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Two Needle Pines from Seed: Early Years

Two Needle Pines from Seed: Early Years

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The following article follows from a video which I did with Mark Polson on the subject of growing two needle pines from seed. I extracted the key points from the video and elaborated on these to provide growing tips for enthusiasts growing Japanese two needle pines including black and red.
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japanese black pine bonsai

Japanese Black Pine: Autumn Maintenance

8 min read

Terry Erasmus performs some Autumn maintenance work on this Japanese Black Pine bonsai. Read about the techniques used for work required now, to prepare the tree for the coming spring and to ensure its future.
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japanese black pines from seed

Japanese black pine from seed, year 1

9 min read

Growing any bonsai from seed is an achievement as it is a testimony to the commitment of the grower. Japanese black pines are a particularly popular species to grow from seed and in this article Terry Erasmus shares his knowledge gained from growing this rewarding species and explains the different techniques available to you.
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Japanese black pine repotting akadama and pumice

Old, Imported Japanese Black Pine gets a repot

10 min read

In this blog a very old and rather large Japanese black pine which I imported from Japan a couple of years ago gets repotted into a free draining mix of akadama and pumice, which I have now imported and am selling.

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wiring and styling a kotobuki japanese black pine

Styling a Dwarf: Working on a Kotobuki Black Pine

8 min read

Follow the finer details of styling as Terry Erasmus needle plucks, thins and wires this Kotobuki Japanese Black Pine from Japan. Lots of photographs aid in the understanding of the process.

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Japanese black pine makeover

Japanese Black Pine Makeover

8 min read

Following in the same trend as my post of last week, I will continue with the tree makeover theme. In this post you will read about the 2 1/2 years of development of a Japanese Black Pine. The importance of working on strong, healthy trees is key and ensures satisfactory response to wiring, decandling and the other techniques commonly used on pines. 

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Summer work on a Japanese Black Pine

8 min read

If you have a Japanese black or red pine then this blog post will interest you. In this post we will look at the decandling process, briefly discuss energy balancing and more using a large imported Japanese Black Pine bonsai tree as reference.

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japanese black pine styling

Initial styling of a Japanese Black Pine

9 min read

In this blog post I write about the first styling of a Japanese Black Pine imported from Japan late 2013. You will get insights into the wiring of pine branches, using raffia for doing bends, removing candles and more.

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