To begin with that is plain incorrect. At 500 ft elev and present zone success at keeping one since 1995 and 8 others lesser periods proves this to me at least. Otherwise advice pretty good. As for ignorant nursery person watering once a season that is gross ignorance at least. With well draining substrate mine all watered at least every 3 days during "dry" growing season. If weather 90 or higher then every day for sure. Long waiting slow growth are expected conditions to go with keeping these as Bonsai subject so other normaler trees would be good to have. Personally really MUST post pics long in waiting.Bristlecone do not adapt well to low elevation climates, at least you are within 4000 feet of its native elevation. They are only common above 9000 feet.
Yes Pots, we have been waiting years to see photos to prove your bristlecone pines from 1995 actually exist. Give us proof of life. (for those not familiar, in several threads we are still waiting for photos from Pots)To begin with that is plain incorrect. At 500 ft elev and present zone success at keeping one since 1995 and 8 others lesser periods proves this to me at least. Otherwise advice pretty good. As for ignorant nursery person watering once a season that is gross ignorance at least. With well draining substrate mine all watered at least every 3 days during "dry" growing season. If weather 90 or higher then every day for sure. Long waiting slow growth are expected conditions to go with keeping these as Bonsai subject so other normaler trees would be good to have. Personally really MUST post pics long in waiting.
I've been growing Pinus Aristata from seed for about 6 months now and they are doing ok so far. I'm along CA coast at 940 feet elevation. I'm also growing black pine and black spruce, who are also doing fine so far.
All this talk is making me a little nervous for my little buddies.
There is a landscape planted p. aristata a few blocks from me. I'd guess it is 30 years old, and that it has been in its present location for well over a decade. Elevation might be 100 feet.
There is a grower of large landscape plants in Mount Vernon, WA that has p. aristata among it offerings. I've looked at some of them, ranging from 4 foot saplings to 20 footers. Being about 20 miles inland, it does get a bit warmer there in summer and a bit colder in winter than on my magic island. Still we're talking about USDA hardiness zone 8 and AHS head index 1 type of climate and elevations below 500 feet.
I think the relevance of the altitude of p. aristata's native range is that it identifies it to be a sub-alpine species that almost certainly has a significant bud chilling time requirement to thrive and that it can survive with a fairly short growing season. The bud chilling time is almost always the limiter for landscape/container growing. I am in a Douglas fir forest that carries on, more or less continuously up to timberline in the Cascades. The accumulated chilling hours is more than 1000 hours. I also note that @Potawatomi13 is similarly in a Douglas fir forest in OR.
Unless you're living in the Sierra, I expect you guys in SoCal are going to have a difficult time keeping p. aristata alive. Without sufficient bud chill, there will be progressively less new foliage each year and then none, ultimately. Anywhere in CO should be okay in this regard, I think.
P. aristata is reportedly cold hardy to USDA 4, so Leo should be able to grow it, should he get the bug.
Wow! Somehow, I missed this post and thread.@Potawatomi13 - excellent. I will not doubt you again. You really have a bristlecone. And it looks like nice material, well on its way to being bonsai. Seriously, I am not being snarky. You could probably move it to a bonsai pot soon. Bristlecone are notoriously slow to develop where people have been able to grow them. This photo sequence demonstrates the slow development. If this were a Japanese white pine, in the same time period it would be ready to compete at shows right up there with trees like the ones @Adair M posts. But bristlecones are slow to develop.
Nice, thank you for posting photos.
Nice to see own tree pictures BUT took 2 hours to post those. A royal pain. Even with 300-350 year old Ponderosa this Bristlecone tree is most favorite and most loved of allWow! Somehow, I missed this post and thread.
So, Potawatomi finally posted a picture of a tree! That’s great! Maybe now that he’s figured out it won’t kill him, he’ll do it more often!
I have no experience with Bristlecones. I have never seen one near where I live, pottted or otherwise.
One of the keys to success with bonsai is to work with species that do well in your climate. I don’t think they would do well in mine, but it appears that Potawatomi is doing well with them in his.
@Potawatomi13, please continue to post pictures!
Holy smokes Pots. What has taken you so long? I have never once seen a tree photo from you, maybe I missed another time youve done it? Is the upload process so arduous that posting your trees to shut everyone up is not worth it?!? In all seriousness, Please do post more. These are great trees and in the background I think I see more?
Do you have a cell phone with a camera? If so, it’s easy! You can upload straight from the phone.Not quite. Just completely unfamiliar process.
As said before: NO digital capability whatsoever.Do you have a cell phone with a camera? If so, it’s easy! You can upload straight from the phone.
Yes, taking pics with a “real camera” then transferring to a computer, then uploading from there is a bother...
But who does that? I mean, if you want “studio quality” photos, using a real camera takes better pictures, but for most things, like posting snap shots on the Internet, the cell phone cameras are more than good enough!
Pinus aristata needles like that. Ease up? Mt Dew is semi official drink of US Air Force.