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Compiled Vance Wood on Mugo Pines - Posts compiled from Bonsai Nut by Vance Wood from 2010 onward on mugo pine care and development

Compiled Posts by Vance Wood on Mugo Pines

UPDATED WITH VANCE'S REVISIONS 8/13/2014

Vance, I have gathered posts you made on B-Nut over the years from the archives. I have consolodated this info below. I appreciate your sharing your years of experience with this species. Thanks, on behalf of all of us here at B-Nut...

Vance Wood on Mugos, from 2010 to present:
Posts taken from bonsainut.com archives

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can you edit this post later on?
I have the older version printed out with my bonsai stuff. Pure gold.
 

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I used the compiled notes to pot up a nursery stock Mugo I got earlier this spring into a pond basket (I have a JWP I potted up in a pond basket 2 yrs ago that has been doing fabulously. I will consider moving it to a real bonsai pot next spring.)

I sawed the root ball in half, and didn't find any thick downward growing roots. Gave the bottom a gentle rake to loosen up the feeder roots. My Mugo didn't have a lot of encircling roots. I loosened everything up around the edges, but I didn't have to trim much off. Then I put it into the pond basket with my standard mix of 1 pt Akadama, 1pt Pumice, 1 pt Lava, 1/2 pt pine bark, 1 cup horticultural charcoal.

One question I have about the notes, that I would appreciate feedback on. The notes say "You can remove approximately 1/2 of the foliage at this time." What does that mean? Plucking needles? Removing branches? Something else?

Thanks greatly for feedback.
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I used the compiled notes to pot up a nursery stock Mugo I got earlier this spring into a pond basket (I have a JWP I potted up in a pond basket 2 yrs ago that has been doing fabulously. I will consider moving it to a real bonsai pot next spring.)

I sawed the root ball in half, and didn't find any thick downward growing roots. Gave the bottom a gentle rake to loosen up the feeder roots. My Mugo didn't have a lot of encircling roots. I loosened everything up around the edges, but I didn't have to trim much off. Then I put it into the pond basket with my standard mix of 1 pt Akadama, 1pt Pumice, 1 pt Lava, 1/2 pt pine bark, 1 cup horticultural charcoal.

One question I have about the notes, that I would appreciate feedback on. The notes say "You can remove approximately 1/2 of the foliage at this time." What does that mean? Plucking needles? Removing branches? Something else?

Thanks greatly for feedback.
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Either way, you can remove a total of 50% and you should remove at least 30%.
 

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Either way, you can remove a total of 50% and you should remove at least 30%.
Thank you very much for the feedback! It is greatly appreciated. I did remove the downward growing needles, but left everything else as I was unsure of just what I should do. The tree definitely needs some branches removed. It is way too dense.

Thanks again,
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Thank you very much for the feedback! It is greatly appreciated. I did remove the downward growing needles, but left everything else as I was unsure of just what I should do. The tree definitely needs some branches removed. It is way too dense.

Thanks again,
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Remove some branches but no more than 50% and not in a straight path unless you desire a dead pathway through the trunk.
 
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Here is the mugo I purchased this last March. At that time, I removed approximately 30% of the foliage. Today, I sawed off the bottom half of the root ball, teased out the circling roots, and repotted into a 12" pond basket with standard bonsai soil. I didn't remove any more foliage. Watered it in and placed back in the sun. No ferts for a month or so. Let me know if I should remove any more foliage.

I'm having trouble finding a good line on this one. It has a huge knot at the top where a lot of branches sprout from. Most of the smaller ones I removed last spring. I could use some help finding a line.

First pic is the proposed front. Pic 2 is the front taken a little closer in. Side 2 is another possible front. Side 3 is the proposed back. Then side 4. Last pic is an oblique between side 4 and the proposed front.
 

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I think it should be OK, but without actually seeing and touching the tree that is really difficult to say.
 

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Remove some branches but no more than 50% and not in a straight path unless you desire a dead pathway through the trunk.
Thanks again. Here are a couple of pics of the before and after results. I adjusted the front slightly once I started pruning, so the before and after pics don't match in terms of the basket orientation. I think I removed between 40-50% of the original needle density.

RVMcC

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I'm so glad I found this! I just ordered my first mugo and now I know what and what not to do! Thank you!
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