JBP#1 [Ryceman3]

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JBP#1 [Ryceman3]

Postby Ryceman3 » April 21st, 2018, 2:49 pm

I have had this tree for almost a year now and thought it was worth posting as it is my first pine and I want to track its progress. It currently stands at around 250mm high, I have no plans to grow it any taller so am now looking to increase/develop branching and ramification. It underwent decandling this summer (for the first time) and I think it has made some progress in the short time it has been with me. Like all trees, it's a work in progress but I am really enjoying the challenges that pine bonsai present - I'm pretty stoked I haven't killed it! ... any and all comments welcome as usual.
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Here it is just after I bought it (June 2017)
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And here it is a couple of months later (August) just after I had given it a repot and the roots had a decent snip.
JBP01_0817-01.jpg


Then I decandled in December ...
JBP01_1217-01.jpg


And here it is today. I have wired to compress the trunk bend and get the apex down a little as well as to get the branches doing what I want (more or less!)
JBP01_0418-01.jpg
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Re: JBP#1 [Ryceman3]

Postby boom64 » April 21st, 2018, 9:46 pm

Looking good Ryceman3 ,out of the two this one seems to have a little bit more of a rugged feature. Can only get better with time .Cheers John.
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Re: JBP#1 [Ryceman3]

Postby Ryceman3 » April 22nd, 2018, 5:13 pm

boom64 wrote:Looking good Ryceman3 ,out of the two this one seems to have a little bit more of a rugged feature. Can only get better with time .Cheers John.


Thanks John... out of the two this one is probably my favourite, it has a bit more character I feel. Hopefully I can continue improving it and maintain that “ruggedness”.
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Re: JBP#1 [Ryceman3]

Postby Ryceman3 » February 6th, 2019, 12:21 pm

I decandled this tree again this year, and in the process tried something new after having a discussion with Tien from Bonsai Sensation. I don't think it was something he had tried before (I could be wrong) but we both thought it was worth a go just to see what would happen.

Basically it is this :

During the decandling process (in Dec) I experimented with the candles of the first flush on one of my branches.
Initially there were two terminal buds which extended into candles - and the normal process is to cut those two candles back to where the buds originated from and then the second flush of buds will form from there...
However, what I did was to cut back and leave a few needles from the first flush in the hope that I would get buds from here - with the thought being if it didn't work I supposed the buds would still form back where they were supposed to.

Clear as mud??? :?

Maybe some pics will help my raving on :
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So what happened? While other branches went along forming new buds within a week or so from decandling - not all that much appeared to be happening with this particular branch. It took maybe an extra week to 10 days before buds emerged, but they did emerge and so I feel like my gamble has paid off!
Photo below shows as they are today ...
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So what does it mean? From my perspective I have gained an extra branch by using the extension of the first flush and then generating buds on it rather than at the base. Am I Robinson Crusoe or some genius with a "blow your mind" technique nobody has ever employed in the history of bonsai? I seriously doubt that - and it may even be a well known method but I have never seen/heard it explained before so I thought I'd chuck it out there. Sometimes having a go pays off!
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