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SHIMA1

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Metrosideros polymorpha
« on: August 20, 2014, 06:50 AM »
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Greetings...I've been casting about for another "serious" forum so here we go.
This is a ground layer off pahoehoe (lava) from a hot dry desert. this same tree grows up to 70ft around my village but is only 1-3 feet in the desert. A very difficult and different life only 20 minutes from home. The rule of thumb is 100 years per caliper inch. This one is about 4" at soil level.

And here's the flower.










i've been looking for another "serious" forum so

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SHIMA1

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Re: Metrosideros polymorpha
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2014, 06:53 AM »
Greetings...I've been casting about for another "serious" forum so here we go.
This is a ground layer off pahoehoe (lava) from a hot dry desert. this same tree grows up to 70ft around my village but is only 1-3 feet in the desert. A very difficult and different life only 20 minutes from home. The rule of thumb is 100 years per caliper inch. This one is about 4" at soil level.

And here's the flower

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Re: Metrosideros polymorpha
« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2014, 04:51 PM »
Greetings...I've been casting about for another "serious" forum so here we go.
This is a ground layer off pahoehoe (lava) from a hot dry desert. this same tree grows up to 70ft around my village but is only 1-3 feet in the desert. A very difficult and different life only 20 minutes from home. The rule of thumb is 100 years per caliper inch. This one is about 4" at soil level.
 

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Re: Metrosideros polymorpha
« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2014, 04:53 PM »
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Re: Metrosideros polymorpha
« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2014, 09:45 PM »
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Re: Metrosideros polymorpha
« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2014, 01:27 AM »
Sorry, I don't see it. Is this regarding the local time on my profile?
 

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Re: Metrosideros polymorpha
« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2014, 10:04 PM »
Cool  ;D.  How is flowering influenced by pruning?  This is a "serious" forum.  What about defoliation?  It seems that the growth habit may warrant wiring lower than normal and allowing branches to rise naturally to showcase the flowers.
 

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Re: Metrosideros polymorpha
« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2014, 01:07 AM »
Cool  ;D.  How is flowering influenced by pruning?  This is a "serious" forum.  What about defoliation?  It seems that the growth habit may warrant wiring lower than normal and allowing branches to rise naturally to showcase the flowers.
They almost never flower as bonsai without completely sacrificing form. As in myrtle, which they are related to, there is a bud at the base of most leaves so defoliation is useful but there's a long wait for new leaves because 1- It's always cool here, and 2- they are soo old. Branches are as brittle as azalea and they are notorious for not liking roots to be messed with. The "polymorpha" many forms, means that I can't predict the outcome of anything I do, this keeps it interesting. And is why they aren't popular as bonsai. Unmanageable and messy is the common complaint.  But when A local Hawaiian sees one in a show it melts their heart, so I press on.
 

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Re: Metrosideros polymorpha
« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2014, 07:46 AM »
Well at least you would never get bored of these, as they sound unpredictable, and look so different in form.  Thanks for posting the pictures, are all these your trees? Very nice!
 

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Re: Metrosideros polymorpha
« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2014, 08:14 PM »
Thanks Judy, as is often the case, 2 D pictures just don't do it. All ground layers.
 

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Re: Metrosideros polymorpha
« Reply #10 on: August 26, 2014, 12:38 PM »
I like it, seems in many ways to mimic some of the growth habits of buttonwood, in terms of odd twists and being good with keeping dead wood. I like it. Up here in the frozen north (relative to Hawaii) it has to be indoors for winter. What temps does it need to get vigorous growth. Here we only have about 3 months of the year where Ficus grow vigorously, we only have 3 months where the night temps outdoors average above 60 F. I'm wondering if it would work as a indoor for the winter tropical 'under lights' bonsai.

What do you think?
 

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Re: Metrosideros polymorpha
« Reply #11 on: August 28, 2014, 01:43 AM »
I like it, seems in many ways to mimic some of the growth habits of buttonwood, in terms of odd twists and being good with keeping dead wood. I like it. Up here in the frozen north (relative to Hawaii) it has to be indoors for winter. What temps does it need to get vigorous growth. Here we only have about 3 months of the year where Ficus grow vigorously, we only have 3 months where the night temps outdoors average above 60 F. I'm wondering if it would work as a indoor for the winter tropical 'under lights' bonsai.

What do you think?

Hi Leo. It's not a tropical tree although it grows at lower elevations.  I'm at 4K' where it's never hot and almost freezes in winter. There are some growing in San Francisco I hear. So, could they be grown indoors? I have no idea but I would think, with the right set-up, they could.
 You may have started something. Not since the original IBC has there been so much interest in ohi'a. (It's all Owen's fault ;))