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casun

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Greetings Bonsainutters. Short time reader, first time poster. I found this JBP at a local southern California nursery for $22 and decided to take a chance on it. Approximately 17 billion ants had colonized the root ball. I was able to get the ants to vacate, but the roots were quite a mess - poor soil, ants, large air pockets, etc. I tried my best to aerate the rootball. I removed only the very bottom of the rootball, approximately 10-15% of the roots. Now it’s in a mix of lava, pumice, and akadama and will stay there, untouched for a year or two.

Question: There are two areas where the needle tips are brown/red. What is the cause and what, if anything, do you suggest I do?

Although I’ve been reading as much as possible and viewing as many videos as possible over the last couple of months, assume I know nothing about bonsai, because I know nothing about bonsai.

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Old needles (Interior) will fall off after 2 years. The tips that turned brown look like they were sprayed or burned by something. Probably nothing major, and while they won’t likely get worse, they won’t turn green again.
 

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Welcome to Crazy!

What do the buds look like on the yeller parts?
Compared to the green?

Sorce
 

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Old needles (Interior) will fall off after 2 years. The tips that turned brown look like they were sprayed or burned by something. Probably nothing major, and while they won’t likely get worse, they won’t turn green again.
Thank you. I’ll keep my fingers crossed and do nothing for now.
 

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Welcome to Crazy!

What do the buds look like on the yeller parts?
Compared to the green?

Sorce
Thanks. The buds on the yellow parts look the same as the buds on the green parts - terrible (dead?)

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The top looks like a cut too, with the resulting shoot going up left. What's that bud look like?

It almost seems like there was an attempt to cut a problem away and it persisted.

No real worries, it would be good to check the buds are healthy. There are bud tip pests.

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Circled In red are this Spring‘s pollen cones. They appear at the base of the new growth extensions in the spring, and usually fall off. It looks like this Spring’s new growth was pruned off at some point (blue arrow)

I can’t tell if the new growth was pruned. The blue arrow was pointing to dry sap so maybe you’re right but I’d be surprised if the nursery pruned it and I haven’t pruned anything.
 

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The top looks like a cut too, with the resulting shoot going up left. What's that bud look like?

It almost seems like there was an attempt to cut a problem away and it persisted.

No real worries, it would be good to check the buds are healthy. There are bud tip pests.

Sorce
The buds are very dry and look a little unhealthy to me, but I know next to nothing.

Thank you both for the help. Here are some additional photos.

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I don't know what to go looking for, but it seems there is something worthy of an investigation.

Sorce
 

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Greetings Bonsainutters. Short time reader, first time poster. I found this JBP at a local southern California nursery for $22 and decided to take a chance on it. Approximately 17 billion ants had colonized the root ball. I was able to get the ants to vacate, but the roots were quite a mess - poor soil, ants, large air pockets, etc. I tried my best to aerate the rootball. I removed only the very bottom of the rootball, approximately 10-15% of the roots. Now it’s in a mix of lava, pumice, and akadama and will stay there, untouched for a year or two.

Question: There are two areas where the needle tips are brown/red. What is the cause and what, if anything, do you suggest I do?

Although I’ve been reading as much as possible and viewing as many videos as possible over the last couple of months, assume I know nothing about bonsai, because I know nothing about bonsai.

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Sorry to derail but I appreciate the 'Car Talk' and 'Coast to Coast AM' nod. You made me smile.
 

casun

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It definitely has some dead buds, showing in your photos, but a few are alive:
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You’re right. Good eye! I’m hopeful that this tree will make it through the repotting and the upcoming week of 100+ degree heat, and be much healthier a year from now. The guy I bought it from said it was 7 or 8 years old. Based on the photos, is that age in the ballpark?
 

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You’re right. Good eye! I’m hopeful that this tree will make it through the repotting and the upcoming week of 100+ degree heat, and be much healthier a year from now. The guy I bought it from said it was 7 or 8 years old. Based on the photos, is that age in the ballpark?
Probably close.
 
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