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Decandling a shohin black pine

Posted in Before and after, Bonsai Development by Jonas Dupuich on July 10, 2012

The last of my pines to be decandled this year are the smallest of the bunch. Giving these trees less time to recover helps keep summer growth in check and needles short. I removed all but the smallest spring shoots, and then removed extra needles, leaving around 5 pairs on each branch.

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Shohin black pine before decandling

After decandling

After removing extra needles

I knew there were a lot of branches on this tree but had no idea exactly how many. Does 160+ surprise you? My trustworthy assistant snapped a shot after each cut so I could string together the images.

Good thing not all of the branches need wire – I can’t imagine adding 80 wires to the tree! And as the tree is still young, I don’t know how many more branches I can expect before I feel the tree is “full.”

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  1. Mac said, on July 10, 2012 at 5:34 am

    The time lapse video is great stuff. Thank you Jonas.

  2. Ken Judd said, on July 10, 2012 at 5:43 am

    Very nice young tree. Looks like a nice nebari. Following with interest.

  3. Juan said, on July 10, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Very, Very, fine demonstration of the requirment to remove significant foliage mass to gain balance and uniformity on a young, strong, tree. Very. very nice. Good smile.


  4. dirk said, on July 10, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    funny video…

  5. Alberto said, on July 10, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    the video is amazing!!! thanks a lot for all posts!

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