Ponderosa Pine

Dano

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New to the forum, so be easy. Repotted and just beginning to push new buds. This ponderosa pine is originally from South Dakota. I cannot take the credit for the stying over many years, but it is in good hands and adapting well to the south. I have to watch out for to much rain and I have made a simple pot cover to protect form over watering during heavy rains.

Dano:)
 

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They don't get much better than that !

Ciao,
Harry
 
Excellent looking tree indeed!
 
Ponderosa Pine at Night

Guys, a better picture of the tree at night. It casts really great shadows against a solid background late in the afternoon.

Dano:)
 

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If the apex was brought back over the base instead of moving to the right, I believe a lot more stability would be achieved. It looks like the tree want's to fall over.
 
Another pot?

I don't know if the root system would allow it, but ever thought about another pot for this beauty?

The current pot weighs the tree down. It's too deep and the design is wrong. A rounder literati-ish (but not extreme literati) pot might give this tree some extra "ooomph." Something along the lines of the pots here:
http://www.albrightpots.com/pots_nanbans.htm
 
If the apex was brought back over the base instead of moving to the right, I believe a lot more stability would be achieved. It looks like the tree want's to fall over.

Very nice tree. I agree with Rick on the apex.

Oh and welcome. :D
 
I think the apex is fine. This is not an informal upright, it is slanting. The left branch could be brought out a little more. I think a scoop pot would look good with this tree.
 
How about this for a vision. Should be posible in a year.
 

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Rockm

Those are great looking pots at allbright. I really like the nabans but I would really need a big one for the Ponderosa pine. Is Albrightpots in England, I thought I saw his prices in pounds.

Dano
 
Thanks Walter. I have printed the picture as a guide. I enjoy reading your articles.

Dano
 
Albright pots

Yes. He's in the U.K. He does make huge nanbans upon request. I've got one that's 18" in diameter. I bought it 12 years ago however.

Dale Cochoy at wildthings bonsai makes similar nanbans, for less however. He's also in the U.S. I believe he can make similar large sizes on request also.
 
Hi Dano;

Here's some constructive design criticism :) I will probably have lots of people who will disagree with this, but I have come to learn that sometimes you need to take dramatic action to get to the right solution over the long term. I think you are always going to struggle with this tree as long as it has the switchback in the trunk in the upper 1/3. It has no taper, is too long, and it bends the wrong way for the natural growth habit of the tree:

pondo1.jpg


Additionally, the lower branch on the left is too long, and has unnatural curves designed into it.

Personally, I would wack off the top 1/3rd of the tree down to here, and remove the left branch:

pondo2.jpg


Then I would work on building a new design using the right branch, and the back branch to build a new apex. I would even consider grafting branches before I used the current trunkline.

Just my opinion - trying to suggest options that will get you to a better place down the road.

pondo3.jpg
 
I think the apex is fine. This is not an informal upright, it is slanting. The left branch could be brought out a little more. I think a scoop pot would look good with this tree.

hhmmmm....
 

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