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Owen Reich

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Re: Little Chojubai
« Reply #15 on: June 13, 2014, 11:28 AM »
My training has been in a hotter area of Japan.  It is not a question of if Fall is best.  It just is.  The point made by Bill is an important one.  Northerners and those with sharp cold changes in mid to late Fall would benefit from a Spring repot IMO.  I have seen root knot nematodes in Japan on sick Chojubai and in America once in GA.  Your source, be it nearby or afar will affect incidence of nematodes.
 

Adair M

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« Reply #16 on: June 13, 2014, 03:14 PM »
So, Owen, I just purchased one from Don. Is Michigan far enough north that I could assume it be free of nematodes?

And since the tree will be down here in GA, where it is hot and humid, I should repot in fall if it needs repotting?

 

Don Blackmond

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Re: Little Chojubai
« Reply #17 on: June 13, 2014, 04:10 PM »
In the past I have repotted them in the Spring with no issues.  Recently, based on other's advice, I have only been slip-potting in Spring and doing root work in the Fall.  I don't have any data to suggest any difference.  I do keep mine in a greenhouse during winter so the freshly repotted trees are protected from extreme cold temps.  As with all things related to bonsai, do what works best for you in your environment and conditions.  There is no substitute for practical experience.
 

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Re: Little Chojubai
« Reply #18 on: June 13, 2014, 11:06 PM »
Don, what about fertilizer?
 

Don Blackmond

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Re: Little Chojubai
« Reply #19 on: June 14, 2014, 06:42 AM »
Don, what about fertilizer?

I use biogold, Osmocote and Peters 20-20-20.  I like the Peters the best so that is the mainstay for me.  I have Osmocote on some of my smaller chojubai because its easy and a supplement.  The Biogold is good but difficult for me to keep in small pots, plus it can break down and compact soil in small pots.
 

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Re: Little Chojubai
« Reply #20 on: June 14, 2014, 10:20 AM »
Can someone please answer my cuttings question =]
 

Owen Reich

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« Reply #21 on: June 14, 2014, 10:25 AM »
Semi-hardwood cuttings are easiest basically now.  Mist when possible.  Keep in part shade. 

Adair, I have no idea frankly.  Don's plants so if he didn't have issues, they should be fine.  I'd repot in Fall because I've been told to do so in humid and hot environments.
 

Don Blackmond

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Re: Little Chojubai
« Reply #22 on: June 14, 2014, 11:00 AM »
Can someone please answer my cuttings question =]
I think its been answered, but to be sure, here:  I have best success in the spring as they are just about to leaf out.  But you can take them during the growing season.   You want to keep them warm and moist.  Sun will bake and dry them.  Humidity will provide needed moisture through the leaves and allow the roots to grow and develop.  I like to put them on a humidity tray in a large clear plastic bag.  That keeps them moist and warm and minimizes environmental swings.