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I recently received a request – thanks Chris – for an update on a landscape of pine trees on its way to become a bonsai. This is what the tree looked like in 2012.
January 2012 (see Part 1 and Part 2 for the rest of the story)
After removal of the upper half of the tree and transplant the tree did well for a while, but showed signs of stress a year later, when two of the remaining three branches died. This made me concerned about the roots. Next year repotted the tree to see what was happening on the ground.
After removing the tree from the pot, it was easy to see that a lot of roots had grown on one side of the cooking pot. Looking more closely, however, it became clear that the roots were no longer growing -. And there were no signs of root aphids
The previous years roots
The other side of the root ball showed no new root growth.
There are no signs of life
We all know that trees highlighting makes them more susceptible to infestation. I did not know at the time was that the hidden infestations were as dangerous as visible infestations. As I poked gently into the root ball, most of the land fell away. Very quickly I noticed the tree had only a few live roots.
No roots who live on this side
The roots only live
did the transplantation in a workshop bay island Bonsai. No one was very optimistic about the prognosis. Repotted the tree in a pot with much smaller medium-sized land.
Aftercare was simple – not water the tree until it dries. Every day when you gave me drink, I sprinkled the foliage slightly, but not enough to moisten the soil. Since there were very few roots, soil remained wet only an inch from the surface. As a result, the tree watered less than once a month -. Even in summer
The tree grew very little last year, but this spring new sails have opened just in time.
I do not feel like I was out of danger yet, but it’s good to see some new growth. I will fertilize more this year and let the tree grow freely until it regains its vigor. Although I will not use them in the future, the trunk and the dead branch stubs remain for now.
The weed that grows at the base of the trunk, incidentally, is a spiral orchid. They seem to love growing at the base of pine and have appeared in several mines in recent years.
This article was originally published on bonsaitonight.com