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White jack pine leaves?

I bought one of those bonsai kits from my store for 7 bucks last year. I followed the mini booklet and for a time it was growing well. End of last year toward this year Jan/Feb we had a terrible winter. I followed to what I thought would help the plant. By March into April I noticed the leaves were turning from a green to a slight brown. At that point I would transplant the sprout from the mini pot it came with to a much bigger one with new soil. I also noticed the roots of the sprout-ling one was longer than most so I trimmed the one root and replanted. Now the color of the leaves when from a brown to a now a white. (pics attached)

So have a killed my plant?
Is this normal for the mini bonsai?

Super Green Thumb
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Joined: Sun Apr 10, 2011 2:52 am
Location: SE-OH USA Zone 6-A

Pines are outdoors only trees. Loess or peat based soils hold far too much water. Your seedling is at best drowning, and may have already drowned.

If your jack-pine lives, it will take another 10 to 25 years before it will become a bonsai.

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