Thank you Fonz, I am trying to avoid akadama/ japanese soils in my new mixes, I think experimenting how DE/ baked danish clay will perform instead (I've ordered some Sanicat Pink , lets see)Baked Danish clay mixed with some Kiryu, lava and zeolyte.
My next mix will probably be 40/40/20 akadama/pumice/lava
Wicked plants man! Happy to see such results were achieved.So I guess this is the end of growing season #2 in my part of the world.
I just sold 35 JBP's that didn't make it to the last round. All good pine seedlings but too much to grow with my limited space. Now I have 33 left that will go into year 3.
Since I live in Western Europe the are a lot smaller (but denser) than other people's pines in this contest. Still I'm pleased with the results so far.
Most of them are about 7-9 inches in height.
1. The "winner" batch. The ones in the clay pots are Mikawa's. No stem-cuttings done on them. Going to let them grow to be bigger trees.
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2. My best one, the one I showed you in the previous post. Notice the increase in needle density.
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3. Another one in which I already put a bend. Sacrifice branch is starting to elongate.
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4. Not sure why I took a picture of this one. Probably because digital images don't cost a thing
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Ok, next batch arrived. This one came from TreeSeeds.com. I ordered 50 seeds but got a bag with 700-800 seeds it seems. I guess the guys over at treeseeds.com are getting tired of counting all those JBP seeds we are ordering for the contest
This is what was in the enveloppe:
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I started counting them. Got to 100 (what's in the bag) and then gave up. F*cking A!
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Ok, 60 days after I put my first batch in the fridge it's now time to sow them.
Ofcourse I made another silly blog post about how I put seeds in some soil: https://shumibonsai.wordpress.com/2018/03/03/japanese-black-pine-from-seed-2018-sowing-the-seeds/
Since last night there was some snow it's better to keep the trays indoors for some more weeks. Temperatures should go up to 12°C/54°F as of today but still...
Seeds out of the fridge
24 from seedrack.com
70 from treeseedonline.com
139 from eBay seller pandoragarden
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Seeds in the ground:
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Can you explain "the cutting thing" I was under the impression that these were all grown from seed, but I'm realizing now that you are talking about cuttings. Feel free to shoot me a private message if you don't want to fill your post with this topic.