Two years ago, I showed a young black pine at Bay Island Bonsai’s 13th annual exhibit.
Shohin black pine – January 2012
The tree has continued to develop, so I thought I’d show it again at BIB’s 15th annual exhibit. Here’s what the tree looked like last week.
I brought the tree to a BIB workshop to see if it had a chance of cleaning up enough to be shown. As most of the branches had been wired in spring (see “Decandling a shohin black pine”) the main task was bending the branches into place. Here’s what the tree looked like after setting the first branch.
After setting the first branch
Altogether I might have added half a dozen wires and plucked a small number of downward facing needles. I’ll trim the longer needles – those from shoots that weren’t decandled in spring – just before the show. Here’s the tree after wiring.
After wiring – 6.5″ (Pot #1)
I’m sure you can guess what comes next – pot selection. Here are the candidates, starting with the pot it was shown in two years ago.
Picked your favorite? Here’s mine.
After repotting – Pot #5
Some of the pots were too big (4 and 8) and some too small for the roots (3 and 6). Of those that fit well, I opted for #5, a shinto – Chinese – pot that’s maybe 30-40 years old. With some last minute clean-up, moss to cover the soil and some walnut oil for the pot, I’ll be all ready to go.
For anyone who hasn’t heard, Bay Island Bonsai’s 15th Annual Exhibit featuring trees that were born in the USA is coming up on January 18-19 in Oakland, CA. See Bay Island Bonsai for details.
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