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Tell me about your bonsai projects!
« on: June 01, 2011, 09:53 PM »
So, what projects have you started this year?  Or, what projects do you plan on starting this year?
 

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Re: Tell me about your bonsai projects!
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2011, 01:06 PM »
Here's my list of projects

Sumo Corkbark elm - almost done but need to select container
Mini Juniper forest - Started wiring gallon can material for initial training
Weeping bottle brush
Natural design California pepper tree
Natural design Cork Bark elm
Sugar maple landscape
Natural landscape - Chickasaw plum
old Seiju elm - African savana design
mini sumo Amur maple
Gleditsia triacanthos - scouted out trees, training in ground
American Bittersweet - Literati
Ilex decidua - planning phase

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« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2011, 01:54 PM »
I'll try to remember to post an update on JBP Project - Exposed Root tonight.  I've also got a few other projects I should probably document as well.
 

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« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2011, 02:23 PM »
I've been covered up with other projects/issues such that I've not been able to tend to my trees like I should.  I let the tree in this thread get out of hand and there was a lot of browning and weak growth on the bottom.  At study group this weekend I got it back into manageable condition.  I'll try to get pics up soon and maybe even a little wire on it.
 

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Re: Tell me about your bonsai projects!
« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2011, 02:54 PM »
Most excited about starting a bunch of pines from collected seed.  JPB, Scotts, Eastern White and Mugho. 

Also have a bunch of trees that have been ground grown for the last few years and will be ready to lift in spring.

 

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« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2011, 03:52 PM »
Got a bald cypress forest planting started this spring, and acquired a nice buttonwood from a guy on ebay for a very reasonable price. I got really excited when I saw one in Naka's Bonsai Tech. 2 that looked almost just like it as far as the trunk and branch structure is concerned. Here's the pic. Sorry for the background. I've already lost the pocket branch on the right and its growing very well. Will lime sulphur this year and leave it alone till next year to see what I've got to work with. He's got lots of other really interesting ones if anyone is interested I'll give you his email.
I've got a large deodar cedar I bought for $30. Even if it doesn't turn out as nice as I am hoping, it was $30 because it had some top growth that had died back. The others of the same size were $200 so was worth it even if it ends up in my yard.
 
 

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« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2011, 06:43 PM »
I've been focusing on getting all of my stuff into reasonable soil.  I don't have anything anywhere near "show-quality", but I do have a lot of plants, including a few trees with (I think) some potential.  Before this spring, everything was in murky potting soil.  One by one I'm fixing that.   Plenty of pruning and some wiring as well, but transitioning to real soil has been the one overarching project.
 

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Re: Tell me about your bonsai projects!
« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2011, 09:10 PM »
I've got a large deodar cedar I bought for $30. Even if it doesn't turn out as nice as I am hoping, it was $30 because it had some top growth that had died back. The others of the same size were $200 so was worth it even if it ends up in my yard.

I think you'll enjoy working on that deodar cedar.  I have 2 project trees that I've been working with, one for about 4 years and one that I will start this year.  They can be a bit tricky until you figure out the foliage pruning but after that they are nice to work with. 

Randy
 

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« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2011, 10:51 PM »
I am creating a Tanuki with several Casuarina I have grown from seed. Will be attaching them to the dead stump of a Diosma from the garden.
Also will be lifting a Trident maple from the garden after 3 years ground growing.
I will replace it with another Trident to go in the ground, as well as some Japanese Maples from seed. Also going into the ground is a eucalypt or 2 along with several other Aussie natives to be grown on for future use.

Ken
 

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« Reply #9 on: June 03, 2011, 01:39 AM »
Also going into the ground is a eucalypt or 2 along with several other Aussie natives to be grown on for future use.

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Ken,

What kind of Eucalyptus are you going to plant?  I'd love to try my hand at a few but they are impossible to find here in the Central US.  I've seen E. nicholii used to great effect but I've always wanted to try E. ficifolia, E. citraodra and E. puchella.  Maybe on some future trip to southern CA I might be able to find some to bring home and try.  Good luck with yours and keep us informed of how it goes for you.

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« Reply #10 on: June 03, 2011, 05:44 AM »
Randy, check with Flo Chaffin at Specialty Ornamentals in Georgia and David at Camellia Forest in Chapel Hill.  They may have them.  Both nurseries are worth anyone checking out; especially Camellia Forest as they have tons of bonsai worthy plants that are hard to find like Ume, camellia, etc.  Camellia Forest is mail order mainly and Flo would probably mail to you. 
 

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« Reply #11 on: June 03, 2011, 08:38 AM »
Also going into the ground is a eucalypt or 2 along with several other Aussie natives to be grown on for future use.

Ken

Ken,

What kind of Eucalyptus are you going to plant?  I'd love to try my hand at a few but they are impossible to find here in the Central US.  I've seen E. nicholii used to great effect but I've always wanted to try E. ficifolia, E. citraodra and E. puchella.  Maybe on some future trip to southern CA I might be able to find some to bring home and try.  Good luck with yours and keep us informed of how it goes for you.

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Hi Randy
i do not know what species they are as thy are self sown from large trees in the yard. I hope to identify them this year.

These are used in Oz E. ficifolia, E. citraodra, sucessfully as well as E. Camaldulensis, but have not heard of E. puchella.
I have tried E. Parramattensis and Sideroxylon Rosea, but both failed when I dug them from my garden. I will have to try them again now I know what I am doing.

the other species I am ground growing is Callistimon, Babbintonia and Banksia.

there is Quite a large movement her in using Aussie natives for Bonsai so hope you guys get to see lots more over the next few years :-)


 

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« Reply #12 on: June 03, 2011, 09:58 AM »
Seems like we always have a list of projects, right?  This spring I put 40 oak seedlings in the ground, tap roots cut and remaining roots spread out on a ceramic tile. They all leafed out, BTW, but with the currant drought conditions, no sure of the growth rate. Am also working with 40 Bald cypress seedlings. I also have a natal plum that I air layered about 7 years ago, that only developed roots on one side. I am contemplating mating a rock along the base to cover it. I also have a black olive, possibly my favorite tree, that has a nasty knee root. I am thinking about filling it in with a cement mixture, to look as if the root is growing over a rock. Will probably use ceramic tile grout, that comes in many colors, one no doubt would match the pot color. I also have several 8 year old Texas Ebony that I'm gradually putting in bonsai pots. And in my spare time  -------  ha !  Larry
 

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Re: Tell me about your bonsai projects!
« Reply #13 on: June 03, 2011, 10:03 AM »
I've got a large deodar cedar I bought for $30. Even if it doesn't turn out as nice as I am hoping, it was $30 because it had some top growth that had died back. The others of the same size were $200 so was worth it even if it ends up in my yard.

I think you'll enjoy working on that deodar cedar.  I have 2 project trees that I've been working with, one for about 4 years and one that I will start this year.  They can be a bit tricky until you figure out the foliage pruning but after that they are nice to work with. 

Randy

Yes, the cedars are really great. I've heard many say the needles on deodars are too long, but they aren't nearly as long as my black pines and the seem to reduce fairly well, and I love the bluish hue of the needles. I also like that they backbud so well compared to the pines.  These trees are so drought and heat tolerant too. Very good thing here in TX!
 

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« Reply #14 on: June 03, 2011, 09:48 PM »
It's nice to see everbody has a work in progress.  It would be very nice to see some pic's of   projects nearing completion from others and get an idea of what went into it and then follow it here as time pass's by.  I don't know about you all but I do like to get others ideas as food for thought.  how about it?  I'll document my current project nearing completion sometime next year if others will do it too!

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