Upside down Black Pine
All the while I am thinking this will be a constant battle with gravity. Why not just plant the tree upside down and let it grow upright. After a few years of growing and the tree is ready to train in a bonsai pot I could just flip it over and have a cascade style Black Pine. Will it work? Lets find out.
The first step was to punch a hole in a 15 inch square grow tray.
The next step was to wire the tree and plant it upside down in the tray.
I stuffed some sphagnum moss in the hole around the trunk and wired the roots down into the tray. I bent the trunk upright and wrapped some plastic tape around the pot to add some stability.
Here are the 2 trees side by side. One up, one down. Now we just wait and see how they grow.
When I came back from my summer vacation this year I found that my upside down Black pine had died. I believe this was caused by transplanting it too late in the season. Pines are very sensitive to transplanting. The cascading Black pine is doing very good. I will start another upside down Black pine in the early spring.
March 1 2012
We are going to try this again. Maybe I can get it right the second time.
Sept 6, 2012