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Fruiting and Flowering Bonsai Discussion / Camellia concerns
« Last post by WeeTrees on September 29, 2018, 10:36 AM »
I'm a relatively new bonsai keeper having only started 3 years ago but being disabled, have little capacity to do much work on the trees myself & have to rely on another local enthusiast to help.

I bought this Camellia last Christmas as it was labelled a "bonsai" plant although it was in an 8 inch plant pot at the time.  It flowered within a week of arriving which I was overjoyed at but it was stuck indoors as the weather was so cold I wasn't sure about putting it out after the 'shock' of delivery & environment change etc.  At any rate my bonsai guy decided to repot it into a bonsai pot but ever since it's lost far more leaves than it's ever regrown, and apart from pushing out 2 leaves in July, has sat pretty static otherwise.

With the weather now on the turn to once again being very cold and some of my other bonsai plants having dropped a LOT of leaves suddenly, I'm getting a bit nervous for how this one will survive the upcoming winter.  I appreciate it's highly unlikely to flower this year but would just like some encouragement on how it's likely to do.  Do Camellia's do more growing in the cold perhaps - are they a winter flowering shrub?  It was listed as a Camellia sasanqua .

Tropical Bonsai Discussion / Re: Delonix regia Aka Royal Poinciana
« Last post by l cardwell on August 30, 2018, 05:32 AM »
Hello everyone, I'm Lynn, the new girl on the site, and live in Devon, UK. My passion is tropical trees, favourite Flamboyance.  I have 4 just now, sown 27 April 18 and going like the clappers, sturdy and full of new growth.  Was wondering when is the best time to repot?  Anyone know?  They have been outside all summer when it's been hot (20-27C) now brought into airy glassed-in porch at night, +/- 10C.  When they sleep, I'll keep them pretty dry and cool until spring. I can post pics when I find out how!
Evergreen Bonsai Discussion / Re: Development of a Mugo Pine
« Last post by VanceWood on August 09, 2018, 08:20 PM »
Updates to follow this year hopefully
Actually I started another redesign and a new pot this summer.  I will try to post new photos soon.
Evergreen Bonsai Discussion / Re: Mugo pine dying buds
« Last post by VanceWood on August 09, 2018, 08:17 PM »
I have never found it necessary.  I have had to simply concentrate on keeping the growth toward the center of the tree making grafting unnecessary.  In all honesty I am not very good at grafting and I avoid it at all costs.
General Classified / Greenhouse film for planting bonsai
« Last post by henan-yinfeng on July 23, 2018, 11:19 PM »
Good health, good management. Greenhouse seedling is quite good.

When the temperature of the greenhouse is lower than 6?, no cold injury occurred in one week, and the effect of grafting seedlings to Cucumber Fusarium wilt was generally above 90%, and the total yield is more than 20% compared with the root seedling.

The special multifunctional greenhouse film for flowers is a new product developed for flower production. With long service life, this products use special imported resin, and adds a variety of international well-known brands of light stabilizer, antioxidant, metal passivating agent, and so on. The synergistic effect of anti aging is excellent. It can block some harmful light for flowers growth, inhibit the activity of pests, reduce and delay the infestation of the diseases, such as gray mould disease and sclerotia. The amount of pesticide was used to improve the quality of flowers.
Accent Plant Discussion / Re: Egret flower
« Last post by henan-yinfeng on July 23, 2018, 10:41 PM »
Very cool, beautiful. Do you know how about its planting environment?

I want to plant in my garden.
General Bonsai Discussion / Tips needed with my Acacia Burkei
« Last post by Stella24 on July 02, 2018, 09:33 AM »
Hi there,

So I am just starting out. got my 1st tree Dec 2017 (a juniper) and now got this black monkey thorn over the weekend from a nursery.
this is a very small tree (total height about the same as my hand) and 5 years old.

Curious to hear some tips on what to do with this tree.
I'm torn between keeping it this small, or maybe letting it get bigger to maybe twice the height - thus getting it into a much bigger pot to just get it growing
White Pine Bonsai Discussion / Re: Learning about Japanese White Pine
« Last post by tanlu on June 30, 2018, 03:32 PM »
Quick update:

It was successfully repotted that September. This wasn't a "slip-pot", but rather a thorough removal of dead roots and replacing garden center soil with an inorganic bonsai mix. I responded with healthy new growth the following spring but sadly died later that year due to my untimely wiring in late August - the loose cambium separated from the heartwood.

I now, however, have 2 JWP in the ground at my parents' upstate NY home and two recently purchased seedlings in plastic pots with me in MD - all are base species on their own roots, not cultivars.

The 2 growing in the ground were also previously in plastic pots. I found they did better in regular plastic pots than those that were growing in colanders, which I suspect had to do with the colanders being less stable on windy days than the flatter, broader bottomed pots. Also, the JWP in the colanders all died when being transplanted into the ground, this was done in autumn, so I cannot make a general recommendation for repotting JWPs then. The main cause of their demise is still unclear. The 2 JWP that were in plastic pots and were successfully transplanted (in early spring) in the ground are root pruned every 3-4 years. 

 recently relearned from Julian Adams (owner of Adams' Bonsai) the utmost importance of keeping JWP very stable in their pots. "Keep them thinking their in the ground," he said. JWP will grow poorly when their roots are disturbed by even the slightest rattle of the pot caused by wind, over-handling, and/or loosely anchored roots.
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