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I left black pines grow in strainers for years. Thanks to Bonsai Today issue # 20 and Boon Manakitivipart, many fans have been doing the same. The sizes are convenient, drainage is large, and the cost is reasonable. I have yet to find pots that make it easier to keep healthy black pines.
Overall, I have grown pine logs strainers until reached the desired size. At this point, I would like Transplant potted trees made for bonsai ceramic and get to work developing the branches.
I started to think twice about this approach after my recent visit to the garden of Mr. Iwakiri. Iwakiri maintains its pine strainers throughout entire development process . Based on their results, it is difficult to argue that the more formal pots are needed to produce exceptional bonsai.
black pine young in a colander
A slightly more developed pine
Even further development – small tree begins to take shape
the highlight for me is the quality of the bark of some of the oldest trees. pines grown in containers can produce great crust.
I was also surprised to see how big some of the trees were in relation to the size of the colander. As the trees get enough water, a surprisingly small boat can withstand a lot of trees.
A large tree in a colander
In the corner of the garden was a pine Iwakiri almost 8 ‘in a surprisingly small strainer. The strainer sat on a saucer containing irrigation runoff. Near the base of the dish was a toothpick sticking out of a small hole. For long periods of rain, Iwakiri could remove the toothpick to prevent the roots from sitting in water for a long time.
The single related technical strainer I’m not a big fan is double strainer approach. Simply plant a tree – colander and everything – in a large colander is a simple and fast way to provide more space for the roots with very little effort. Until it’s time to repot anyway. Having scratched by the thick roots and plastic fragments from the inner strainer in the past, I prefer to remove the internal strainer before setting the root ball in a new, larger container.
technique double strainer
If all this is not enough to trigger some curiosity about growing bonsai in colanders, I’ll end with two last trees , each of about 32 years of age, developed by Iwakiri. Not bad for an amateur.
Black pine in a colander
This article was originally published on bonsaitonight.com