Growing and Caring for Bonsai Trees

Growing and Caring for Bonsai Trees

Bonsai - Japanese White Pines

Japanese White Pines (Pinus Paviflora) is one of the striking elements in a garden landscape. Very solid wood and harsh weather resistant. I happen to visit my relatives in downtown,  it’s always  amazing to admire the white pines in their backyard nearby.  

Often seen as a dense, conical form when young, Japanese White Pine develops into a 25 to 50 foot tall, irregularly-shaped tree, with an equal or greater spread, and a broad, flattened canopy.
The 1 to 2.5-inch-long needles are stiff and twisted, forming blue and green tufts of foliage at branch tips, and creating an overall fine texture to the tree's silhouette. The brownish-red cones are one to four inches long and persist on the tree for six to seven years. The needles grow in groups of five, so this tree is also known as "five-needle pine".

Watering is very easy!
As with other Pines, good drainage is very essential.

Pruning and wiring
The root system should be pruned gradually in the course of repotting, so as to always leave a strong root system. Branch pruning and wiring should be done in late autumn, and the wire left on the tree for 6-8 months at most. Pinch new shoots in spring to 1/3 of their length. Every 1-2 years it is possible to remove all of the new shoots in late spring,
if the tree is healthy and well fed. This will result in buds forming in the fall at the sites where the shoots were removed. The reason this might be done is to form very short internodes on the branches.

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