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Species Specific => White Pine Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: jersanct on December 16, 2010, 10:47 PM

Title: New white pine
Post by: jersanct on December 16, 2010, 10:47 PM
Hello everyone

This JWP is a recent purchase, and I've been spending a lot of time looking at it since thinning out the needles and a few unnecessary shoots.

I think the tree's primary strengths are:
1) I love the chunky trunk and its bark, and it has an attractive flare at the base
2) The graft is reasonably well disguised, I think

1) The taper is a bit abrupt above the first branches, but I think that can be disguised
2) There are two very heavy branches directly across from each other at the bottom
3) There are basically no back branches

I am attaching a variety of photos in the hopes that you might be able to offer me a few suggestions on styling.  I have been looking at a lot of other trees and think the two lower heavy branches need not be a problem, depending upon where I put the foliage--basically, if you can't directly see the bar branches, and if the foliage pads seem to be on different levels, I'm thinking the branches may be fine.  I have put together a kindergarten-level sketch of my basic idea, but I will save it until other people have had a chance to weigh in with their thoughts.

Thanks very much for looking - Chris
Title: Re: New white pine
Post by: jersanct on December 16, 2010, 10:48 PM
a few more photos from all sides
Title: Re: New white pine
Post by: tanlu on December 21, 2010, 10:49 AM
It has lots of potential to be a nice shohin.

I read that the best bonsai are the ones that can look good from every angle. I'm also going to be doing some wiring on my white pines this February.

Two branches directly across from each other = REVERSE TAPER. Always something to be avoided whenever possible. You may have to remove one of those branches to maintain your design.

I like the apex, but if you want to improve the taper of the tree, I suggest slip potting it into a colander (the ones used for salad or pasta), give it as much full sun as possible, and super feed it from April to mid October (depending on where you live). Let part of the apex grow out while continuously training the rest of the branches.

If you want a back branch, simply wire one of the branches closest to the back of the tree and let it grow out.

Good luck!
Title: Re: New white pine
Post by: Sorce on May 04, 2014, 06:08 AM