Pinus sylvestris training question

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Pinus sylvestris training question

Post  NeilDellinger on Mon Apr 05, 2010 11:57 am

I normally steer pretty widely past the home depot garden center for bonsai material...but, last year I found a couple not so bad pinus sylvestris dwarf varieties. I figured I get to know them a little while before looking in to a nicer collected 'scots' pine in a year or two.

Last summer I pruned the long terminals and the apex and removed old needles and anything "dead". Then I fed it heavily during the fall.

My questions is regarding training...will applying the same techniques as Japanese Black Pine produce similar results with pinus sylvestris? (By that I mean needle pulling, decandling etc...

Bad angle on the photos, but there are tons of branches there are even nice live buds on branches that have had no needles all winter....a good sign Very Happy




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Pinus sylvestris trainging question

Post  Guest on Tue Apr 06, 2010 2:27 am

Hello Neil. I can't speak for JBP as I have little experience. If you have dwarf cultivars of Sylvestris, then you will have no problem with back budding. I don't needle pluck at all anymore as this tends to pull out the dormant buds. Instead of this, I cut the needles and prune new growth at the end of July/ beginning of August for best back budding results.

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Re: Pinus sylvestris training question

Post  NeilDellinger on Tue Apr 06, 2010 3:24 am

Thanks Will. Appreciate the tip on needle plucking.

How was your collecting trip you mentioned? I am sure you came home with something good.
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Re: Pinus sylvestris training question

Post  Guest on Tue Apr 06, 2010 10:20 am

Collecting trip was fruitless. Elms were in leaf, so it was too late and the farmer has reinstated the hedge. The only ones I'll be able to collect in future are the ones away from the bank

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