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Wild Pride of India - Galpinia transvaalica
« on: July 10, 2015, 03:46 AM »
So I went to visit my father over the last weekend and I took back 2 of his bonsai that I had cleaned up and re-potted for him as he has been really busy.

He told me that he had 2x Wild Pride of India plants in big pots that have not really been growing as planned because of where they were situated.  He asked me if I would like to see if I could bonsai them as it is a very rewarding species as a bonsai subject in South Africa.

So eager to see what I could do, I decided to load them in the car and bring them back home.  First problem I had was to cut one of them back to fit into the back of the small Toyota.  After a quick Google search I found that it does break back extremely well on hard wood so out came the shears and off went the ends.

Both were loaded into the back of the car and brought home.

I believe that both will have to be grown as clump style bonsai.  

Both will have a severe cut back in August and then I will leave them to rest and start shooting out new shoots before re-potting in beginning October.

The smaller of the 2 will have to be straightened up as it had been growing under a bush and all the growth was to the light so I may even re-pot that earlier.

Lets see how this progresses.

« Last Edit: July 10, 2015, 03:51 AM by DorianJF »
 

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Re: Wild Pride of India - Galpinia transvaalica
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2015, 10:09 AM »
Very nice species to work with Dorian :)

I have a monster with killer trunk movement that i trunk chopped last year spring, it grew very well and will do some wiring in the next couple of weeks, will post before and after pics

attached pics are a day after the trunk chop

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Re: Wild Pride of India - Galpinia transvaalica
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2015, 10:44 AM »
Wow Herman

Yes you are right,  those are monster trunks.

Keep us updated.
 

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Re: Wild Pride of India - Galpinia transvaalica
« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2015, 10:47 AM »
one tree bru ;)
 

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Re: Wild Pride of India - Galpinia transvaalica
« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2015, 10:49 AM »
 ;D
 

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Re: Wild Pride of India - Galpinia transvaalica
« Reply #5 on: July 15, 2015, 10:49 AM »
soz I've been gone for so long, i had three big projects to finish at the same time... ai the life of a software developer
 

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Re: Wild Pride of India - Galpinia transvaalica
« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2015, 02:27 AM »
Good to have you back.

Its so terrible that work gets in the way of bonsai.
 

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Re: Wild Pride of India - Galpinia transvaalica
« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2015, 01:31 PM »
Besides their ability to trunk up, what makes them "a very rewarding species as a bonsai subject"?
 

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Re: Wild Pride of India - Galpinia transvaalica
« Reply #8 on: August 04, 2015, 02:43 AM »
Besides their ability to trunk up, what makes them "a very rewarding species as a bonsai subject"?
They break back very well on hard wood and because it is such a vigorous grower, you get branch ramification that develops very quickly.

It can also withstand heavy root pruning and if one nips the leaves frequently, it will reduce the leave size considerably and quite quickly.
 

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Re: Wild Pride of India - Galpinia transvaalica
« Reply #9 on: August 13, 2015, 08:04 AM »

so if I had to rack up a list of Pros
- They develop nebari that looks like maple nebari only they do it faster
- They are vigorous and grow quickly so goals are achieved faster
- very nice fall color, orange red and yellow hues(though the fall color only in colder regions)
- because of it's vigorous nature you can achieve a nice trunk in a fairly short time
- leaves reduce well
- adapts well to any soil, i've seen them flourishing in mixes that would make you get a heart attack for the tree's sake
- They seem to enjoy living in the small pots we plant them into :)
- branches set quickly when wired
- it really does not mind being cut back very hard :) even very old branches still bud when cut back hard
- can be grown indoors and out

its a very versatile plant 

besides us singing only praises for this species it has some down sides as well...
the branches are a bit brittle and it becomes worse as they mature, it does not have amazing bark, I still have to see how fine the branches and branching can become when ramification is formed...still not convinced they will become super fine
 
Can you get your hands on one Wayne?

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Re: Wild Pride of India - Galpinia transvaalica
« Reply #10 on: August 19, 2015, 04:09 PM »
Can you get your hands on one Wayne?

I've never seen one, so that's why I asked.
 

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Re: Wild Pride of India - Galpinia transvaalica
« Reply #11 on: August 24, 2015, 09:50 AM »
So I did a hard cut back on both the WPI.

The smaller of the 2 has started to throw new shoots all over the place. 
 

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Re: Wild Pride of India - Galpinia transvaalica
« Reply #12 on: August 25, 2015, 04:58 AM »
Sweet Dude, Glad to give info  ;D

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Re: Wild Pride of India - Galpinia transvaalica
« Reply #13 on: September 03, 2015, 07:41 AM »
So now both the WPI have gone into overdrive.

Have to re-pot the smallest one and start working on the branch structure.
 

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Re: Wild Pride of India - Galpinia transvaalica
« Reply #14 on: October 23, 2015, 05:26 AM »
Update on the WPI

The smaller of the 2 has been wired and is growing like mad.  It is incredibly lush and very happy.  The new growth has been very easy to wire and bend and I believe that I am moving in the right direction with it.