Search results

  1. Brian Van Fleet

    Kotobuki style/info help

    Maybe, if the split is low enough, and as the base swells with time. It’s just not a very common look with Kotobuki, but worth considering. Also, FWIW, not sure this cultivar tolerates summer candle-cutting technique well. Think the pros handle seasonal care more like JWP.
  2. Brian Van Fleet

    Cork Bark Japanese Black pine

    The small needles suggest aggressive pruning in fall 2020 or spring ‘21 and a weak response in 2021.
  3. Brian Van Fleet

    Kotobuki style/info help

    Depends on your goal for the tree…what style, how large? One easy option appears to be this front, pruned in early fall to establish the first primary branches, and add some movement to the trunk. I wouldn’t be in too big a hurry to make these cuts as they’re aggressive. If you just got the...
  4. Brian Van Fleet

    Cork Bark Japanese Black pine

    I’m afraid you’re right. That rootball needed to be gently combed out so new roots could be introduced into that good soil, and the “dirt” under the trunk needed to be eliminated over the course of a couple reports. It is not good to slip-pot pines into a different media, although your new...
  5. Brian Van Fleet

    My JBP

    Both fronts look good, though using the slanting front means you can lose that first right branch. Lots of good JRP have a literati feel.
  6. Brian Van Fleet

    Cork Bark Japanese Black pine

  7. Brian Van Fleet

    My JBP

    I have heard hybrids exist. Here is a side by side of JRP and JBP from today.
  8. Brian Van Fleet

    My JBP

    How? Buds look kind of red but needles look more like JBP (I can post some JRP bud shots if you want). Are branches brittle? Needles soft? JRP resin has a more lemony scent than JBP. Would be cool if it was JRP, they are awesome trees. Yours is coming along nicely.
  9. Brian Van Fleet

    Cork Bark Japanese Black pine

    More nonsense, rascal. Let’s get a little info first before charging into the burning building that is labeled “summer repotting”. …unless of course you can show some success repotting your corkbark JBP in late June…
  10. Brian Van Fleet

    JBP candles in development ideas/suggestions

    I’ll give it a look later today.
  11. Brian Van Fleet

    Wanted: Acer Palmatum ‘Seigen’

    Here is a comparison of new shoots, ’Chishio Improved’ on the left, ‘Seigen’ on the right. One interesting note is the leaf shape of the Seigen is much more consistent.
  12. Brian Van Fleet

    Zuisho White Pine

    Yes, for now the right branch will become that long extending branch, the left side will be a “second trunk”, and the back branch is still on for now, but will likely be removed over time. Since that whorl is right above the graft, swelling hasn't been an issue.
  13. Brian Van Fleet

    Cork Bark Japanese Black pine

    Post some pix of the tree and let’s have a look. Also, share your general geographic location and soil you’re using.
  14. Brian Van Fleet

    Zuisho White Pine

    Update shot. Shortened a couple unruly shoots, and will need to unwire and rewired it in the fall. Not bad for a first round.
  15. Brian Van Fleet

    Wanted: Acer Palmatum ‘Seigen’

    Haven’t grown any Deshojo. The Seigen goes light green in the summer and new growth has been a decent red, but my Chishio holds the red color longer into the spring, and new growth seems brighter. I’ll have to make a side-by-side shot now that my Chishio is starting to throw a few summer...
  16. Brian Van Fleet

    Wanted: Acer Palmatum ‘Seigen’

    Yes, it is around 5’ tall and wide. It’s in a place that is difficult to photograph, but it is growing well. I may attempt some air-layers next spring.
  17. Brian Van Fleet

    The Tree Thread

    Itoigawa in a “not forever” pot, after the first rain in a couple weeks. Looking forward to wiring this one out in the fall.
  18. Brian Van Fleet

    The Tree Thread

    ROR Trident, Ino pot, Knittle stand.
  19. Brian Van Fleet

    Black pine loosing needles in June

    Old needles turn yellow around now, totally normal. If you’re losing new needles, it’s a different story. (Yours is shedding 1-2 year old needles).
  20. Brian Van Fleet

    Should fresh cut candle stubs face the sun? JBP

    It shouldn’t matter at all. I’ve never had a problem with this.
  21. Brian Van Fleet

    Black pine growing advice for zone 9a

    They grow well into central FL, so I doubt it’s climate. We are coming off 15 days in a row of 90+ and all my JBP are fine. Several years ago we had a run of many 100+ days into October and no issues. What’s the soil like? Sun exposure? Fungal? Pests?
  22. Brian Van Fleet

    Brown tips on Trident leaves, Please help

    It should be just fine. Tridents are tough trees. On fert cakes, I‘m along the lines shown by @Colorado … I load them up. Haven’t seen your full tree to know a good number.
  23. Brian Van Fleet

    Brown tips on Trident leaves, Please help

    I try to avoid fertilizer advice, but instead share what I do. I do use Biogold and make my own cakes with Plant Tone when I have time, and load up the trees every 3-4 weeks with more cakes. On top of that, I also mix a strong concentration of fish emulsion, like 1/4 cup+ in a 1.5 gallon...
  24. Brian Van Fleet

    Repot or not?

    Like yours, my history is here for anyone to see, in context. Lots of history, lots of photos. Go read it for yourself. If it’s a welcome you’re looking for, welcome, you‘ve made quite the entrance. Discussions can be great here, but they can also get diluted with bad advice. It’s important...
  25. Brian Van Fleet

    Brown tips on Trident leaves, Please help

    Tridents can handle some heat, but their leaves can get a bit ratty, especially the tips if they dry out a little. It’s been in the upper 90s here, and I’ve been watering my full-sun tridents 3x a day when I can get to them. It’s tricky because transpiration slows down, so it’s almost better...
Top Bottom