Red Pine / Ponderosa on Rock-
One of the bonsai benefits of living in the volcanic Pacific Northwest of the U.S. is the geology. There are many dark, irregular rocks out there for rock plantings.
This pine was originally a Ponderosa, Pinus ponderosa. About seven years ago I grafted it with Red Pine, Pinus densiflora. This spring we were casting about for a container—I send students out to hunt for the right pot for a tree—and one came back with a rock. (10 points to Gryffindor…)
This is a photo essay of that adventure-
The Red Pine before placement on a rock
Seasonal students investigating the possibilities
Our newcomer to Crataegus Bonsai—apprentice Jarryd Bailey, who hails from Tasmania.
The lava rock and assorted paraphernalia, including our anchoring compound, PC-7
Wire loop imbedded in the PC-7, attached to the rock. In the old days lead was used.
After attaching the pine with wire
Adding soil behind the muck wall
The completed Red Pine planting on a lava rock. We added chopped up live moss to the muck, which will create a fine layer of live moss shortly. The pine will be styled this fall, but for now it will be allowed to settle into its new home.