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Re: Confusion sets in
« Reply #15 on: March 29, 2010, 07:16 PM »
Just wanted to add some input on something higher up in this thread regarding timing of trunk chops.

Brent does do all his major pruning of JBP at the end of June or beginning of July, including trunk chops.  Seems to work really well.  I have a video of us doing some of that work up on youtube, here it is.

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Re: Confusion sets in
« Reply #16 on: March 30, 2010, 08:31 AM »
First off:  there are too many Johns in bonsai.

Did either of you ever get pictures?  Of grafts?


I'm a Jr.  Just imagine if my father had been involved in bonsai how confusing that would have been.

I need to schedule another trip out there, when it's most convenient for his schedule.  So, if John Kirby wouldn't mind I could take a few pictures to post.  Anything in particular?  I'm thinking a close up of the (now) large branch graft on the tree posted here?
 

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Re: Confusion sets in
« Reply #17 on: June 22, 2010, 09:03 AM »
I've never really felt good about the vigor of this tree.  See the pictures below.

Its watered regularly, in good soil, plenty of sunlight and plenty of fertilizer.  After losing some good trees last year to what I (we?) believe to be fungal diseases I've treated my pines w/ Daconil (and more recently Spectracide 3-in-1 fungicide, insecticide, and fertilizer).  You will see that some of the old needles are miscolored as a (likely) result of fungal issues from last year.

It hasn't grown very strongly this year.  I'm not sure theres been any candle growth, but I can double check that.

I didn't repot it this winter because the soil its in (akadama, pumice, lava, ...and I don't think anything else) is pretty good.  I wanted it to regain vigor so I didn't repot.

What am I doing wrong?  What can I do now?
 

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Re: Confusion sets in
« Reply #18 on: June 22, 2010, 09:05 AM »
a few more:
 

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Re: Confusion sets in
« Reply #19 on: June 22, 2010, 02:54 PM »
In another post I see a member recommends a mild bleach/water solution to kill moss. 

Is the existence of moss (and requisite moisture) what is affecting my tree?  Would any harm come from me spraying w/ bleach-water?  Any other solutions to the moss problem?
 

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Re: Confusion sets in
« Reply #20 on: June 22, 2010, 03:37 PM »
Believe it or not, I don't think that this tree will get stronger until it is repotted. Don't do anything other than spray, feed and water this tree. John
 

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Re: Confusion sets in
« Reply #21 on: June 24, 2010, 11:17 AM »
In another post I see a member recommends a mild bleach/water solution to kill moss. 

Is the existence of moss (and requisite moisture) what is affecting my tree?  Would any harm come from me spraying w/ bleach-water?  Any other solutions to the moss problem?

I believe applying white vinegar directly to the moss with a paint brush should kill it.  I forget where I received this information, but I tried it last year and it worked.  After a few days the moss will turn yellow brown.
 

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Re: Confusion sets in
« Reply #22 on: June 27, 2010, 01:57 AM »
looking from the picture, i think, the old soil around the core of the root near the trunk, is the problem.  it is very different from the new soil.  it stay wet a long time.  i think combing out the top soil out about 1 inch deep.  using bent tweezers to comb it out from the center of the trunk.  this will get rid of some old soil and fertilizer.  do not over water. 
 

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Re: Confusion sets in
« Reply #23 on: July 01, 2010, 10:41 AM »
Boon, I've been attending to some family emergencies lately so I somehow managed to miss your comment.

Thank you for your response.  I've moved it from my automated watering system.  Its in full sun.  I make sure to water AWAY from the trunk, and its got good air flow around it.

Is the removal of that soil safe to do now?  Will it still be ok to repot in the spring?  Be honest: what do you think its chances are?


Again, thanks for your advice.
 

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Re: Confusion sets in
« Reply #24 on: July 08, 2010, 11:41 AM »
Wayne, use tweezers or chopstick and do it now. Replace with good mix, repot when you can. John
 

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Re: Confusion sets in
« Reply #25 on: July 08, 2010, 12:42 PM »
Thanks for the help.  I won't be needing any more with this one.   :(