Mă-Kè Bonsai Videos
The video explains how to grow the Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris), which is a great European species and are excellent bonsai trees for beginners.
Scots Pines are one of the only native pines trees in the UK. It is fast gaining popularity as a bonsai in the UK and even in Europe. They grow in the wild quite straggly. They tend to lose most of their lower branches. The needles in the Scots Pine can be about four to five inches but in the bonsai, they can reduce significantly. Some of the best specimens of bonsai are collected from the Alpine mountains where they take a quite a beating in terms of weather and snow, so they have developed very beautiful bark and Yamadori Scots Pine is quite sought after. However, you can grow them yourself and they will develop nice bark. The bark is very scraggly dark gray to gray. The needles are, two needles in a sheet and they develop between five and six buds at the terminals, especially at the top of the tree which is where most of the pruning needs to be done. In terms of location, the Scots Pine is best grown in full Sun area. Like all pines, again, it needs the microcondial bacteria so it's best to have it grown on the dry side rather than on the wet side. Repot the Scots pine again in July, August when I prefer to repot the Scots Pine. They have enough time to recuperate before the winter sets in and they do well with the repot every three to four years. In terms of propagation, they grow very easily from seed so you can grow them from from seeds. Some of their dwarf varieties you may have to graft on but in general, grow them from seed. They're faster, they do very well. And that's how you would grow a Scots Pine bonsai.
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