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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
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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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General Bonsai Discussion / Re: Biochar recommendation
« Last post by TreeWig1 on May 16, 2018, 04:09 PM »
Check out Millers Soil (google). They carry Biochar and also hold a patent on the process of making Biochar.
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General Bonsai Discussion / Re: Hi all in this awesome community!
« Last post by chconn on May 01, 2018, 11:09 PM »
I agree, been at it for 40 plus years and still have learned just one thing. My trees only have to please me. My commitment to them is to offer the best conditions I know how to provide.
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Oh, I must add that I only collect real yamadori bonsai material. Nature may have already stressed them enough that a move to different climate and correct watering is more then they can stand. What I mean by real, is trees dwarfed by nature that do not require massive makeovers to make them appear small. They have had a tuff life already.
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Thank you for the reply. I plant the newly harvested material on top of a tile or a plastic bucket lid depending on the size of the plant which does not allow for downward root growth. Most of my loss is during the first season. I have tried inorganic soils but have had poor results while in the ground. I do use inorganic soils when they are potted in their final pot.
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Do you have issues collecting the material a second time with it being planted in the ground?

I know that a lot of folks plant their recovering yamadori in straight pumice to help rebuild/rejuvenate the rootball.  I'm not sure what percentages are considered good.
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Just wondering how others plant and care for newly collected material. always open to new ideas and improvement of my present method. I have plenty of room and live where material is abundant. all my collections are legal with permission or on my own property. when collecting only healthy plants that can be harvested with a large amount of roots are taken. Upon arrival at my place they are planted in the ground, not in a box or pot with a hard surface under them and composted mulch is mixed half and half with native soil from the area they were retrieved from. I leave them one year to get over the trauma and then may wire a main branch or two to start the structure of the design, no trimming mind you and then wait another year remove wire and verify health of the specimen then prune a main branch if needed to complement the vision. Only one large branch per season to avoid stressing the plant. third year dig and pot plant in a training pot. Fourth year wire tree, and minor trim. If major pruning is still needed only one large branch is removed then another year. Fifth year  a real bonsai tree to improve on for years to come. I still have my first bonsai I started from seed as a child, 43 years ago. That little Western Red Cedar is still my favorite even with all the great material available. My success rate on yamadori material is still concerning, is 75% survival on collected material to in a pot good or do I need to improve something? All opinions will be well received. Thanks
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Evergreen Bonsai Discussion / Re: Sub Alpine Fir - 1
« Last post by jferrier on May 01, 2018, 12:53 AM »
I don't think that is a sub-alpine fir you have there.
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Satsuki Azalea Bonsai Discussion / Re: Where to buy??
« Last post by Tj11240 on April 26, 2018, 09:01 AM »
I just placed an order with Nuccio's Nurseries. With shipping, it came to $13 per plant, and they had incredible selection. They called me to work around some out-of-stock trees, and added a couple freebies. I asked for trees that have strong, singular trunks for bonsai culture, and they accommodated me just fine.
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