Late Summer Maintenance of Black Pine

Bonsai Workshop

Under proper care, the Japanese black pine acquired back in Spring has been putting out a lot of growth. Judging from the lengthy needles, this little guy is soaking up a lot of fertilizer. The growth at the top part of the tree is getting very dense, and it’s time for a trim (and pluck).

Black Pine Before Needle PluckingThere was a candle at the apex that’s growing a lot faster than the rest of the tree, in order to balance the energy of the tree (redirect energy downwards), I trimmed the new growth to 4 pairs of needles.

Black Pine New Growth TrimmingI then continue to thin out the foliage of the tree. I plucked out all last year’s needles (all the needles that existed before I bought the tree). And then I continued to thin out this year’s needles. I removed more needles (leaving only 4 pairs) at the apex of the tree, removed less in…

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