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General Category => General Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: SHIMA1 on November 12, 2014, 02:22 AM

Title: Ground layers
Post by: SHIMA1 on November 12, 2014, 02:22 AM
Here are some examples of ground-layered Metrosideros polymorpha, (Ohi'a lehua) growing in cracks of smooth lava (pahoehoe). Hot and windy with only about 5" of rain per year, the approximate age is measured at 100 years per caliper inch.

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Title: Re: Ground layers
Post by: Bonsai Study Group Admin on November 16, 2014, 06:54 PM
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Title: Re: Ground layers
Post by: BonsaiEngineer1493 on November 16, 2014, 07:10 PM
impressive roots! How did you conduct the ground layers?
Title: Re: Ground layers
Post by: SHIMA1 on November 17, 2014, 12:38 AM
impressive roots! How did you conduct the ground layers?
The story was in your original post "Introduction to ground layer" http://www.marinbonsai.org/images/pdf/June2011_MBC_Newsletter.pdf, (http://www.marinbonsai.org/images/pdf/June2011_MBC_Newsletter.pdf,)  met with underwhelming response,  ;D which I can't blame you for not wading through so here's an excerpt:
Bruce collects these trees by ground
layering.
This is the same thing as air layering, but
at ground level.
So he gets down on his belly, right
on the rough pahoehoe lava, and does the surgery.
He paints the cut with „Dip N Gr
ow?, a rooting
hormone.
At this point, a heavy foil is laid around
the base.
This is packed with sphagnum moss and
Hydrosorb, which keeps the moss moist.
Then this
is wrapped in more foil and then Bruce creates a
berm made of lava rocks, wood, sand, any
thing
Bruce can find.
None of the shiny foil can show or
the Nene goose (state bird of Hawai?i) will peck at it.
Every two weeks or so, Bruce visits his potential
bonsais and opens the top of the foil and waters the
moss.
When roots begin to mature he
feeds them
with a weak fertilizer/humic solution.
After 3 to 5
months Bruce saws the trunk off at ground level and
holds it up with great satisfaction.
He then brings
his new tree home, plops it in a pot and the
ohi`a
begins its life as a bonsai.
Title: Re: Ground layers
Post by: DorianJF on November 17, 2014, 01:47 AM
That is amazing

Well done
Title: Re: Ground layers
Post by: Jason E on November 17, 2014, 08:44 AM
 Awesome, Very Nice Trees! Cool to see deciduous ? w/ so much age apparent.

 
Title: Re: Ground layers
Post by: fredman on November 17, 2014, 09:47 PM
Wow that's impressive trunks.  :)
Title: Re: Ground layers
Post by: Leo in NE Illinois on November 18, 2014, 12:25 PM
Fabulous, really love the thick trunks and furrowed rough bark.