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To Owen - thanks
« on: December 28, 2013, 08:13 PM »

I wanted you to see that we can grow at least the Trident maple down here.
This was brought out as a whip from the UK, in 94, but because no one really knew of the soil mix [ it was too wet,]
it died in 2010 or so.
Using a refridgerator.

Second image for you to see the size of the trunk.

Normally, the idea is to grow until health is constantly achieved.
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Re: To Owen - thanks
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2013, 07:40 PM »
Just out of curiosity, how many plants in training do you have?  You've mentioned before that beginners are encouraged to grow a few hundred plants.  That is true devotion to put a tree in the fridge..... 


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Re: To Owen - thanks
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2013, 05:50 AM »

I started out in bonsai, because my brother-in-law whose house is next door and we have a joint gate, had these fascinating trees. Now when he is away, I water and tend to his trees, and since my yard has no proper amount of light and I had family responsibilities,when I go abroad for long periods he takes over the tending etc.
However, he does the training, he is a Fine Artist, and I am have not an artistic bone  in my body.

He used to live in the US and when he returned home he collected Celtis and Swamp Cypress from the back yard [ Lafayette,La.], bought mail order plants and gifts of trees given by folk.
He was about 19 and had started trying to do Bonsai around 17/18 years in Trinidad.
He then went on to further train in Florence,Italy for 3 years, and grew zelkova, mugho, cedar of Lebanon, pomegranate and so on.

The maid did the watering back then for him and placing the trees that needed it into the refrigerator.

With the shortening of days on this island and our mild climate, we are presently at just above 80 deg.F from somewhere about 10 a.m to 2 p.m and the rest of the day low 70's down to 69 as the lowest.
The trees go dormant, dropping leaves but no display like autumn on your side.
They enter the fridge around the last week of January and come out in April 1st.
They are checked every two weeks in the evening for watering.

This has been going on since 1980 or so.
Have lost 1 Celtis, I will drop you an image later, and the Maple shown here.
But of the 3 Celtis, due to root regeneration, there are now 6 or so.
The one that died, was showing signs of needing no refrigeration, and a root survived and is also exhibiting the same signs.

My brother-in-law as a Multiple Figurative Imaginative painter [ a title given by you folk, not his ] is given to research.
So being experimental by nature, has explored sub-tropicals, and presently [on-going ] local trees.

There are probably 20 to 25 trees that could be called bonsai, mostly from seed, and many,many more that are experiments.

Please note, bonsai in his garden are grown for relaxtion and personal enjoyment, not for showing. All of the trees are in the backyard and the property is surrounded by bamboo hedging.

I thought it would be good for you to keep seeing what is going on down here, since you mentioned that you would like to instruct in the more Tropical zones. Get you familiar, and make it easier to adapt or alter the Japanese techniques.

We are planning a 10 x 10 x 10' cold room for trees that need cooler climates, and have a top temperature closer to under 86 deg.F He is missing his cedar of Lebanon, and Mugho - chuckle.
So in time there will also be Japanese White pine, cryptomeria and so on.
Since we are both science trained, power is to be solar and anything else we need.
Anyhow, as I find a few more image, I can post for you.
Good Day

Here is Maclura tinctoria [ called Fustic - heartwood is very yellow and used for dyeing ]
It is twiggy, has zelkova shaped leaves, able to shrink. A member of the Ficus family, hence the milky sap.
Apart from the small thorns, it could be a zelkova.
This is what we hope will become one of our refined trees to give to the Bonsai world.

Got tired of the idea that the Tropics just has rubbery trees, lacking branchlets and just a ficus world.

It also goes dormant and the leaves will turn bright yellow, but not all at once, so far.
We also have a tree with leaves that turn red, and fall for Christmas, and stays like that for 4 to 5 months winterrrrrrr, but it is too soon...............