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Pine collecting in a Central Florida Sand Scrub

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Hi Anthony. My name is Jonathan.  I like the Pine tree. I am going to look around. Someone has to sell them here in Florida.My brother is very successful He wants to open a business with me . I want to open a nursery that sell grafted fruit trees,ornamental and bonsai stock. who knows mayhe in future. The fiber on my plants are palm tree fibers

Hello Jonathan,

I wish you all the best in business and life. If you ever get the chance, in Puerto Rico exists a local Celtis, might be fun to try and Bonsai.

The Caribbean pine has one problem, thickening the trunk. Additionally, because the seed we have is from Forestry, the trees are genetically bred to be poles.
I suspect, there are other types, more Bonsai friendly, just to find them.

Will try to get you some more recent images.
Good Day

Thank you Anthony. I have a lot to learn still before I could start a business. I got fruit trees and ornamentals in the bag. Bonsai not so much lol. I have small pines that are growing unchecked Florida pines take years to grow a reasonable trunk. I am new to pines now I'm  learning how to harvest  pine, understanding sap flow,and general aftercare. I want to join a club and get further into bonsai . And get out there and see how the nurseries work .I  going have to check out the Celtis it might be a introduced species in Puerto Rico. One thing I really want to do is graft Soursop onto a Pond Apple rootstock. Here in Florida there were grafts done and it worked fine but they didn't  see it as being profitable because it had a dwarfing effect.  They produced smaller trees and less fruit. That is on this year's bucket list. It'll be kinda big but that's ok.  Have you tried to bonsai The pride of Barbados caesalpinia pulcherrima or Flamboyan  DelonixRegia ? I have a few seedlings  from last year that should take off this year.


how come you never met up with Pedro Morales, and he has a school for Tropical bonsai.

There were also quite a few members on IBC from Puerto Rico, and one was a lawyer who studies in Tiawan, with the big names.
That celtis is supposed to be local to Puerto Rico.

Flambouyant, and Pride of Barbados are not easy as bonsai, the Delonix regia dies back on branches, and requires grafting.
Max I have seen is 6 branches and no real branchlets, plus I have never seen the root formation as it is in nature.

I could give you few local names but in zone 9b, you would be better off with the Chinese imports, Elm, Sageretia t, Fukien tea, Podocarpus, Serissa s, or local Celtis, Swamp Cypress, Ligustrum, Illex yaupon, Ebanopsis [ Texas Ebony ] or the Texas persimmon, and maybe Malpighia e.

Locally, great success with Tamarindus, Local Ficus p., Gmelina, Clerodendron [ from Barbados ] A type of ironwood, that is not the Brazilian type, Chlorphora t , and a few locals that still have to have their latin names added on.

What about custard apple and the other cousins ?
Good Day

Hey Anthony, it's funny you brought up Pedro Morales. I ve been planning a trip to Wigerts in Fort Myers Florida but I want to go when Pedro will be there. He does classes at Wigerts. So I plan to take a day class and see what they have in stock. I alos want to stop by a flea Market out there that sells grafted fruit trees at great prices. I tried to reply to your reply three times and it didn't appear on the forum. But here goes four. Well as you know we Boricuas love the Delonix and I have to take a stab at it. I am yet to work on one but I think that Albizia j. is just as stubborn as a delonix. I've learned alot in the past year and I don't have problems with dieback of branches anymore because I overwinter them in a small walapini. And the leaves on one of my albizias  reduced last year to three inches long by an inch and a half wide . I have many seedlings going. I have Texas ebony ,Texas mountain laurel, pride of Barbados varieties, delonix, and lacebark elm among a few others. They are in pots still. I want to make a bigger walapini and plant the yearlings in the ground inside. Because right now the weather is going to drop to the  twenties and thirties. All my tropical trees in pots are in the walapini and the ones in the ground have blankets on them. I looked into the Celtis I and I didn't find any for p.r. But I will ask my uncle In P.R.  I am always open to any advice or tips from forum members. So don't be a stranger and feel free to throw some advice this way. Have a good night


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