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Literati pine 2 months 1 week ago #42537

Most of what I know about bonsai I learned from Harry Harrington´s books and web, bonsai4me.com
Many times over I have read what he has written: Pines should be developed slowly. If you styled a pine one year, never repot it next year.
So what I did anyway? I repotted it this spring after I styled it last year. Why?
Well, many answers apply.
I am an IDIOT. IGNORANT. Or the least offensive explanation I can think of is - It looked ok and I believed it will make it, cause I usually don´t lose trees. I think I know what I am doing. But the truth is - I don´t have much experience as this is my 4th year in bonsai and I have very little experience with conifers from a longer time frame - as can be seen this year when I lost one overpruned and overstyled spruce that I placed in full sun when it was opening new buds, or as is case here - styling and repotting in only 2 seasons.
So here you can have a look at my folly:



For example I collected another tree with this one - tripple trunk pine, styled last year too, same spot by the house just few cm away, same watering, fertilizing - I just didn´t repot it this year (luckilly I couldn´t find the right slab for it) and this is how it look like now:



So the lesson learned for me: Practice what you learn from Harry. Do not use your optimistic judgments and listen to experienced people.
(Although I have seen a local experienced guy remove 70 percent of pine foliage at styling and repot right away - so maybe some personal judgment could be useful).

I hope that this will be a good lesson for all of you here who are starting with bonsai.
I will write it down again.
Pines should be developed slowly. If you styled a pine one year, never repot it next year.

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Literati pine 2 months 1 week ago #42543

Mimo, sorry for the loss of your pine.
It hurts.
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Literati pine 2 months 1 week ago #42546

ohw shit.
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Literati pine 2 months 1 week ago #42548

Nooo... :(
Thanks for sharing. Informative
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Literati pine 2 months 1 week ago #42568

I really liked this one.

Anyway, don't be so hard on yourself. You clearly have the talent and point of view to become an expert. Your enthusiasm always makes me want to go out and collect more trees to train them and learn more. You encourage us all. We all make mistakes and sometimes even if you don't, nature thinks otherwise and trees die on you seemingly without a reason. Now you learned, so we are able to learn as well.

Thanks for sharing and keep up the good work
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Literati pine 2 months 1 week ago #42569

Thanx for the kind words :)
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