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loopeozzie:
exelent vidio thanks for that now all i have to do i find a tree

akeppler:
Quoted by JohnG;

--- Quote ---Hello Barbara...thank you! It is extremely hot with reasonably high humidity where I live and my garden and nursery are very exposed to sun and wind. I use potting soil because my material does better and develops faster than if I use bonsai soil.  I also find a much higher margin of error when it comes to watering. I have had a much greater success rate on collected material since I have have switch to using a high quality potting soil as opposed to a bonsai soil....that includes everything from huge Bald Cypress down to seedlings.  Even my Shimpaku thrive in the stuff.  My informal observations with Shimpaku have really been amazing...the junipers recovered much faster from repotting, maintained a better color all year long, and achieved whips of new growth much faster.
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I agree with the potting soil. I use a 50/50 mix of potting soil and Home depot playsand. It iswashed and has no fines or dust. In the Fresno club we used to use this mix for growing out junipers for raffle trees. We would mix a huge pile on the floor of a guys garage and use it from there. What was left over was bagged and saved or sold to members. The rootballs that would grow in this stuff was amazing and very fine and lacy.

( If I would not be ridiculed by the masses I would grow all my trees in potting soil and sand 50/50)

BarbaraM:

--- Quote from: akeppler on July 19, 2009, 01:09 AM ---

--- Quote ---( If I would not be ridiculed by the masses I would grow all my trees in potting soil and sand 50/50)

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Just top dress them and no one needs to know.
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johng:

--- Quote from: akeppler on July 19, 2009, 01:09 AM ---
( If I would not be ridiculed by the masses I would grow all my trees in potting soil and sand 50/50)

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I will have to try adding the some sand for my junipers!

Its hard to ridicule results;)
John

JTGJr25:
Its a cool tree and very powerful.  I was thinking though, It almost seems as though something is missing from the picture.  I tried to imagine it with a big hollow coming down the front and now I think it could make this tree greater.  Would you consider it?

Tom

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