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Anthony

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A bit for Sorce
« on: August 09, 2014, 02:45 PM »
Sorce,

I will add this on.

[a] The Indoor Oak - is probably from a zone 9 in Africa, as it was a Victorian plant, as it handles, cold corners and low light. In full sun the leaves shrink to less than an inch. It is an undemanding shrub, and thus far nothing eats it.

You have to use a clump style, as it is not a plant with many branches or branchlets. You can very easily design a 6 branch, clumps that give the impression of a full canopy with shadows giving mounds that separate like a full grown mango tree seen in early morning or late evening light [ as the painter's use it light from a 45 deg angle.]

Largest trunk we have grown is 3" [ could give a stout 15 inch tall bonsai or a more feminine 18" tree ] however back then 80's no one knew how to dig up a ground grown [ clay soil ] plant. It passed away.
Will retry one of these days.

The problem with indoor growing, plants from China [ Fukien tea, Serissa, Elm, Sageretia etc. ] are from the zones 7 to 9.
Same for the Ficus from China.
Most folk try to grow them like Tropicals [ from the valleys of the Amazon ] they run a dormant cycle for 2 months.
Probably induced by shorter days and then held by cold.

For us, they sleep from after Christmas until late February. We hit between 69 to 72 deg.F from 5 p.m until around 8.a.m. with high 80's to a 90 deg.F for half and hour around 12 in the day.
Which is why we repot on the 2nd of January until early February or so. Usually no rain until April/May or these years June/July.

Have to keep reminding folks that apart from the southern most beaches and islands off of Southern China, the zones are 9 and the upper limit is 7 for these Chinese imports.
So everyone takes the Fukien teas and keeps them warm over winter and at some point insects or disease enters and kills it.

[c] To induce dormancy in Florence , Italy, my-brother-in law just put the Zelkova, Pomegranate, and cedar of Lebanon, on the other side of the window, outside window sill.
Anytime around early December.
No problems.
Florence has winter starting either before or after Christmas and ending around April / May. Snow.
More notes - chuckle.
Good Day
Anthony

* Now why does the J.B.pine grow down here ??????? and we are testing J.R.pine
 

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Re: A bit for Sorce
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2014, 08:54 PM »
Thank you.

Another interesting read.

I would love to see more of your trees.

Sorce
 

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Re: A bit for Sorce
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2014, 05:32 AM »
Malpighia e.

J.B.pine

 

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Re: A bit for Sorce
« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2014, 05:35 AM »
Texas ebony - from 1980/1 or so. Source Texas. Never ground grown, just larger pots.
Trunk is 3" in diameter.

Last airlayer being done presently. 2 other airlayers done last year as gifts for friends.
Very easy tree to grow, never mind the thorns.
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Re: A bit for Sorce
« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2014, 05:41 AM »
Ficus [ type ? ] leaves are never glossy and does not throw out aerial roots.

A 3 leafed cutting, brought home from Floerence, Italy. Mother tree was the school's mascott. Not really a bonsai just a great memory.
About 32 or so inches tall.
From 1984 or so.
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Re: A bit for Sorce
« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2014, 10:06 AM »
Alright.

I really like the Texas Ebony.
 

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Re: A bit for Sorce
« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2014, 01:30 PM »
The texas ebony back in the 80's and 90's.
 

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Re: A bit for Sorce
« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2014, 01:40 PM »
Sorce,

this is how a tree is designed, either from seed or cutting or seedling. Today my brother-in-law can draw a design and grow a seed/seedling into it. Once he has worked the tree type for several years.

a ] Design for a ficus

b ] Ficus b.

soil mix is 3 to 5 mm gravel and compost.
Placement full sun.

If you need to see more I have the three other sides and the top.
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Anthony