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jlushious

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Thunderchild Crabapple
« on: August 07, 2014, 09:45 PM »
This is a zone 3 cold hardy crab that I got from a nursery this spring. I really like the purple leaves and am looking forward to flowers when the time comes. It's also not a usual bonsai species but I think it will be neat to try out.

It came as a seedling plug. I root pruned the tap root, removed as much of the plug soil as I could and potted it up. It grew really well already. When I was updating all my records today and taking photos I noticed ants... and then looked closer and UGH! I have never seen such a big colony of aphids before! I soap sprayed the heck out of them immediately, but wow. I didn't even see them tucked under the leaf like that.

Anyways, I had done some gentle trunk wiring when I potted it up to get some easy low trunk movement early.

First pic is the whole tree, second is the trunk movement (sorry kind of fuzzy), and third is the aphid colony!
 

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Re: Thunderchild Crabapple
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2014, 06:35 AM »
Interesting variety, yet again!

Burn those lil aphuckers! Smashfest!

 

jlushious

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Re: Thunderchild Crabapple
« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2014, 08:13 AM »
Thanks Sorce, many of the trees that I had that are "typical" for bonsai don't fare well in zone 3. So I am trying to see if any super hardy zone 2/3 species will do well here. If nothing else it's good experience!
 

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Re: Thunderchild Crabapple
« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2014, 08:56 AM »
Aphids are par for the course, luckily easy to get rid of. Blast with garden hose and let the foliage dry a bit. Then use your soap solution. the blast it with the hose the next day. You can also add a tablespoon of vegetable oil to your soap mix. (Tablespoon each of veg oil plus gentle dishwashing soap in a gallon of water.)

Best regards,
Augustine
 

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Re: Thunderchild Crabapple
« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2014, 08:57 AM »
Also, I forgot...

You can probably grow Amur maple in your area.

 

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Re: Thunderchild Crabapple
« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2014, 11:07 AM »
Yeah definitely Amur's, I ordered some seeds to try out this winter.
 

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Re: Thunderchild Crabapple
« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2014, 10:10 PM »
I just picked a Korean maple "Acer pseudosieboldianum" right after you guys visited, they suppose to be zone 3. It was tall and I air layer the top. Have a mass of roots in less than a month. Already divided them. The movement in the bottom part was the reason I pick it. I think that it will do ok in the garage over the winter. So far it has responded great to the hard pruning. I have already the primary branches, maybe next season I strike luck and get some secondary ramification. The problem I see are the long internodes but I think pruning thru the years will help with this.
 

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Re: Thunderchild Crabapple
« Reply #7 on: August 08, 2014, 10:26 PM »
 Tamarack,White and Blue Spruce and Siberian Elm would also live in your area.