3 12 months Bonsai Development – Shohin Japanese Black Pine


I like bonsai progressions! Every Thursday, I give an replace to a tree in my backyard. This week, a shohin black pine I’ve had since 2018.

I first highlighted this tree final fall. For those who’d wish to see the preliminary development, you’ll be able to test it out right here. I’ve taken this tree by the fundamental black pine course of. Which, for a lot of, can appear intimidating, however I guarantee you, after you have the fundamentals down, it’s not troublesome. Be that as it could, I’m not a black pine skilled, however I did write a publish on the place to search out the very best black pine data on the net, so when you have questions, you’ll be able to test that out.

Mainly, a typical yr for black pines goes one thing like this:

*Spring – Fertilize

*Summer time – Lower Candles & Cease Fertilization

*Fall – Pluck Needles. Wire and elegance, and Restart Fertilization

Now, there’s some nuance there, for certain, however you get the fundamental thought. Right here’s a yr within the lifetime of this black pine, with photographs.

Spring 2021

The tree popping out of winter dormancy. Trying good and wholesome.

(Fast apart, I trip on the correct angle of this tree. It could be troublesome to see, however from the opposite perspective, the highest is straight up and down, which is one thing you attempt to keep away from in bonsai design. So for now, I’ve determined that is the higher angle.)


Summer time 2021 – Earlier than Candle Chopping

The tree could be very inexperienced and wholesome. The candles are lengthy and robust. That is the very best indication that the tree is prepared for the stress that’s candle-cutting. I carried out this work on July 4th of this yr.

After Candle Chopping



Fall 2021 – Earlier than Needle Plucking

As I discussed earlier than, after slicing candles, I actually don’t do a lot, besides water as wanted. The brand new candles have are available properly and I can now do some needle plucking. Needle plucking (my definition, yours is perhaps completely different) is eradicating all of the year-old needles which can be lengthy and decreasing every extending candles to units of two. This work may be performed anytime within the fall.

After Needle Plucking and Wire & Model

Final weekend, the good Shannon Salyer of Kusa Farms got here to our Nashville Bonsai membership assembly. Shannon is a shohin grasp and gave me some nice ideas for this tree, together with altering the apex only a bit. Purpose #2,345 that going to bonsai membership conferences is the very best! Thanks in your assist Shannon!

Shannon Salyer and a shohin japanese black pine

Bonsai & Beards, A Nice Mixture

Remaining Earlier than & After

So, what do you assume? Do you like the angle from 2021 or 2020? Go away a remark under and remember to subscribe to my month-to-month publication, which can ship out subsequent week! Till subsequent time, Peace Love Bonsai!

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