Bonsai Training Information

Pinus mugo
Mugo Pine, Swiss Mountain Pine

The Mugo pine is a cone-shaped conifer, with long mid-green needles that cover its branches. It is a hardy tree and takes well to pruning and hence make and ideal Bonsai as it is slow growing too. It has attractive attractive brown cones.

Styles:

Formal upright, Informal Upright, Slanting, Cascade, Semi-cascade, Literate, Rock-over-root, Clasped-to-rock, Twin-trunk, Clump, Group planting, Saikei

Location:

Outdoor

Position:

Full Sun to Partial Shade, protect from Frost in Cooler months.

Watering:

Water regulary but do not water-log soil. Reduce watering in winter, but never allow the soil to dry out completely. Misting is appreciated spring-fall.



Feeding:

Every two weeks, spring-midautumn, using liquid bonsai food or half-strength general purpose fertilizer. In hot areas, discontinue feeding during the heat of summer. Apply a chelated iron supplement several times yearly.

Leaf and Branch Pruning:

New growth should be pinched, not clipped, several times in spring, when shoots are about 1 inch long, leaving 3-4 clusters of needles. Do major pruning in early fall. Never remove all needles.

Re-potting & Growing Medium:

In general, every 3-4 year in early to mid-spring, before new growth expands, or in early fall. Older specimens (+10 years) may be repotted every 5 years. Prune roots by a 1/3. Use fast-draining soil mix, 1 part Loam, 1 part peat, 1 part sand or alternatively use 1 part Akadama and 1 part Pumice. Protect from full sun for a few weeks after repotting.

Wiring:

Wire between late autumn and winter.

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