The shore pine is kin to the lodgepole pine. Both are native to California and parts north, but the exact relationship is open to some debate (see Pinus contorta for details). Shore pine bark is great, if slow to develop, and the needles are relatively short. Not strong enough to withstand decandling, it can be trained like white pine varieties. In fall I remove strong shoots from the strong areas and leave the weaker areas alone. At some point before spring, I remove old needles from the strongest shoots.
I’ve been working on the specimen below for the past two years. As it hadn’t been repotted in some time, I changed the pot after removing the old needles.
Current and last year’s needles
After removing (with scissors) last year’s needles
As I packed up my things the morning of the workshop, I grabbed a pot that seemed to be the right size without looking too closely at it. After working on the tree’s roots, I took the pot outside to clean it and noticed that I’d grabbed a fairly old Chinese container. A bit much for a growing pot? Possibly, but then what’s the fun of saving old pots for exhibits? As the size was right and I’d brought no alternatives, I went ahead and used the old pot.
The old pot
I’ve been happy with the selection since bringing the tree back home, and as it’s a bit larger than the previous pot, the new roots will have plenty of room to grow.
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