This is an interesting insight! Could you elaborate on the role of frequent watering in seedling growth? How is this more advantageous over using soils that (within reason) can better retain moisture? Is this todo with sacrificing the available space for oxygen to occupy with soil particles that can hold moisture?
This is based on research for optimal root growth combining air, moisture and nutrients.
Could you refer me to this research please?
I would stay below 5% as a normal guideline.
This is significantly less than the organic material I’ve mixed into in my soil this year. My thought process was when a tree is so young, it’s feasible to let nature take care of the business (with lots of fertiliser help) and let the coarse growth deliver the desired trunk thickness.
The above is in contrast to the practice of switching to an inorganic mix when its time for refinement and needle length reduction. This method relies on precisely controlled applications of fertiliser which can only be effective when the tree is sitting in a mix that’s completely void of any of its own nutrients.
@Riversedgebonsai in your opinion is this not an effective method for maximising early year’s growth?
colandar in the ground for year two and three
Do you take the tree out of the ground to work on the roots between year 2 and 3?
I am currently using terra cotta pots for JWP that i am air layering.
Holy cow, this has to be the topic of my next question