Shohin JBP Summer Maintenance

Robert Nocher Shohin Bonsai

Today I pruned off the strong new shoots on my Japanese Black Pine shohin tree. Growth on this species is a lot slower in Scotland than it is in Japan due to our unpredictable weather and the shorter length of our growing season. It’s not guaranteed that you will get a second flush of growth at the base of pruned shoots in a single season, as far as I can tell, with only one tree to work with at the moment.

This is how it looks at the moment

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and this is how it looked before todays work

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I will thin out the old needles at the end of the summer and open out the new growth with some wire

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Creating new buds on Scots Pine old wood

Bonsai & Yamadori from Tony Tickle

I am very pleased to see these new buds appearing on some of the Yamadori Scots Pines, I removed the end buds in November last year and this forces the energy in the tree to push out onto old wood. I left one branch with the end buds on to see the reaction: New buds have appeared but they are weaker and less frequent along the branch. Last year I fed the tree with Tibolar and the tree was very strong enabling me to do this work. NO needles were removed prior to this technique.

New buds on old wood New buds on old wood

So Many new buds So Many new buds

End bud removed in November the previous year End bud removed in November the previous year

This is the branch where the end bud was retained This is the branch where the end bud was retained

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