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General Category => Evergreen Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: Jason E on April 11, 2012, 11:09 PM

Title: azalea update
Post by: Jason E on April 11, 2012, 11:09 PM
Hello,
Thought I'd post an update on this tree from another post "azalea carving". Did the first stage of the trunk chopping a couple of months ago and is pushing new growth nicely. Plan on reducing the middle trunk next year, leaving the right trunk as the main trunk line which will also be reduced a bit.
thanks again for all the suggestions on the previous post!

j
Title: Re: azalea update
Post by: cbobgo on April 16, 2012, 06:12 PM
very cool!  What kind of azalea is this?

- bob
Title: Re: azalea update
Post by: Jason E on April 16, 2012, 08:58 PM
Thanks!
Not exactly sure, but think it's actually a rhody. I removed the flower buds to redirect energy and wish I would have left one or two on to see the bloom. I think it has a purple flower if I remember corectly but havent had blooms since I collected it.
Title: Re: azalea update
Post by: John S on April 21, 2012, 01:03 AM
I was going to say I think it's a rhodie too. I used to think that they were practically the same and grew up using azalea as a term for any small flowered rhodie, but the best way to tell the difference is azalea's have tiny hairs on their leaves while rhodie's are smooth.

Very cool looking tree by the way!
Title: Re: azalea update
Post by: Jason E on April 21, 2012, 10:06 PM
Thanks John, Good tip. Took a look at the leaves and they are smooth.

Thanks again, Jason
Title: Re: azalea update
Post by: John Kirby on April 22, 2012, 07:46 AM
Um, Azaleas are members of the genus Rhododendron, so as one site (http://www.nyrhododendron.org/pages/faqs/6azalea.html (http://www.nyrhododendron.org/pages/faqs/6azalea.html)) puts it, al Azaleas are Rhododendrons but not all rhododendrons are Azaleas. Hmmm.

Ah the joys of common names, like this conversation overheard in a midwestern bonsai nursery-
Client: "Do you have any Cat Pee Junipers?"
Owner "Why Yes I do! Come with me. Here, here are the Cat Pee Junipers"
Client- "What those aren't Cat Pee Junipers, those are Ashe Junipers, I am looking for Cat Pee Junipers"
Owner- "Oh you mean Cedars, the Eastern Red ones, you know Juniperus virginiana"
Client, leaving in a huff, "I don't want no Cedar I want a Cat Pee Juniper"

OK, maybe I have embellished  a bit, but it could happen..
Title: Re: azalea update
Post by: John S on April 22, 2012, 01:24 PM
there you have it.
Title: Re: azalea update
Post by: Jason E on January 25, 2013, 09:14 PM
This guy got hit pretty hard last year by pests. While inspecting it today I noticed that it hadn't done much in the way of root production since putting it in the anderson flat. I removed it from the pot and hosed off more of the soil that it was collected in. I wish that I had some Kanuma to put it in, but I'm sure that the pumice, lava, and bark will still be better than it was. So put it in a pot I had around instead of the flat. Starting to see a tree taking shape. Would like to get some wire on it but don't want to stress it anymore than it prob. is.