Small Larch Forest Wired

This is a busy time of year. Once the ground thaws the larches start to move almost immediately. Then, you only have a few of weeks to get all the wiring done. This is a main disadvantage of wintering larches in the ground.

This small forest and a much larger one have taken up a lot of my free time over the last week or so.

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7 Responses

  1. crust

    Nice! There is nothing so satisfying as getting larch wiring done.

    April 13, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    • mikemc

      For sure Crust – except when getting one done means only another dozen to go! Good thing some of us like doing it – mikemc

      April 13, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    • andy brokenshire

      Hey. I have a question. When is the best time to root prune and repot a cedar and red pine that have grown in nursery pots for 10 plus years? Can I do that now? Also I was planning to use a soil mix of pumice based bonsai soil and some regular garden soil to hold water. What are your thoughts?

      April 13, 2014 at 2:47 pm

      • LSBonsai

        Hi Andy,

        Generally pines are repotted just as the buds start to move (or just before). Cedar (thuja) have a much wider repotting window. Now in the Toronto area is still on the early side but it could be done if you protect them from freezing. Cedar can be repotted well into May.

        You can be much rougher on the roots of the cedar than the pine. Remove all the nursery soil you can from the cedar. Go easy on the pine, maybe spread the removal of the old soil out over several repottings.

        April 13, 2014 at 3:54 pm

  2. Norm smith

    Yeah but what an excellent piece of work. It’s beautiful. I loved it during the ice storm. What is the pot made out of.
    Norm smith
    George’s River ns

    April 13, 2014 at 1:05 pm

  3. Norm Smith

    Sorry, I guess I should not have asked. I am new at this, but thats no excuse.

    April 13, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    • LSBonsai

      Hey Norm,

      Why should you apologize? It is a legitimate question that I get asked all the time. The pot is made of clay and shaped/coloured to look like a natural stone.

      There are natural stones that are used as pots like this (generally fractured/shattered off a larger stone) but they are rare and expensive. I saw one in Japan that was only like 15 cm wide but it was over $200. They are called kuruma stones there, I think.

      The maker of this container did a nice job making it look natural. His name is Chuck Iker from Ohio.

      If you don’t ask you’ll never know! 🙂

      April 13, 2014 at 3:57 pm

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