Hi bonsai enthusiasts,
First of all, I think the Bonsai Tonight blog is great! I’ve learned a lot going trough all the old posts and the new.
1,5 years ago I started a batch of JBP from seed. They still have a long way to go.
Luckily I found a nice and affordable JBP last june to work on in the meantime. The seller helped me along and de-candled it for me and I came home with this:
I was very happy with it. My girlfriend on the other hand thought is was a sad blob with needles and didn’t understand why I would spend so much money on it.
Anyway, I didn’t touch it all summer and didn’t fertilize until today (fish emulsion), although I don’t think the needles have hardened off completely. They are sharp but still light green and I’m able to pull them out with my fingers with a firm tug. But if I wait any longer it won’t make sense to fertilize anymore because it will be too cold. Where I live (The Netherlands) it is around 15 degrees celsius (60 F). Any lower and organic fertilizer wont’t work, right?
Should I have started fertilizing earlier? I didn’t because I was afraid the internodes and needles would get too long.
This is what it looks like now:
What would be the next step for this tree? I did a Bonsai Beginners Course a while back and read a lot about bonsai care so I have a general idea of what to do. But having a real tree in front of me I have actually no idea what the most ideal front for this tree would be. And would this be the right time to pull needles and select shoots?
Any advice and tips would be appreciated!