Patiently growing on a Kuromatsu

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A quick visual update - Late December is the time I de-candle here in sunny Newcastle.
This years candle extensions had become much smaller before needles opening with sizing more consistent than previous years.
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Once again removing all candles ranging from small to large (Ryan Neil) Although notably size variation now at minimum.
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happy with the bark development
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I do a minimum amount of needle plucking - I don't really count pairs or work to any particular formula when removing amount of needles. Just ones that kinda stick out I guess or look poor.

The tree is pushing itself out of the pot so a repot is on the "things to do" list....well …..eventually..i'm very lazy :whistle:
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Thank you. For someone just getting into pines - yeah, what?! - I really appreciate the clarity of the photos. Cool tree and the pot is brutally beautiful. Brutal and beautiful - do those words even go together? I reckon they do .... Inspired, I am. Cheers for the update.


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MJL wrote: December 30th, 2019, 11:29 am the pot is brutally beautiful.
Perfect description!
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greg27 wrote: December 30th, 2019, 11:55 am
MJL wrote: December 30th, 2019, 11:29 am the pot is brutally beautiful.
Perfect description!
Oh yeah... some info on the pot. It is a commissioned piece made by Helen Dunkerley (Ceramics). It suffered a firing crack down the side and acquired a "kiln kiss" where it accidently touched another glazed piece in the process. The potter was disappointed, but I love it even more for being beautifully imperfect.

@MJL -glad you found interest here, hope this thread may help encourage many new pine growers like yourself. :D
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Great progression KC&R, the needles are reducing nicely and the tree is looking great. This is a great example of how sticking to the same routine will produce results, especially with pines.

My only minor quibble is that I'd like to see more of the trunk!

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:) Two years older and needle size has still been reducing quite well.
A couple of update pics showing new candles fully extended with reduced lengths.
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Re: Patiently growing on a Kuromatsu

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Oh wow, super impressed with the number of growing tips that you have produced!

Actually, jealous, as I know how long a road is ahead of me. But, I love seeing the number multiply every year.


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