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Cutback and wiring a root over rock black pine

Though it’s January, I’m simply now beginning my pine fall work. This entails pruning and thinning additional needles. When time permits, I wire the branches too!

Right here’s what this seems to be like with a younger root over rock black pine grown by Eric Schrader.

Root over rock black pine

Root over rock black pine – 14 years outdated

I’ve had the tree for the previous couple of years and it’s been quite a lot of enjoyable to work with. Right here it’s after pruning and needle thinning.

After thinning

After pruning and thinning (thanks, Max!)

And right here it’s after wiring.

After wiring

After wiring

The purpose at this stage is to get the first branches into place and enhance total department density.

As soon as the branches have been set, I seen that the very best entrance for the tree could be to the precise of the present entrance. Right here’s a close-up.

Close up of new front

New entrance

I plan to make the change a yr from now because it doesn’t want repotting this yr. I’ll take away the sacrifice branches then too. I left them this yr to allow them to proceed to speed up the therapeutic of a giant scar on the again of the trunk.

Information & Updates

On January fifteenth and sixteenth, the Bay Space Bonsai Associates can be holding their fortieth annual exhibit on the Lakeside Park Backyard Heart in Oakland, California.

The occasion runs from 5pm – 9pm Saturday with a Peter Tea demonstration at 6:30pm and Sunday from 10am – 4pm. Membership gross sales by the East Bay Bonsai Society and Marin Bonsai Membership each days. Admission is free. Paid parking is out there inside Lakeside Park.

Bonsai Courses

Though I gained’t be instructing workshops or non-public courses for the following few months, I plan to host courses taught by a colleague the week of January 17. If you’re desirous about a workshop or non-public courses January seventeenth – twenty second, name or write and I can present further data.

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