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Too much of a good thing

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As I worked my way through many pine transplant this winter, I found a young one that is beginning to take shape. Nice, I thought, it even has a good root base. Then I looked more closely.

Black pine

pine Black – 11 years from seed

close, I found that the roots were actually a little more for the tree.

Root base

shallow roots

Is this really a problem? Not necessarily. If the idea is to let the tree grow for another 10 years to thicken the trunk, it would be possible to change the relationship between the trunk and the root base in time. If the idea is to make a bonsai shohin, it would be hard to find a pot for the tree. I’m not sure that the tree is directed at this time, but for my taste, I prefer the roots to enter the soil near the base of the trunk.

Root base

sticks highlight the relationship trunk root base

On the one hand, the relationship between the trunk to the spread of the root He looked even more out of balance.

Root base

root base from the

Root base

sticks indicate the spread of the root

What to do? One thought is to let the trunk thickens. Another is to slowly reduce the root base. For now, I will pursue options – root reduction minor surface and increased trunk size. That means several more years of vigorous growth for the trunk, and attention to detail during the transplant can take what opportunities to reduce the root spread a little.

Would it be a good idea for anything and continue to develop the tree is? Yes. Could it be that the wide dissemination of the root could become an interesting feature that makes it a unique tree. After transplantation of this year, I’ll have a couple of years to think about it.

Read also:   Tree trimming

Black pine

Front – sticks indicate root propagation

Black pine

Side

The subject came up during my visit to Mr. Iwakiri garden in Japan last year – see “a seedling cutting too many roots” for details

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This article was originally published on bonsaitonight.com


Too much of a good thing

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