Bought myself a nice black pine at the 2017 Taikan-Ten in Kyoto. Was hesitant as I didn´t know whether it would thrive here in Sweden but got encouraging Words from a friend, so I bought it on the last day of the exhibit. The following christmas eve it served as my christmas tree. 🙂
I repotted it in spring of 2018 into it´s old container and let it grow freely after that, fertilizing every 4 weeks with an organic fertilizer. In May that year we held our annual meeting and I decided to exhibit the tree with a Prunus Mume as a companion plant. The tree won best conifer, and although I hadn´t done much work with it, it was still nice to be acknowledge.
As the tree was a little weak from repotting i never decandled the tree during summer but just let it grow. And as the winter arrived it was time to refine it´s structure. Out comes the wire and siscors.
Still have to finish the apex, will post pictures of the finished product soon. Next year will be a good year for this tree as it will fill in a little. The plan is to fertilize well an decandle this coming summer.