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Scots Pine (Pinus Sylvestris)

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Scots Pine (Pinus Sylvestris) - Bonsai Tree Type (Outdoors) Bonsai Care

Considered to be Scotlands national tree and one of our Indigenous Trees (Scotland). In Britain grows wild mainly in Scotland but is the most widely distributed conifer in the world. An evergreen coniferous tree. Widely indigenous across western Europe and into Asia. A two needled pine greatly underrated as a Bonsai.

STYLE : Suitable for most styles, except broom, but particularly good for literati.

WARNING : Do not confuse mycorrhizal funghi for root aphids when repotting. The Scots Pine and mycorrhizal funghi have a symbiotic relationship which benefits both organismisms. Prevent root rot by protecting from prolonged rain

Care Info

REPOT : Every 2-5 years depending on age, in mid to late spring.

SOIL : Free draining : 80:20 grit:organic or 70:30 grit:akadama.

PRUNE : Late summer/early autumn to minimise resin bleed.

PINCH : Pinching of candles will be determined by the objective (back budding, branch extension etc). In late summer, remove old needles to let in light.

WATER : Keep wet but not saturated. Keep dry in winter.

FEED : Monthly dose of balanced feed during spring summer. Single application of slow release, low nitrogen feed in winter.

WARNING : Do not confuse root aphids for mycorrhizal funghi when repotting. Prevent root rot by protecting from prolonged rain.


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