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Grog

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Re: Tell me about your bonsai projects!
« Reply #15 on: June 04, 2011, 01:48 AM »
My main project for the year is planting out some juniper liners, hedge maple seedlings, and ginko seedlings.  I have the ground marked off and just need to till it.  I've cut up a bunch of 1' chunks of 1x12 to put underneath.  I've been wanting to get it done for the past couple weeks but things keep coming up.  Doesn't look like the Missouri flooding is going to make my plans come along any faster either unfortunately. 
 

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Re: Tell me about your bonsai projects!
« Reply #16 on: June 05, 2011, 07:48 AM »
For me 2011 is all about forests/clumps/groups.  Wish I had started years ago.

For this year it is a sinuous root larch clump from a workshop with David Easterbrook, another larch group started with Pauline Muth, and a year-old sapling forest of trident maples from Bill Valavanis. These are all early stage projects but I am enjoying working with them.

Thanks for asking!   ;D

Tom
 

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Re: Tell me about your bonsai projects!
« Reply #17 on: June 15, 2011, 11:27 AM »
I have also been repotting all my Bonsai into better soil.   I live in the Pacific Northwest and leave my trees outside for the winter. I am very tired of the expensive pots cracking over the winter. Are there better pots out there that aren't prone to cracking?
 

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Re: Tell me about your bonsai projects!
« Reply #18 on: June 15, 2011, 02:32 PM »
Depends on the pot. The pots I've had crack and flake over the winter are usually Chinese pots --even some of the more expensive, better quality Chinese pots. I've not had a problem with higher end Japanese tokoname pots, though. Likewise ANY of the high fired pots by American or British potters who fire above cone 8. Albright, Lenz, Lang, Heinzlereiter, Krebs, Cochoy, and many other notable Western bonsai potters make pots that can withstand the deep freeze treatment.

I also think frost and freeze damage to pots can result from how they are stored outside and also to their shapes. I store all my bonsai under six to eight inches of pine bark mulch in the winter in the back yard. This prevents sudden changes in temperature and from the worst of the cold--we regularly get temps well below 20 F, sometimes into the single digits and even below.

The shape of a pot can also contribute to damage, especially if the rim of the pot has a curve that goes over the rootmass. The incurved lip can prevent freezing soil from expanding upward out of the pot. That pressure can crack them.

The solution is if you have expensive pots that you want to be absolutely safe from freezing, take the tree out of it, store them separately, with the pot indoors and the tree undercover outside.
 

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Re: Tell me about your bonsai projects!
« Reply #19 on: July 13, 2011, 12:52 AM »
What a great thread!  I'm sorry I missed it last month.  My projects for spring early summer included:
-getting a bunch of 2-3" Nishiki Matsu into reasonable pots
-a large 7 tree field grown bald cypress forest
-trunk chop and initial branch selection on a 3"+ trunk palmatum
-15 twisted itoigawa and Kishu, Gremel/pseudo yam style
-2 Amur forest
- trunk chop and Shari on a big chuhin San Josr
-15 Kaede draped over prime ibigawa(mediocre as suiseki, nice as ROR)
-repot and root line development on a raft "sArgent" the nursery variety)
-12 layers of garden and big box store trees
-initial wiring and shaping of several shohin Kaede
-pots, pots, and more pots!
-and a partridge in my pear tree...
(sorry)
 

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Re: Tell me about your bonsai projects!
« Reply #20 on: July 13, 2011, 01:43 AM »
Just to clarify, that was 2-3" trunk shohin Nishiki Matsu!
 

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Re: Tell me about your bonsai projects!
« Reply #21 on: July 13, 2011, 08:43 AM »
What a great thread!  I'm sorry I missed it last month.  My projects for spring early summer included:
-getting a bunch of 2-3" Nishiki Matsu into reasonable pots
-a large 7 tree field grown bald cypress forest
-trunk chop and initial branch selection on a 3"+ trunk palmatum
-15 twisted itoigawa and Kishu, Gremel/pseudo yam style
-2 Amur forest
- trunk chop and Shari on a big chuhin San Josr
-15 Kaede draped over prime ibigawa(mediocre as suiseki, nice as ROR)
-repot and root line development on a raft "sArgent" the nursery variety)
-12 layers of garden and big box store trees
-initial wiring and shaping of several shohin Kaede
-pots, pots, and more pots!
-and a partridge in my pear tree...
(sorry)

Wow!  Get some photos and make sure you post 'em.  I'm interested to see what those projects end up looking like.