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jadeguy22
Feb 10, 2020 6:58 PM CST
I planted a pinus bonsai tree seed last year. It started out great but hasn't really grown in awhile. I don't know when I should repot it and what to repot it into.i have been watering it when it gets very dry which is like 2 times a week. Also there is white stuff growing on the side.


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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Feb 10, 2020 9:28 PM CST
What you planted was a pine tree seed (Pinus sp.) and you plan to someday turn it into a bonsai. There is no such thing as a Pinus bonsai.

Pine trees don't grow very fast but, your's is still in a peat cup. The white stuff is just mineral build up from the soil and your water. You could carefully peel the cardboard outer layer off and plant it into a slightly bigger pot. I usually start pines in 1 gallon pots.

Do you know what kind of pine tree seed you planted? Not all pine trees will make a bonsai as most pines don't take well to pruning.

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BigBill
Feb 10, 2020 9:32 PM CST
I think that the pot is too big.
What exactly makes you think that it is a bonsai pine tree?
Bonsai need to be confined, usually at the roots in small containers. Then they are clipped and trimmed to produce those beautiful works of art.
What kind of light does it get?
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DaisyI
Feb 10, 2020 10:29 PM CST
The peat pot is probably a 4 inch pot. I start pines in 1 gallon pots. Bonsai babies need to gain size before they can go into training. I grow future bonsai in 1 - 2 gallon pots for 5 to 10 years before I start reducing pot size.
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valleylynn
Feb 11, 2020 12:29 AM CST
I agree with Daisy. The seedling needs to gain strength and size before working with it. And it should be outside. Even though it is an evergreen this is the dormant season for it. It will start to grow again when spring comes.
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jadeguy22
Feb 11, 2020 7:01 AM CST
I ordered this set off amazon.

The name of the pine tree is pinus aristata.

What kind of soil should I plant it in?

It is in an East facing window. It gets decent sunlight in the morning, direct for about 15 minutes.


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BigBill
Feb 11, 2020 7:40 AM CST
What you have is one of the higher altitude Bristlecone pines. It likes to grow cool to cold. If it was me I would be careful to protect it from the heat.
It is a slower growing pine which should be perfect for bonsai. However, the chances are that it will like a whole lot more sun. This species grows high up where nothing shades it. I would imagine that the soil is not that great. You don't have rich, deep soils up on the mountain top. I would suggest a mixture featuring some amount of sand.
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jadeguy22
Feb 11, 2020 10:06 AM CST
I ordered this set off amazon.

The name of the pine tree is pinus aristata.

What kind of soil should I plant it in?

It is in an East facing window. It gets decent sunlight in the morning, direct for about 15 minutes.


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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Feb 11, 2020 11:36 AM CST
I would use cactus potting soil. Don't add sand, if anything, add perlite or gravel. I would pot it up to at least a gallon size nursery pot so it can set down a tap root. In the areas where Bristlecones grow, the soil is poor and rocky. BigBill is right, your's will need full sun and cold temperatures to survive, let alone thrive. Your tree is pretty good sized, considering the species. Keep it on the dry side.

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sallyg
Feb 11, 2020 4:45 PM CST
Please understand, if you haven't been told, it will take years of growth and pruning before it looks like the picture of bonsai. It does not happen naturally or quickly.
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DaisyI
Feb 11, 2020 5:18 PM CST
Actually, that's a Juniper in the picture, not a Bristlecone.

Here's my Bristlecone. 10 years old but planted as a seedling in the ground with good care. Its exactly 4 ft tall.
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BigBill
Feb 11, 2020 5:34 PM CST
I looked up the scientific name. It is a type of bristlecone at 7,000 to 13,000 feet I think.
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DaisyI
Feb 11, 2020 6:19 PM CST
Yes, Jadeguy22's seed is a Bristlecone pine seed. The photo on the bonsai kit package is a Juniper.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Feb 11, 2020 6:31 PM CST
I should have added, in a pot, growth will be WAY slower. My Bristlecone thinks it lives in Paradise - perfect weather, water... Smiling

I have Single-needle Pinyons (Pinus monophylla - another native) growing from seed in 1 gallon pots. The 3-year old trees are about 3 inches tall.
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jadeguy22
Feb 11, 2020 6:33 PM CST
Thank you for the help people! I just signed up to this website and started using this forum yesterday and I have learned so much! Thank You!
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terrafirma
Feb 11, 2020 6:37 PM CST
And also remember that "Bonsai" is an art... Not a plant....

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