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    JPB Smart Pots vs Std Nursery Pots FIGHT!

    You make a good point. But the reality is that we operate with inadequate information 99% of the time. The difference between my view and yours is that you don't think you have enough information even to make a good guess as to what's going on. Totally reasonable. But my view is that even my...
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    JPB Smart Pots vs Std Nursery Pots FIGHT!

    I can say with absolute confidence that you can't say that pots didn't have a role. On the flip side, I can say that as a "factor" pots could have played a role (even a significant role) in the difference between the plants. Again, I was disagreeing with your statement, that starting material...
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    JPB Smart Pots vs Std Nursery Pots FIGHT!

    I just saw your point, that the difference in the two pictures is due solely to the starting plant, as outrageous. Most obviously, since he put the plants in different pots, the different pots could be a factor (one of many) that contributed to the difference (even significantly), not just the...
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    JPB Smart Pots vs Std Nursery Pots FIGHT!

    I disagree. It's quite possible that pots could be even a significant factor of how the trees actually grew. I think it's unreasonable to say that the difference is based only on "inherent growth rates" of the trees involved when most factors were reasonably controlled except for the difference...
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    JPB Smart Pots vs Std Nursery Pots FIGHT!

    That's a good thought. Although I bet that the pines were fertilized equally (why would someone underfertilize smart pots just for the heck of it?). Fertilizer just needs to be in solution for a tree to absorb it, that's why I figured it was more of a watering issue/smart pots staying drier issue.
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    JPB Smart Pots vs Std Nursery Pots FIGHT!

    What exactly do you mean by smart pots "beating" nursery pots? I actually think the nursery container pines look much healthier in that picture. The color difference is a little puzzling though. Do the smart pot pines have their second growth and the nursery container pines don't? Were the...
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    Rescuing a Dying Cork Bark Pine

    So is it safe to winter Japanese Black Pines at 38 degrees F with 8-10 hours of light, for prolonged periods? Does this meet the dormancy requirements for the tree? What if I was able to keep the trees a little warmer, say 45 degrees consistently? The reason I ask is because I'm from Wisconsin...
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    Rescuing a Dying Cork Bark Pine

    Continuing on with wintering advice in the garage idea, when is light advisable? Lets say I had a garage that I was able to keep at 38 degrees F and I was wintering Japanese Black Pines. If I were able to provide sunlight, or had some strong grow lights, would that be recommended? If so, how...
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    JBP-Humble Beginnings From Seed

    In the Stone Lantern Pine Masters book the black pine article says that there is an "optional" pruning of the roots you can do after the initial cutting, of course they don't really say when to prune, or give any more details (unfortunately). In Bonsai Today #12, however, different authors...
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    JBP-Humble Beginnings From Seed

    I feel your pain. On the bright side though, the article in Bonsai Today #12 says that about a month or so after you make cuttings you should/could gently uproot the plants to arrange the roots without causing too much stress. Maybe just keep it out of too much sun for a while?
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    Looking for Certain Bonsai Magazine Issues, Bonsai Focus/Today/International

    I am looking for certain back issues of Bonsai Today, Bonsai Focus (Bonsai Europe), and International Bonsai Magazine. Most of these are unavailable on their respective magazine websites (or extremely expensive). If anyone has any of the following issues in good condition that they wish to part...
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    JBP-Humble Beginnings From Seed

    I am also starting several flats of Japanese Black Pine from seed. Does anyone know if, after you take the seedling cuttings, whether you continue to treat the cuttings with B1 and fungicide? I noticed, in the Stone Lantern Black Pine book and online posts at Bonsai Tonight, that both B1 and...
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    Declining Health of Nishiki(?)

    Thanks all, I appreciate the help.
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    Declining Health of Nishiki(?)

    Totally agree, as I said I'll continue to give that one TLC until I know it is definitively dead. But, I actually posted a picture of a different pine (as indicated above in an earlier post). If the symptoms of the two pines look similar from forum members experiences, it might help me derive...
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    Declining Health of Nishiki(?)

    I appreciate your paternalism.
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