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Cleaning up a mossy situation 

Nebari Bonsai

This YouTube video is the critique Kathy Shaner offered on my Japanese Black Pine. Interesting pearls of wisdom.

In my defense, I had no intention of showing this tree this year, until about 14 hours before I had to bring it in…and I was out of moss, out of stands, out of time, and out of season to candle-cut…but we needed trees, and our show only had 2 other JBPs.

Excuses aside, I took her advice and spent part of Memorial Day cleaning moss off the trunks of several JBPs. As she suggested, slowly and meticulously, with tweezers and dental picks, nearly all the moss was removed.

In case you’re a pot freak, this is a Nakawatari; antique Chinese, from the ShouYouKouSei kiln, probably 130 years old.

By the time this is published, it will be 3 weeks to candle-cutting time! Remember, find your area’s first frost date, and count…

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