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joe cervantes

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Rosemary
« on: December 07, 2009, 10:55 PM »
Has anyone ever used this for Bonsai. If so, any pics? Thanks, Joe
 

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Re: Rosemary
« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2009, 07:10 AM »
i had tried and failed years ago, but back then there weren't many trees i didn't fail with!! ;D it can make a beautiful addition to your collection, give it a go!!
 

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Re: Rosemary
« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2009, 08:54 AM »
Rosmarinus (rosemary) has been a bonsai subject for a very long time, especially in Southern Europe where old and ancient plants can be found.

Here are a few:
http://www.thebonsaiguide.com/BPG/BS_A0067.HTM

http://www.bonsai-bci.com/Certre05/certre05v.html

http://www.certre.it/index.php?op=desc_Editoria



 

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Re: Rosemary
« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2009, 04:53 PM »
I tried to dig one Earlier this year, but i has not survived the collection, I thought I managed to obtain a large amount of roots, but it has now all dried and shrivelled.
They can look stunning, but i have heard, hard to collect which it seems by my effort is true :-(

Ken
 

joe cervantes

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Re: Rosemary
« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2009, 01:14 AM »
Thamks guys!! I may have to give it a go and see what happens.
 

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Re: Rosemary
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2012, 05:30 PM »
Ive been working with 3 which I started from seed last spring.  You should definitely give it a go.  if you bring them inside ( I have them inside now under flourescents) put them in a humidity tray. I just use an old saucer filled with about 2 inches of gravel. make sure the water is below where the pots touch. they hate wet feet, but like humidity.

I'll have some pics of them up soon.
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Re: Rosemary
« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2012, 01:13 AM »
Ive been working with 3 which I started from seed last spring.  You should definitely give it a go.  if you bring them inside ( I have them inside now under flourescents) put them in a humidity tray. I just use an old saucer filled with about 2 inches of gravel. make sure the water is below where the pots touch. they hate wet feet, but like humidity.

I'll have some pics of them up soon.


Here they are. They arent much right now, but I'm hoping they will grow fast this coming growing season.  So far Ive found that if you are going to wire, do it early when the branches are young. Once they get woody, they crack pretty easily. Clip and grow seems to work well.

Any suggestions on training these? I was planning on just doing some minor clip and grow to create movement in the trunks. Then just let them wild out for a bit till the trunks fatten up a bit.

 

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Re: Rosemary
« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2012, 01:32 PM »
i dug a couple out of my grandmothers driveway before we sold her house. They both survived and are doing great, i think the key is misting the foliage as they absorb a ton of water through their foliage. They have almost like aerial root tips in the congested areas. I would leave some of these areas in tact and prune away others that have no value to the future tree. The congestion helps keep the humidity higher in those areas allowing for some moisture absorbtion through the foliage. They dont seem to mind heavy soil like potting mix, mixed with garden dirt, seeing thats what i did.
 

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Re: Rosemary
« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2012, 08:21 AM »
I'm planning to start some rosemary from seed this spring.  Most will go into the garden but I will keep some for myself to play with.  Those of you have have started rosemary from seed, are there any special tips or tricks for getting this started on the best possible foot?
 

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Re: Rosemary
« Reply #9 on: February 21, 2012, 11:35 AM »
nathanbs-  I'm with you on keeping the humidity high. mine also seem to be pretty happy as long as they have humidity.  when it gets warm enough I'll bring them outside and mist them early in the day. Sounds like you lucked out finding some material with larger trunks.

Leila-  I havent found that the seeds need any special treatment. Ive been told that they can be tricky to germinate compared to starting other herbs from seed, but I found that they are fairly easy. I just got a starter mix that consists of perlite, peat, vermiculite and sand. ( it was just some basic mix i got at a big box store) i used a plastic starter flat with the clear top that keeps it nice and warm. I placed it in a south facing window and they sprouted. keep the soil moist, but not soggy. Early on, before they show leaves, all they really need is moisture and warmth. I also had thai basil, parsley, and dill in the same flat, it all came up just fine. good luck with your spring project!
 

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Re: Rosemary
« Reply #10 on: February 21, 2012, 12:56 PM »
once established i think the misting is unnecessary but i do water the foliage every time i water the soil
 

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Re: Rosemary
« Reply #11 on: February 21, 2012, 01:28 PM »
I have a huge rosemary growing on my property I wanna dig, but i have had no luck with them, so i am faced with maybe killing a nice tree. Maybe I will trench it and fertilize it this year and get it next year.  Does anyone know what time of the year its best to collect them? We haven't had much of a winter here in So. Cal. It's gonna hit 80 or more where I live by tomorrow.
 If I dig that rosemary, I will mist it like Mr. sausage (I mean Nathan) suggests and spray it with some cloud cover. (my secret technigue is I add a couple of drops of HB101 and superthrive to the cloud cover solution--don't know if it works, but everything I tried it on is thriving) 8)
 

Joshua Hanzman

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« Reply #12 on: October 22, 2013, 08:42 PM »
I decided not to start a new thread on rosemary but rather revive an old one. Searching through the forum however I was surprised to find so little information on them, they are absolutely stunning as far as bark/trunk quality, foliage, movement and deadwood. I will post the pictures of my little sticks when I get back home. I'm having success growing them and styling them, I think the key to styling is to wire right now, I put an amount of movement in the branches that I was extremely pleasantly surprised about, I am looking into whether wiring now and misting before wiring will give me more movement range. Also, I use a bonsai soil mix WITHOUT removing the fines and they seem to love it. The ones I have in regular soil are not nearly as dense. Any experience with rosemary here? If so, how do you feel about my findings so far? Different in other zones perhaps? I'm bringing them indoors around this time also, thoughts?

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Re: Rosemary
« Reply #13 on: October 23, 2013, 02:01 AM »
There are many varieties of rosemary. Some are herbaceous, like the common garden spice, and some are shrubby.
Here is one of the shrubby varieties I took a picture of.
 

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Re: Rosemary
« Reply #14 on: October 23, 2013, 02:05 AM »
Another material which is similar to rosemary is Artemisia.