Jack Pine Bonsai
As a common candidate for bonsai cultivation, jack pine is originated from North America. Regarding the bonsai plant selection, pine trees is always considered as one of the best choices compared with other plant series. The reason is because it represents longevity and the spirit of peace. They also have great shapes and appearance which enable it to be a good choice for bonsai designing. Generally, the pine trees can offer the bonsai artists their desirable curves with a well-distributed area of foliage. Its unique style makes them stand out of their tropical and deciduous competitors as it is unbelievable to image a maple tree with the curve of a Jack Pine plant.
Jack pine is a good choice for bonsai beginners due to its hardy characteristics. Compared with other delicate tree series, pines are very easy to maintain and they can tolerate hard cold climate as well. Rather than buying a new plant from the nursery, you can have more fun to cultivate a new plant from the seed. You will become more confident about your gardening ability. Generally, it will take a while for Jack pine trees to sprout out. Although most natural pines can grow up to 10-15 inches per calendar year, the growth rate for bonsai trees will be low.
Jack pine can tolerate coarse environment such as poor soil and cold climates. During the cultivation of your bonsai pines, it is very important to build an environment similar to its natural habitat. Because of its natural outdoor habitats, you need to take extra care when you put them inside your home. Since the indoor temperature is much higher their dormant winder cold climate, they will keep growing until it crashes. So, it is a good idea to put them in cold winter days to make them enter their dormant stage. They can protect them from over-growing which is harmful for the health of your trees.
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