First try at yamadori; collected fir sapling
Fellow bonsai enthusiasts,
First of all, thank you all for creating such a useful and extensive forum. Bravo!
That being said, I need your help!
I recently collected a young fir tree and I'd really like it to survive. I saw the tree on a hike around my buddy's property and removed it about 2 weeks ago (July 27 or so).
I have several pictures that I'll post if anyone is interested in helping. Here are the details:
-It is currently in a 10" plastic tub, transplanted carefully during/after a heavy rainfall.
-I potted in Schultz compost-based potting soil, to which I added sand and perlite (maybe 1/5...)
-I treated it with Superthrive once, the day after transplanting.
-It currently sits under a shady south facing porch.
The tree looks very healthy, I am happy to say.
And here are my questions:
1. What am I doing wrong, if anything?
2. What do I do with this thing in the winter? Winters are very cold here...
3. Assuming it survives the winter (fingers crossed) what do I do with it in the spring? Plant it in a different substrate?
4. When should I start pruning? I have no idea how to do this to a conifer.
Any help would be greatly appreciate
I have lots of experience gardening, growing houseplants, etc, but this is my first attempt at collecting a wild specimen for bonsai. I have the green thumb, please help me become a master.
Thanks for reading!