Fall work on a black pine

We have covered needle-thinning recently, so here is another quick before and after look at thinning this pine, but this time, along with some light pruning.

20121013-064933.jpg

Exterior shoots removed, as well as reducing all shoots to pairs.

20121013-065121.jpg
After. Notice how the profile isn’t any smaller, and the interior is still dense? Pruning is really removing shoots so that each branch emerges as only a pair of shoots.

20121013-065030.jpg

Now let’s take a look at some other fall chores.

1. Pruning long shoots. Oftentimes, practitioners new to bonsai prune the interior shoots in favor of exterior shoots. This is the way to prune, keeping growth close to the trunk.

20121013-065236.jpg

20121013-065309.jpg

20121013-065340.jpg

2. Bud selection. Pines, in general, produce multiple buds at the tips. Allowing them all to remain creates knuckles where smooth ramification should be. Instead, keep a pair of buds, ideally, equally-sized (remember, it’s all about creating balance), and emerging from the sides, 3:00 and 9:00 positions. It makes the shoots emerge at more natural angles and makes wiring easier next fall.

20121013-065503.jpg

20121013-065533.jpg

Advertisements

3 thoughts on “Fall work on a black pine

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s