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bwaynef

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Any interesting projects for 2016
« on: February 02, 2016, 11:12 AM »
Here's mine.  In the fall of 2014, just after leaf fall, I planted several japanese maples and tridents maples.  The tridents were slipped through a narrow hole drilled in a 4" square tile.  The japanese maples were (mostly) planted over a washer.  I've learned a few things I'd do differently, but I'm pleased with the results.

Here's one of my better tridents.
 

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Re: Any interesting projects for 2016
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2016, 06:04 PM »
So that's what you got after essentially 1 growing season (unless I'm reading that wrong)? Pretty impressive. I would have thought that would take a couple of years.

What would you do differently?

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Re: Any interesting projects for 2016
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2016, 09:23 AM »
Its my experience that a lot of trees put on the most girth in the fall, so I'd count this at least 1.5 growing seasons.  I was warned early but ignored the advice that I shouldn't let them go more than a year w/o tending to the roots.  Turns out, its probably good advice, at least early on when you're trying to get the roots set.  A bunch of the trees didn't have the radial roots that this one has.  Some had 2-3 major roots that shot across the tile and went straight down.  If I'd pruned 'em back last fall, the roots would probably have ramified a little better.

Also, those placed through a washer could've used some attention earlier as well.
 

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Re: Any interesting projects for 2016
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2016, 11:09 AM »
I'm working on a Tanuki to try something new, and because I had a really nice piece of deadwood that used to be a Juniper in front of my house.  This has actually been quite the ongoing process, and it gave me the chance to try a number of techniques presented in the deadwood techniques book by Jeker.  First I had the wood sandblasted to remove bark and loose rotted wood.  Then I peeled back the jin branches to improve their look as some had been cut flush.  After that, I burned the wood completely black, and subsequently brushed and applied lime-sulfur in many coats.  After the lime sulfur, I carved the 4 channels for the whips.  I used a wood hardener after the channels were carved, applying a few coats of that, and then brushed down the shine to a matte finish after it dried.

I applied the 4 whips using small staples, and potted the whole thing in a box, where I will not wait patiently for the tree to grow.  I have added a bad photoshop of the intended style after growing for a while.
 
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Re: Any interesting projects for 2016
« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2016, 10:22 AM »
I'm not sure how I missed this post.  That's a fantastic piece of deadwood.  I'd've been tempted to do something similar myself.  Are those shimpaku "scions" ?
 

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Re: Any interesting projects for 2016
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2016, 06:19 AM »
Here's mine.  In the fall of 2014, just after leaf fall, I planted several japanese maples and tridents maples.  The tridents were slipped through a narrow hole drilled in a 4" square tile.  The japanese maples were (mostly) planted over a washer.  I've learned a few things I'd do differently, but I'm pleased with the results.

Here's one of my better tridents.
I love this.  I did exactly the same with some Japanese maples.

http://bonsaistudygroup.com/japanese-maple-discussion/seedlings-suggestions-on-where-to-next/

As this was my first attempt in doing something like this, I also think I made numerous mistakes.  Unfortunately due to my mistakes, I am now sitting with only 3 of the seedlings left.  But in saying that, all 3 are very healthy and still doing well. 

Its my experience that a lot of trees put on the most girth in the fall, so I'd count this at least 1.5 growing seasons. 

I always thought that the best time to check the roots and do a trim on the roots is in mid to end winter.  Am I correct or is that wrong.  The reason I am asking is that I think that my project can still move forward as long as I correct my mistakes from the past.
 

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Re: Any interesting projects for 2016
« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2016, 06:20 AM »
I'm working on a Tanuki to try something new, and because I had a really nice piece of deadwood that used to be a Juniper in front of my house.  This has actually been quite the ongoing process, and it gave me the chance to try a number of techniques presented in the deadwood techniques book by Jeker.  First I had the wood sandblasted to remove bark and loose rotted wood.  Then I peeled back the jin branches to improve their look as some had been cut flush.  After that, I burned the wood completely black, and subsequently brushed and applied lime-sulfur in many coats.  After the lime sulfur, I carved the 4 channels for the whips.  I used a wood hardener after the channels were carved, applying a few coats of that, and then brushed down the shine to a matte finish after it dried.

I applied the 4 whips using small staples, and potted the whole thing in a box, where I will not wait patiently for the tree to grow.  I have added a bad photoshop of the intended style after growing for a while.

That is brilliant.  Would love to see you start a thread on this so that we can continue to see the progress on this.
 

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Re: Any interesting projects for 2016
« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2016, 06:32 AM »
My project is to see how much punishment some seedlings could take.

A quick history

In Jan 2015 I was visiting my brother in law who had a bonsai Crassula Tetragona.  I took a few cuttings from the tips and stuck them into the ground.  Over the last year the 6 little cuttings have grown like mad and every time a piece breaks off, I stick it in the ground and it grows.  I have given away dozens over the last year.

One of the cuttings really grew so I decided that the only way for me to know how much one could do with this species is to go to work on it.

So...  I cut it back, wired it, repotted it and now I will see where it takes me.  We are just short of a month away from autumn here is South Africa so it was really a case of nothing ventured nothing gained.  I also figured that the growth that I achieved in one year, if it fails, I have dozens of new rooted cuttings to step up and face the music.
Pic 1 - Jan 2015
Pic 2 - Feb 2016
Pic 3 - Feb 2016 after the cutting and wiring.