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Re: Wild Pride of India - Galpinia transvaalica
« Reply #15 on: October 23, 2015, 05:32 AM »
The larger of the 2 is now not being very accommodating to having the new growth being wired.

Whilst the new growth bends easily enough when it is very new, it is the area where the growth starts that is the problem.  The new growth breaks off very easily from the old wood with even the slightest movement.

I tried to wire 3 branches and had 2 of them break off on me.

I decided to leave it for a week or 2 but that created another problem.  The new growth hardens off much quicker on this one and the branches become brittle.  I wired 2 branches yesterday and both of them cracked on me.

The up side on this is that there is loads of new growth still happening so there are plenty of new branches to pick and choose from.

 

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Re: Wild Pride of India - Galpinia transvaalica
« Reply #16 on: March 02, 2016, 06:39 AM »
So it turns out that I got both species incorrect and that they are infact  Lagerstroemia indica which is just a normal pride of India.

That being said, I am still enjoying growing them.

The larger of the 2 has been moved to one side to grow totally uninterrupted till mid winter when all the leaves fall off and I can cut back on it.  That way I will be able to see the growth and if it is worth to continue to pursue trying to bonsai it or just leave it as a bush in a pot.

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Re: Wild Pride of India - Galpinia transvaalica
« Reply #17 on: March 02, 2016, 06:47 AM »
The smaller of the two is much more successful and growing like mad.

It has recently started to bud as it is that time of the year that they bud and flower (Late Summer, early Autumn).  But it had bloomed earlier this year so I decided to partially cut it back now.  Then in winter, I will be able to have a look at the branches that have grown over the last few months and start to decide on what needs to be removed and what can stay.

 

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Re: Wild Pride of India - Galpinia transvaalica
« Reply #18 on: March 02, 2016, 08:26 AM »
So, earlier I'd asked about the WPI ...and you asked if I could get my hands on any.  Knowing that they are Lagerstroemia indica, what we know as Crape Myrtle, I can tell you that, yes, I can get my hands on them.  I've got 2 and several more in my yard.  They're very vigorous, particularly in the heat, ...but do best in full sun which I have little of.
 

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Re: Wild Pride of India - Galpinia transvaalica
« Reply #19 on: March 02, 2016, 08:49 AM »
Good that you can get your hands on them.

The joys of Facebook.  One of the people who follow my FB page alerted me to the fact that they are not Wild pride of India but actually Normal pride of India.

Definitely have to agree that they love full sun.  I have loads of that albeit that I am running out of space in my garden so it can get full sun.  The space is taken up my many more trees that also love full sun.

I will have to reposition some trees.
 

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Re: Wild Pride of India - Galpinia transvaalica
« Reply #20 on: September 19, 2016, 02:27 AM »
It has been quite a while since I updated this post.

I have decided to give up on the larger of the 2 Pride of India's for now as I really have too much on my plate to handle another tree.

The smaller of the 2 though is doing very well.  It survive the winter and had some great autumn foliage.

After winter, I cut back many of the smaller fine branches and decided to find a better pot for the tree.  After taking it to our bonsai club meeting, I found a beautiful small pot that I believe works fantastically with the tree and repotted it.

It was quite a tight squeeze to get it in but after I did, it really looked great.  I then removed one of the larger branches from the front as it was blocking off some of the back branches.  I wired 2 of the branches on the left to improve the overall flow of the tree.
 

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Re: Wild Pride of India - Galpinia transvaalica
« Reply #21 on: September 19, 2016, 02:31 AM »
I decided to get some moss onto the tree as it has been cooler the last few days instead of the incredibly heat we have been having and that will help the moss settle slightly.

I will have to watch it though so that the moss does not dry out.
 

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Re: Wild Pride of India - Galpinia transvaalica
« Reply #22 on: September 19, 2016, 03:56 AM »
Exactly 1 yr and 2 months apart
 

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Re: Wild Pride of India - Galpinia transvaalica
« Reply #23 on: October 17, 2016, 06:31 PM »
Nice, I like the "bag pot" rectangle, not sure if that is the ''correct'' name for that style, but it is a feminine pot, and suites the tree well. The moss makes it look well settled in. Nice.
 

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Re: Wild Pride of India - Galpinia transvaalica
« Reply #24 on: October 18, 2016, 02:14 AM »
Thanks so much Leo

Appreciate it