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Species Specific => White Pine Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: cmswink on May 16, 2016, 08:43 PM

Title: What to do? JWP
Post by: cmswink on May 16, 2016, 08:43 PM
I purchased this at a local nursery last week for $50 after the initial markdown and the warranty discount. I was told that it had just dropped all of its needles two summers ago but has been doing fairly good for the last year. I know white pines are extremely finicky and can only take so much at one time. I basically slip potted this tree yesterday. Lifted it from it's nursery pot and removed the burlap and mulch. I gently rinsed away the clay mass just enough to be able to see the tips of feeder roots the placed it in it's box. Potting medium is hard fired akadama, large grain pumice, medium grain red lava, and expanded shale(haydite). Since I did not do any root pruning is it okay to fertilize until end of May and then work the candles? Should I just leave it alone for a year? Or could I reduce the top? Or should that wait until winter? Pretty sure of the answer on the last question but had to ask.
Title: Re: What to do? JWP
Post by: Jay on May 17, 2016, 06:08 AM
I have a thought or two. First it appears that this White Pine may have been grafted near the base. The Graft Union will always show, but perhaps it is only the viewing angle. Next is this a Japanese White Pine or an Eastern White? Two very different trees.

As to care leave it alone to allow it to regain its health. I'm sure more knowledgeable members will have more and better thoughts.
Jay
Title: Re: What to do? JWP
Post by: cmswink on May 17, 2016, 10:24 PM
Jay. There is a large presence of the graft. I am almost thinking this would be a better addition to the ground landscape than a potential bonsai. I have nothing but time but not sure if my children will take up the interest when I am dead and gone
Title: Re: What to do? JWP
Post by: cmswink on May 17, 2016, 10:26 PM
I was assured it was a JWP. As far as the graft. Not sure. Being frim an American nursery it may have been grafted to an eastern. Only time wil tell
Title: Re: What to do? JWP
Post by: augustine on June 10, 2016, 10:32 AM
I would have taken the opportunity to bare root 1/3 - 1/2 of the tree and incorporate good soil. Also, IMO the box is way too big. Do not overwater.
Title: Re: What to do? JWP
Post by: Potawatomi13 on November 02, 2016, 09:29 AM
Really bad graft union.  Personally would use for yard tree or not buy :o.
Title: Re: What to do? JWP
Post by: bwaynef on November 02, 2016, 02:55 PM
I get that this is a pretty old thread, but I wonder if this would be a candidate for root grafting.