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General Bonsai Discussion / Re: Juniper sap issue
« Last post by Bilt85 on September 21, 2017, 04:55 PM »
Thanks for the replies.

I put some insect treatment which seems to have worked as the leaves like there is a lot less sap on them.

 I haven't done any pruning and I won't until next year as it was heavily cut back in April as it was a nursery plant to begin with. The leaf colour was dark to begin with but it's turned lighter an more blue with time. It appears to be in good health, plus the cuttings I took off it have taken.

 Any advice on pruning in April? As Geoff says it needs styling, some has been done when it was cut back but it needs a lot more work yet.


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General Bonsai Discussion / Let me Introduce Myself
« Last post by Jay on September 15, 2017, 07:07 AM »
Hi everyone. It has been a while since we had introductions....
I have been on this site for several years. I live in Northern Vermont but spend the summers in the Adirondack mountains with my trees. Unfortunately when in the mountains I can not get good internet service and choose to stay off line. I have returned to Vermont and will try and visit this site regularly.

I have been 'doing' Bonsai since 1998, started a year or two prior to retirement. I have a mix of established trees and trees years away from looking right. Yes, it takes years.... I've learned there is no replacement for time.

When I visit this site and see the new members it gives me hope that we will return to an active discussion board.
Please.....Please if you haven't yet go to the Profile Section and fill in as much info as you feel comfortable with. It nice to know, and helpful in talking to you if we know where you are. USDA Zones are great but also it helps to know the general area you live in. Northern Vermont gives a better picture than zone 3 or 4 would.
Just my 2 cents...
Jay
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General Bonsai Discussion / Re: Juniper sap issue
« Last post by Jay on September 15, 2017, 06:50 AM »
Please listen to Leo. DO NOT do any pruning or even styling till you return this tree to health.
Bonsai is not a quick endever... Patience is your most important tool.
Good luck
Jay
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General Bonsai Discussion / Re: Started as a joke, but it's getting big!
« Last post by wraenking on September 11, 2017, 12:18 PM »
Great input. Thanks so much!

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General Bonsai Discussion / Re: Juniper sap issue
« Last post by geoffhobson on September 11, 2017, 07:05 AM »
Sap on leaves sounds like insects, have you checked under as well as on top? are there ants about? A sure sign of insects.
It does look poor and in need of serious pruning and styling.
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General Bonsai Discussion / Re: Juniper sap issue
« Last post by Leo in NE Illinois on September 10, 2017, 05:40 PM »
In addition, I would recommend no pruning. The color of your foliage is off, you need to nurse the tree back to health, before pruning anything. Pruning stresses a tree, right now your tree needs its strength to recover from what ever it is struggling with.

If when styling it was pruned and repotted, it may need until next year to recover from all that work. Once you see new growth on most of the branches, you will then know it has recovered, whether that take a month or a year the tree will tell you with the color change and new growth .
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General Bonsai Discussion / Re: Juniper sap issue
« Last post by Leo in NE Illinois on September 10, 2017, 05:32 PM »
can't really tell from the photo. Color of your leaves does not seem right, a bit off.

First ''do no harm'', don't go crazy trying all kinds of stuff. Just continue to give consistent care. Many trees resolve their own issues with good consistent care.

You might hit the foliage with an insecticidal soap solution. Safer's and other similar brands, spray every 3 or 4 days for a couple weeks. Insecticidal soaps work partly by mechanically washing the bugs off the leaves. and second by the soap affecting the insect's cuticle of its exoskeleton, causing them to dehydrate. Generally Insecticidal soaps are harmless to most species of plants, except ferns, do not use on ferns.

Other than that I would work at getting a good image of the actual pest, before recommending anything stronger.
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General Bonsai Discussion / Re: Started as a joke, but it's getting big!
« Last post by Leo in NE Illinois on September 10, 2017, 05:23 PM »
Albizia can work as bonsai, Spongeman was giving you the ''straight poop'', it is not an ''easy'' tree to do well because it needs full sun and does indeed drop branches easily. Spongeman has a number of Albizia bonsai, he is sharing hands on experience.

 It is possible to grow a great many trees under lights, but trees that need full sun are difficult. Visit your local ''Brew & Grow'', or Hydroponics shop to see grow light systems in operation. You can then order on line once you know what light system you want. A tree that needs full sun wants as much light as a marijuana crop or a tomato plant. Grow shops will often use pepper plants as a stand in for marijuana as they need about the same light.

Your plant is a young seedling, as such can get by on slightly lower light, but will eventually get weaker and weaker and die if it does not get sufficient sunlight. As they age they need more light.

I suggest you try again with different species. that require shade, or partial sun, rather than a species that needs full sun.

For shade, indoors, probably the most adaptable is Ficus. Also Serissa, Bryna, and maybe a few others. Meehan's Miniatures has starter material at modest prices. Check for their indoor shade listings.
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General Bonsai Discussion / Re: Pest identification?
« Last post by geoffhobson on August 27, 2017, 06:50 AM »
The plant in the picture is not Chinese Elm.
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General Bonsai Discussion / Re: Started as a joke, but it's getting big!
« Last post by wraenking on August 24, 2017, 01:24 PM »
I appreciate all of the feedback. Within the last week i started getting new growth on the lower portion of the trunk. It is the first time it has ever happened. I will read up on how to chop the top and how to prune the roots.  I will also get a larger pot. (I assumed you would want a smaller pot if trying to grow bonsai). Any other pointers would be appreciated. I cannot plant it outside and would like to try to keep it in my office. Pic below of new growth



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