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JoesBonsai

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Re: Coral Tree - Erythrina caffra
« Reply #15 on: January 15, 2015, 02:55 AM »
Hi Dorian,

Very Nice tree,for it to flower you need to stop trimming it now,because it only flowers on the end of long stems.also it normally does not flower if its a young tree .5 years +

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Re: Coral Tree - Erythrina caffra
« Reply #16 on: January 15, 2015, 02:58 AM »
Hi Joe

Thanks for the feedback.

The tree is well over 20 yrs although I cannot say exact age for sure though.  When you say stop trimming.  Do you mean stop cutting off the 3rd leaf or cutting off the whole 3 leaves and stem?
 

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Re: Coral Tree - Erythrina caffra
« Reply #17 on: January 16, 2015, 12:05 AM »
Hi Dorian,

You can trim 3rd leave but leave stem long.
Here is a pic so you can see how they flower

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Re: Coral Tree - Erythrina caffra
« Reply #18 on: January 16, 2015, 01:16 AM »
Thanks Joe

The flowers are so beautiful.  I really hope that I can get it to flower.

They also say that you need to really start decreasing the watering of the Coral as that will help with the flowering.  Do you know if that is correct?
 

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Re: Coral Tree - Erythrina caffra
« Reply #19 on: January 16, 2015, 10:52 AM »
There were quite a few blooming at the San Diego zoo when I was there Wednesday afternoon.
 

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Re: Coral Tree - Erythrina caffra
« Reply #20 on: January 16, 2015, 01:39 PM »
They really are beautiful when they are in bloom.
 

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Re: Coral Tree - Erythrina caffra
« Reply #21 on: January 16, 2015, 04:19 PM »
They really are something special. They grow easily from cuttings. I once stuck a 5inch branch in the ground and it took off.
They thrive with the minimum of water. They actually rot easily from to much water.
They come in red, orange and yellow colours. Beautiful tree  :)
 

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« Reply #22 on: January 18, 2015, 01:32 AM »
Looks great. I ve been looking for one of those trees. No luck yet.
 

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Re: Coral Tree - Erythrina caffra
« Reply #23 on: January 18, 2015, 05:39 AM »
Thanks all.

Now to see if I can get it to bloom.
 

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Re: Coral Tree - Erythrina caffra
« Reply #24 on: June 28, 2015, 07:04 AM »
So just a quick update on this Coral tree.

It is mid winter here in South Africa and all the leaves are off the coral tree.

Sorry for the poor pics
« Last Edit: June 28, 2015, 07:10 AM by DorianJF »
 

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Re: Coral Tree - Erythrina caffra
« Reply #25 on: June 28, 2015, 07:35 AM »
Looks good without its leaves Dorian. That powerful base works well with the shallow pot for me.
I wonder how good it will ramify. As I remember they tend to grow rather thick new shoots.
 What soil is it in? How much do you water it?
 

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Re: Coral Tree - Erythrina caffra
« Reply #26 on: June 28, 2015, 08:44 AM »
Interesting tree, the new pot is nice with it, what color are the flowers?  The leaf stems seem long off the branch, is that just the way they grow on this tree?  I'll have to look this one up, never seen it before! 
Thanks for the update.
 

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Re: Coral Tree - Erythrina caffra
« Reply #27 on: June 28, 2015, 11:40 AM »
Thanks FM

The Coral tree does grow thick new shoots but these are very easy to shape with wire and they set quickly.  The problem is that they grow so quickly that if you are not very very careful and watchful, you will leave huge scars in the growth.  I just have it in a bonsai mix that I buy by the bag but I add in loads of stones to create more space for air to pull through the soil.  The nice thing is that I water it once a week now in winter as it needs very little water.  In summer it is daily as the pot is so shallow.  I will put on a layer of moss during spring and summer, just to help with a bit of water retention.

Thanks Judy.  I have included a image of the flowers.  The growth is very quick on this tree and the new growth is long and leggy.  According to my bonsai club, flowers will only grow on new growth.  So one is supposed to let is grow out in spring and summer with no trimming.  Then over winter you have to really cut back on the watering.  Then in the new spring / summer season, one should have it flower.

I did let it grow but now that the leaves were all off, it really did not look nice, so I cut off all the new growth to try and keep the canopy structure.
 

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Re: Coral Tree - Erythrina caffra
« Reply #28 on: June 28, 2015, 12:03 PM »
Those are beautiful flowers! Thanks!
 

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Re: Coral Tree - Erythrina caffra
« Reply #29 on: June 28, 2015, 04:53 PM »
Thanks for the update. This is a very good tree. It also has a pronounced summer and winter look and presentation. Remember to show us the flowers in Spring hey?