This one was collected in Colorado in spring of 2006. Normally one would leave a tree like this alone for around five years and then start styling or repotting. I have found that too many of these trees go downhill over many years until they eventually die. Some are happy from day one and look good after many years. These are often the ones which were barerooted. I believe in taking off ALL original soil very soon. Therefore I repotted this beast in March 2007. This is risky, of course, and the tree might die. I think the danger of it not dying right away but then going downhill is much bigger.
This is one of the most impressive ponderosa pines that I ever saw.