderwall's Pyramid' grafted about 4 years ago, that I picked up 2 years ago. Nice color, and fairly dense branching, lots of buds, internode lengths are not overly long. Too young to even begin to do bonsai activities. Right now the roots are entering their 3rd growing season in bonsai potting mix. Plan on air layering off a section, to get it onto its own roots.

I was surfing/shopping a conifer specialist, and noticed there are genetic dwarfs of many of the USA native white pines and even pinion pines (P. monophylla). There is even a short needled cultivar or two of eastern white pine (P. strobus). I think there is a lot of territory for exploration and experimentation, even from nursery stock, especially for those of us that laying down hundreds for collected material is not realistic. I do realize that with young nursery material, you need to add a lot of time, sometimes multiple decades. I am definitely going to keep exploring, and will share what information I can.