I’ve had problems with root pests in this tree over the years. Here is a post showing the last round of problems. This year it was time to repot, and I thought I’d check for any signs of trouble while I had it out of the pot.
Guess what? Signs of trouble. Not sure if they are aphids or nymph of something else, but quite a few of the creepy buggers started moving when I set it down onto a white sheet. They’re hard to photograph, but circled below.
So I dunked the tree in a Malathion soak for 30 minutes and cleaned up the pot.
Checking again, and finding no creepy crawlies…
I settled it into the pot, with a coarser mix of pumice, lava, and akadama.
And watered it in.
Just after Christmas, a friend and I took a road trip to Maysville, GA, just northeast of Atlanta, to D & E Trees. Owner Dave Lapeyrouse met us at the gate in his 4-wheeler and drove us back into the beautiful rolling-hilled property to the growing fields.
There we were greeted by Dave’s trees, many planted a quarter-century ago for the purpose of Bonsai. Dave favors trident maples, Japanese black pines, and stewartia, and had a couple thousand to choose from. You tag, he dig.
Here are a few photos of the fields.
Japanese black pines:
Dave doesn’t ship, but if you’re looking for big material at a very reasonable price, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call him at 985-688-3682.
Almost shohin because it’s just about 9″ tall. This is a cutting-grown cultivar of Corkbark JBP called Hachi-Gen. It is 20 years old, container-grown it’s whole life. I’ve had it for over 10 years now, and here is how looked after I wired it last in late 2014:
It’s usually not good to leave wires on for 4 years, but this tree grows slowly, and isn’t in a lot of soil. I would have been wise to remove it last year, but just didn’t quite get to it…until today, October 2018…more than 4 years later:
And yes, it has been too long, as the wires were heavily embedded, and it took a couple hours to get them removed:
Fortunately, not much collateral damage. Here is a shot of the tree unwired:
Next up is pulling needles, and light pruning. Areas with 3-4 shoots were reduced to a pair of shoots:
With a brush pile like this:
You wouldn’t expect the tree to still look this full, but it will be healthier for it:
Next up, remove moss from the trunk…carefully with tweezers:
And the work is complete for the year. Next year, a repot into a drier soil mix; more pumice and larger grained akadama.