Loblolly pine in Longview

Jonas, you critiqued this tree last September when you were here. It was collected by Hunter.

Uploading… I have focused on regaining strength. I did not get into a new pot last Feb as you suggested, mostly because I didn’t have a big enough empty pot. I did cut candles and pluck in July. Not sure if I was as aggressive as I could have been. I do have lots of new buds back inside. Any thoughts on pruning or not pruning, in July.?

Thanks for the update on the tree! It looks healthy - particularly the lower branches. It’s hard to say if more pruning is needed at this point as it’s hard to see the branches through the foliage, but the one thing I do notice is that the branches near the apex look thin. Maybe next year there will be an opportunity to reduce some of the growth on the lower branches, possibly by decandling, and letting the top of the tree grow for a while until it catches up with the lower branches.

Ok. Got another shot to load. I was planning to build the top from the smaller candles in the middle. Was thinking of using the thick, straight section top left as sacrifice branch. I am not sure the upper left Branch is usable but no rush to remove.

Ah, if you’re looking to focus on the lower branches, you could likely cut the top off at any time (assuming there are lots of good roots). Because the lower trunk has good size and bark, I don’t know that there’s a big need for a sacrifice branch. And as you say, there’s no rush :slight_smile:

Update, shot of branches

Here are a couple shots of trunk, repotted and changed angle. Next repot tweek the front. I don’t think the antlers at very top are part of final design. Branches are getting buds further back so I think I will have future options.

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Update and questions. Jonas, you suggested July 4th as a good time to decandle. It will be here before I know it. Here are some pictures from today

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it seems to have regained lots of strength. There are lots of small buds on branches giving some options. The question to me is where to cut.

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I lost my loblolly. Is yours in full sun all day?

All day everyday, just try to keep it watered and fertilized.

The tree is looking good! You’ll be making the cut just above last year’s needles. Check the “making the cut” section here for details: https://bonsaitonight.com/2016/07/22/decandling-black-pine-bonsai-overview/

Thanks, it has really gained strength the last couple years plus a good repot this spring. I have read this article several times previously and again just now. Very informative, are you suggesting I should focus more on branch density now and not worry about placement/aesthetics just yet? Build the tree so to speak?

Fall is the best time to make styling decisions (pruning and wiring) and depending on how the tree responds to the decandling, you may have more shoots or back buds to work with that could influence the styling.

After reading your article several times and knowing I won’t be showing the tree soon and needle length wasn’t important this year, I decandled and plucked couple weeks early. Can you see the buds?

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