Mugo Pine Observations

Another tree relocated from the front garden to the back.  One of my least promising trees at the minute, its suffered from my past indecisiveness and lack of attention while in the growing bed.  I’m learning from it though that with conifers the process of field growing is still hands on.  You can’t just plant and forget about them and expect to have decent bonsai material 5 years later.

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I’ve pruned this in the past to try and encourage back budding but to little avail so far.

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A pretty straight lower trunk and not much taper unfortunately.

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Some inverse taper too as the base does not exhibit the necessary root flare or width to suggest stability.  So what to do?

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Well I thought a 90 degree turn would produce a better front for a start.  I think I’ll keep the two longest trunk lines as sacrifice branches and keep the shortest trunk line facing forward.  Perhaps a literati style is the only viable option but I know Mugo Pines have a propensity for quite long needles.  Time will tell.

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Maybe I can get more buds like these popping.

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3 thoughts on “Mugo Pine Observations

  1. Ben, an option might be to heavy wire that trunk and put in some major movement now and put back in the ground. Wire would needed checked a lot as it’ll bite quickly, but a little scarring might get it to set it’s shape faster and will grow out fast in the ground. Just a thought for you to experiment with.

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  2. the other option is put it back to the ground and do nothing with it’s own foliage for next few years and then try put some grafts to the lower part of trunk as experiment. nothing to loos just time. but lots of learning .

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