The year is 1990 and I was doing Bonsai for not more than half a year or so when I visited “China Bonsai centre” in Schiedam (Holland). This giant greenhouse was filled from top to bottom with many commercial Bonsai! But there were always a few better ones brought back from their trips to China! And one of them was the tucked away big Chinese Pinus parviflora from this story! It costed us a whopping 1000 Gulden (450 Euro) and that was a lot of money those days and still is!
Below: 7 years later and the year is 1997 when my Pine whas shown in the third edition of the famous GINKGO AWARDS in Belgium.
Below: 23-4-2022 and 25 years later! Yesterday my Dear old Bonsai friend Teunis Jan Klein brought the pot that I bought from him and now it is time to finally free my pine from his cracked pot! With a hammer the pot is broken so that the pieces can be removed by hand!
Below: Just look how compact those roots and soil have become over the years!
Below: All that greyish mycorizza is a welcome sign of good health and o so necessary for any Pine to trive and survive!
Below: With a hook and a chopstick the old soil is removed via the bottom working my way up!
Below: Than only carfully working with a chopstick the soil is further removed from in between the roots!
Below: The bottom of the pot is filled with a layer of soil containing of Akadama and Bims. The grayish / brown pieces you can see scattered around on top are the saved layers miccoriza from before! This way the pot will fill itself mutch quicker with healthy and very nessesary miccoriza! Remember a Pine needs miccoriza to feed!!!
Below: Wiggeling with a chopstick carfully working the soil into every open space between those roots. And then he is waterred over and over again until the water that runs out of the holes in the pot is clear! I hope he recovers well from it all and that he may bring me plessier for many more decades to come!
Hans van Meer.