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After visiting Nature's Way Nursery in Harrisburg, PA this weekend I came home with two ponderosa pine. They will spend the rest of this year recovering before any work is even considered. This is a new species to me, and I will enjoy studying them as they strengthen and grow. Any advice, insights, suggestions are welcome and appreciated.

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And the larger of the two.

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Very nice trees. I'd recommend getting a copy of Larry Jackel's book - that will give you a wealth of information on the species, including care guidelines written by people from various regions of the US and Walter Pall in Europe.

For my ponderosas, full sun all day, and I water and feed pretty heavily to get them well established. You get long needles as a consequence, but you get a healthy tree. When I repotted my new trees, they went in very well draining, 100% inorganic soil - I did not do any root pruning in the first repotting. I also repot, then let a year go by before styling.

One tip on styling - wet the branches and let them sit for 10-15 minutes. Makes the branches a little more pliable and easier to bend without cracking. Also, make sure your trees are tied down very well. Because ponderosas are so flexible, you might find yourself making severe bends. If your tree is not tied down securely, you could end up hurting the roots from the tree moving around in the pot.

How was the weekend? I came close to going. I noticed Walter wasn't able to make it due to the volcanic activity.
 

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Nice, you went with the other big boy. Once i charge my camera, i will have to post some shots of my ponderosas, and the lone engleman spruce.
 
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Ponderosa is wonderfully flexible in it's branching/sub-trunks... you'll have a lot of fun with those. :)

Nice acquisitions.

Kindest regards,

Victrinia
 

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Mind giving us an estimated price range on those?
I am thinking about taking a road trip there sometime this year.
 

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Bring the plastic with you;) There is nice material in all price ranges though. If you make the trip, I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

dave
 

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Bring the plastic with you;) There is nice material in all price ranges though. If you make the trip, I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

dave
Aww... come on. Just a ball park. $500+?
 

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You are in the bleacher seats at the ball park...:D
 

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Last time i sat in the bleacher seats, a pigeon #$%^ in my nachos. Man was I P.O.'d!

(true story)
 

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This looks like it should be possible. David, how do you like it?

First bend the trunk ruthlessly. Then do the deadwood work. Then leave alone for a few months. Then do the rest of the crown. Then leave alone for a couple of years. Then pot into a small round pot.
 

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Walter, thanks for the virt. That seems like a very realistic option, should be fun to work on when the time is right. Thanks again.

Dave
 

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Ponerosa's

The majority of my collection are collected Ponderosa's and they are very hardy trees and they can endure winter very easily as they do at my altitude of 6,100 feet above sea level. There are those folks that will tell you that you should mulch around them during the winter months but my stay in their pots on my back deck throughout the winter. Good luck...nice trees! Dave, Colorado Springs.:)
 

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Thanks for the tip. Space is limited in my storage area anyhow. I was planning on setting them on the ground and dumping snow on them.

Dave
 

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