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Mame JBP gone crazy 1 week 3 days ago #37503

My mame JBP is almost twice the size it was in September.
It was decandled by the end of December, some old needle plucking was done, and fed by only BioGold and water.
The thing is, canopy is turning too much to the right and it is too high.
Wire it to the left and down, or prune it to old needles?

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Mame JBP gone crazy 1 week 3 days ago #37505

Very nice one! Looks healthy as well. I don't have any pines and too much experience but hope others could help. My opinion is that the question will be hard to answer with only one picture from one angle.

Oh yeah and what I noticed is two branches growing from the same spot(I might be wrong) on the bottom right. If it is the case maybe you should decide on one of them for a better look.
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Mame JBP gone crazy 1 week 3 days ago #37506

Good eye!
Yes, the frontal branch that at the moment is wired to the right will go. It's gonna be pruned soon.

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Mame JBP gone crazy 1 week 3 days ago #37508

Not much of a pine person myself. So do not take any of this as solid advice :D

I think the JBP can get much smallr needles with the right pruning & fertilizer/water management. That in itself might solve your issues.

If I loko at the canopy, it looks like in the top there are 3 branches very near. If you would take out the middle one, you might have a much more compact tree already?
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Mame JBP gone crazy 1 week 2 days ago #37540

leatherback wrote: I think the JBP can get much smallr needles with the right pruning & fertilizer/water management.


Well, mixed feelings about that.
I understand perfectly the technical aspect of watering less and fertilizing nothing to reduce growth and needle size.
But I think there are other ways, such as full sun and pinching needles, that can be less agressive to the tree. I'll think about it though.

leatherback wrote: If I look at the canopy, it looks like in the top there are 3 branches very near. If you would take out the middle one, you might have a much more compact tree already?


I have just done that, and immediately the bonsai looks much better.
Thanks for pointing it out for me, Leatherback.
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