Work In Progress

This will not be one of those post's "Nothing in a manga ... nothing in the other ... charammm!" LOL. On the contrary, it runs the risk of becoming a bit technical and annoying (I apologize), but since I had the camera nearby, I remembered to do the report;)

This little Sylvestris was offered me by a good friend, Márcio Meruje. It is what many call affectionately "material to play with" ... compared to a few copies that are in Covilhã this, in fact, is nothing that "breathe the breath to anyone" ... hehehe ... More is a small pine of yamadori and with some way and much luck, it might give something in the future. He's been in the garden for some time. This is his second growing season here in Lisbon.

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In early spring he was transplanted to a training vessel larger than the original. The substrate used is very much based on gravel and some elements that retain water (it can be akadama ... it can be peat ...). In fact, this combination is not very different from what you find on the floor of the pine trees, which is commonly called clay. The gravel, besides being very draining, has the property of heating and retaining the heat when exposed to the sun, keeping the pots warm, something that the pine trees seem to like. It's a combination I've seen used in Japan and I decided to try this year with some pines. So far, with good results as you can see by the example presented here.

These types of results, especially in a pine tree, are most easily achieved by working with a vigorous, step-by-step tree. If we buckle and make jin's, trying to draw a first drawing, it is less likely to get a good "back buding". If we do not need it, then everything is fine ... but if we need it, it will be more difficult ... even with mekiri's and other techniques used for this purpose. tree was growing freely during this time. So far it has been observed until it shows signs that it was once again growing vigorously. The first sign was the vigorous and even bursting throughout the tree. The new sails lengthened to 4 to 5 cm by summer.

To confirm, in June, one of the new sails was cut by the base. In August, you can already see the new buttons to swell. Everything is normal, the tree is responding as it is supposed to. So if it makes sense in the plan, we can move on to a new stage.

The end of summer is an excellent time to select shoots in the pines. At the start, there will be no more surfing (unless provoked) and therefore, we can already choose the one with which we want to work. Of course if we want to work with everything, this operation does not make sense and therefore it is not done. This selection of surfing is done in different ways according to the objectives. In this case, what we want is to give more opportunity for growth to the new shoots resulting from "back buding". More energy and more light. So we took the strongest surf off the tips. Here, common sense should be used;) It is not to take everything and leave only "poor buttons". In fact, in the future the new branches will grow from these more buttons in the center, but if we let alone these we unbalance the energy system of the tree ... which can be a great blunder: (

  • Adam Floyd