JBP 2011 in the making

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Late last year I purchased this stock from Frank @ Sonlight Nursery. I don't have many JBP's on my bench and I dont have much experience with them as you will see. But I would like to learn and the best way is to give it the old college try. So I had a vision and enlisted Vic of erin pottery to make a pot. The pot was delayed due to the winter we ar having here in NY but it finally arrived a month later. The tree was potted up and has received its initial styling.
 

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Nice pot, and a sweet lil tree.... in the future I would advise that with pines you stick to one major process a year... either mess with the roots, or style... but not both in the same year. Hopefully you won't have a problem but there is a higher chance of death when you do too much to pines at once.

I've got some soluble humic acid and mycorrhizae that I will be using with my root worked trees this year. As pines respond especially well to being inocculated with mycorrhizae, you should consider getting some and trying to help the tree recover.

Good luck....

V
 

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Thanx for the recommendation. I think I am so used to doing anything and everything to trident maples at once. Where would one purchase some soluble humic acid and mycorrhizae?
 
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Thanx for the recommendation. I think I am so used to doing anything and everything to tripdent maples at once. Where would one purchase some soluble humic acid and mycorrhizae?
If you google it... you'll find some. Here's one by example. 1lb is a lot... but it should keep as long as you stay in the temp range for storage.

http://www.planetnatural.com/site/soluble-mycorrihzae.html
 

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Good tree to start learning with. I am no pine expert but I agree with what victrinia said about one major process a year.

Andrew
 

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Isn't Feb a little early for working pines in zone 5?
Not sure. I will let you know after this season. Everything in my garage seems to be popping and the repotting has begun and wont stop until im done.
 

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Isn't Feb a little early for working pines in zone 5?
I had a similar reaction. I'm in zone 7 and I usually repot my pines mid-March to mid-April.


Xghost - you said your stuff is popping in your garage. Is it attached or detached? I have a pretty big detached garage and my trees are not popping (except for the flowering quince), though I have noticed slight bud movement. My parents live in upstate NY and their temps are a good 10-20 degrees lower than here in the DC area.
 
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I had a similar reaction. I'm in zone 7 and I usually repot my pines mid-March to mid-April.


Xghost - you said your stuff is popping in your garage. Is it attached or detached? I have a pretty big detached garage and my trees are not popping (except for the flowering quince), though I have noticed slight bud movement. My parents live in upstate NY and their temps are a good 10-20 degrees lower than here in the DC area.
it is an attached garage and our temps have been unseasonably warm this past week.
 

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it is an attached garage and our temps have been unseasonably warm this past week.
This week has been warmer for sure (we're at 70 today!). Luckily tomorrow everything will get cold again.

You probably have something similar in place, but what I've done is set up a min-max thermometer with two remote sensors. The thermometer itself sits in my house, with one sensor sitting on my porch to read the outside temperature, and one in my garage that reads the garage temperature. In the evenings, I will open the garage to cool it down as much as possible, depending on the outside temperature (this week my garage actually stayed cooler than the outside temperature). Since I have a remote garage door opener, I can do it all from my living room sofa :D
 

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"Not sure. I will let you know after this season. Everything in my garage seems to be popping and the repotting has begun and wont stop until im done."

If I were you, I would be extremely cautious with your trees now. We're entering the most dangerous season for bonsai--between winter and spring. Once deciduous plants break bud and begin growing, they lose ALL of their ability to withstand freezing weather. Repotting them and root pruning them contributes to this vulnerability, pines included.

One good freeze inside the garage and you stand to lose substantial portions of you collection. I hope it's heated...

This warm spell is gone come the weekend. We have more than a few weeks of freezes and frost to come...
 

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I will be sure to be very cautious now until spring with this jpb. The damage is done and I have apparently been repotting way to early in my region although in years past it has only been decorous trees and I may have been just lucky. Would one of you from the north east please post your schedule. It would help me tremendously. Thanx.
 

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We had mid 50's yesterday - then an old-fashioned blizzard blew in, 20 degrees now. Power was out all night. :confused: :rolleyes:

Generally I will start with the larches in the second or third week of March (unless buds swell a little sooner), most are still under considerable snow cover. I try to maintain dormancy for as long as possible.

Then a progression with the others in the weeks that follow. April being the main month for re-pot. :cool:
 
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