What to do with a JBP.

Asus101

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I was given this JBP for Christmas, I think it was a good pick, has nice taper on it, decent low branches.
While i am a black pine newbie, I'm not afraid to admit I am also a bonsai newbie too.

What's the best course of action with this pine?
What reading is recommended?
What would others do style wise in the future?

I cant dig much lower until I can do some sort of root prune, there are feeder roots about 1mm below the top soil. I have included pics of the trunk and entire tree, i hope they are enough.

Its mid summer here, ranging temps from between 25c to 45c (in three days we have had temps above 37 degrees C).
 

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Hmm with temps like that you must be an aussie? If you fill in your profile you will probably get more accurate answers mate!

Looks nice, i cant keep em here though so i hope your answer will come soon.
 
Asus, what is your minimum winter temp and maximum summer temp?

Now that I think of it, you probably don't have as extreme weather as I do! We will sometimes be in the 40s for three weeks at a time, not a breath of rain, during summer. In winter, well, right now it was -12C this morning but warming up nicely to -6C.

I'd repot this one first. I don't know how long it's been in this pot, but it certainly needs better soil. I, like many others, recommend mesh pots and a very porous soil mix. The JBP loves water but not soggy feet. Do proper root work on the tree.

http://www.bonsaikc.com/articles2.htm


http://www.evergreengardenworks.com/articles.htm


The following year, it would need to be cut back hard, perhaps using one of the branches at the first large whorl as a new leader to start giving it some movement.

Good luck with this one.
 
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winters dont get to the minus's but can be classed as cool winters. JBPs are grown here without too much trouble.
 
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