Collecting Guidance - Conifers in general (Pinus Resinosa)

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First time poster / long-time lurker; first off, grateful for this community. Most of my (still limited!) knowledge has come from threads linking to or outright explaining approaches to bonsai, specifically yamadori/collecting and species information. Thank you for existing!

Of the several trees I've collected this spring after digesting/studying up for the last 8 months or so, these two Red Pines (pinus resinosa) were collected yesterday. These are my first collected conifers. Both had healthy root systems. Followed conifer approach to aftercare; sphagnum moss/bagged, left as much native soil on roots as possible and into basin w/ conifer mix bonsai soil. One had a long tap root that I had to cut, the other had two smaller 'taps' that were just trimmed up a bit. One (as you'll see) I removed a bit of apex foilage, and both a couple of small prunes but for the most part, left what I could foliage-wise.

The guidance I'm looking for is related to aftercare: specifically temperatures - zone 6a (Grand Rapids, MI) - today we unfortunately have what looks like the last snow of the year. Temps are staying above freezing (33-40) at night. I know these still need sun, but any concerns with the now more exposed root system with some snow falling and 33-35 degrees next 24 hours? Looks like this will be our last major couple days of true cold during the day.

The plan for these fellas is to get them healthy in the pot for a season or two, and then consider placing into some raised beds I'm building for the field grow approach to thicken trunk and train for 3-5 years before re-digging and reducing again. I know that pinus resinosa has longer needles and thus would be suitable for larger bonsai.

Any help is appreciated!
 

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hello. Did you fix your pines in the pot , in order that the roots won't move Inside soil ?
 

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Providing holes present for drainage leave alone/let grow this season. Just to keep alive now is number one priority. DO NOT BOTHER otherwise:eek:! Also elevate pot off flat surface so can drain;). If tree not tied down do not redo potting. Many years personally did not tie down trees/never killed one from this. Can do next time.

QUOTE[The plan for these fellas is to get them healthy in the pot for a season or two, and then consider placing into some raised beds I'm building for the field grow approach to thicken trunk and train for 3-5 years before re-digging and reducing again. I know that pinus resinosa has longer needles and thus would be suitable for larger bonsai.]QUOTE

Wise plan;)!
 
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Hmm I'm not in favor of pruning directly after collection, neither roots nor foliage.
As for temperatures, these haven't rooted deep yet in the wild, so I believe as long as they're still near their collection range, they'll make it. Additional protection wouldn't do much harm.
Good luck!
 

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Providing holes present for drainage leave alone/let grow this season. Just to keep alive now is number one priority. DO NOT BOTHER otherwise:eek:! Also elevate pot off flat surface so can drain;). If tree not tied down do not redo potting. Many years personally did not tie down trees/never killed one from this. Can do next time.

QUOTE[The plan for these fellas is to get them healthy in the pot for a season or two, and then consider placing into some raised beds I'm building for the field grow approach to thicken trunk and train for 3-5 years before re-digging and reducing again. I know that pinus resinosa has longer needles and thus would be suitable for larger bonsai.]QUOTE

Wise plan;)!
Many thanks for the feedback! Drilled plenty of holes for drainage in my wash basins. Here's hoping they live.
 

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