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Evergreen Bonsai Discussion / Re: Hollywood juniper from nursery stock
« Last post by augustine on April 24, 2018, 12:37 PM »
Not criticizing what was done here or the results, just adding my point of view.

I have experienced problems with drastically pruning junipers which has not been mentioned (and I did not even prune to this degree). Even if the tree lives (and I agree a healthy tree can generally survive this treatment) it can get very weak for several seasons really slowing the development process.

Therefore I stopped such drastic pruning. I prune moderately over the course of several seasons and arrive at a desired result in approx. the same time with 2 advantages. One, I didn't compromise the health of the tree and secondly I was able to evaluate the design over several seasons.

Also in my area, a juniper that was stressed like this is going to be attacked by spider mites or scale further slowing the development process.

Someone said something that struck me "the slow way is the fast way." Just my two cents however I tend to be conservative with training so my advice is not for everyone.
General Bonsai Discussion / Re: Iowa Members
« Last post by Bwade on April 01, 2018, 09:40 PM »
Sent you a pm, I am from Central Iowa.
General Bonsai Discussion / Re: Hi all in this awesome community!
« Last post by Jay on March 17, 2018, 07:08 AM »
Greetings and Welcome. Unfortunately this board has slowed down with many of the posters leaving. I visit a few times a week with the hope of it coming back. It was... And could be a great place.

Enjoy your journey with Bonsai. Knowledge is key. Take the time to learn. If you can locate a Bonsai Club or Study Group near you. It makes a world of difference to be able to talk to people face to face and to have the ability to bring your trees no matter how humble to get help. Even if it is a bit far and you go only once in a while it will make a differance.
Check for local Bonsai Shows, I know the Mid Atlantic is outside Hartford Ct in April. Try and go, even if for a day visit.

Learn what is necessary to keep your trees alive. Learn what you can do and what you can't. And learn how much you can do at one time. Most of us believe that patience is an extremely useful tool. I notice you posted on another thread. That tree was drastically worked in one sitting. I question whether it lived.  Perhaps the owner was able to keep it alive but I strongly doubt it. He patient with you trees and seek advise......remember we all can look like experts online.
Best of luck in you journey
My two cents
Evergreen Bonsai Discussion / Re: Hollywood juniper from nursery stock
« Last post by Rozuna on March 16, 2018, 09:58 PM »
Please comment. Good or bad. This will be going into a training pot tomorrow.
Beautiful Trees! Will definitely make for a amazing Bonsai in years to come. Don’t underestimate the second tree.

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General Bonsai Discussion / Hi all in this awesome community!
« Last post by Rozuna on March 16, 2018, 08:32 PM »
Hello all. Thank you for the welcome. My name is Ric. I’m from Queens, NY. I’ve loved Bonsai For as long as I could remember! I was in my early teens The first time I set my eyes on a Bonsai.  I was completely captivated. And as you can imagine I purchased my first small tree. Planted it in a pot with a mud like soil from my yard and before you know it the tree died. I was completely disheartened. After that I didn’t touch a Bonsai for almost 20 years.
However, my story didn’t end there. Later in my life While In the Marine Corps I had the pleasure to visit and live in Okinawa and Tokyo for 7 months. It was there where I fell in love with Bonsai again. And slowly but surely I attempted to learn as much as I could (and not attempting to have any trees) and hitting a few bumps along the way. I own some Pine, Spruce and Deciduous trees in developmental stage. Often I think I am NOT working on the tree, but rather the tree on me because it’s never about me knowing all I can. This is why I am here. I want to continue to learn and grow from others. So once again thank you for having me.

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Tropical Bonsai Discussion / SA Monkey Thorn Bonsai.
« Last post by Ruwart on March 09, 2018, 04:30 AM »
Hi Everybody,
I'm a new member and truly need some advice.

I'm a Botanist by trade and am living in a centre for epileptic people in SA. I have been presented with a grouping of three Monkey thorn tree "Bonsai" some time ago. At that point they were virtually dead sticks in the ground, by the way they were started as air layers and haven't got a well developed root system.

Well, I got them going again after a few weeks of watering everyday and they started to leaf one after the other. They got a major setback when someone tried to carry them together with other plants. The pot fell and all of them were out of the ground, completely destroying the bioflora around the few roots they have. Again it took them some time to recover, however I think the one is dead? The first tree that leaved looks great, a second one just started leafing last week.

This morning a careless carwasher pulled a hosepipe over the lot, uprooting the one that just started leafing again. Now my question, should I rather take it and put it in river sand to develop more than just two single roots?

Thanks for any advice.
General Bonsai Discussion / Help with species
« Last post by danielm60 on March 05, 2018, 03:34 PM »
Hi All

A friend of mine gave me a what looked like dead tree so I’ve given it some love and it seems to be coming around.
Trouble is I have no idea what it is ?

Any help would be appreciated

Tropical Bonsai Discussion / Air roots for schefflera
« Last post by ptandon on March 05, 2018, 01:23 PM »
I am a newbie with bonsai and have a schefflera which is about 5 years old. I would like to encourage the formation of aerial roots. I saw the discussion around this in which it was pointed out that the plant needs high humidity in order to send out the air roots, so it should be covered in plastic so as to maintain a humid atmosphere around it.

My questions are these:
1. Is it wise to start encouraging the aerial roots for a 5-year old tree or should I wait longer?
2. How long will it take for the roots to develop and root themselves once I start the process?
3. Should I prune the tree before or after working on the roots?
4. Any tips on pruning it? I got it a little over a year ago and so far have done nothing to it but water.

Thanks for your advice!
Deciduous Bonsai Discussion / Black Alder
« Last post by KevinJ64 on March 01, 2018, 09:47 PM »
Does or has anyone trained a Black Alder (Alnus glutinosa). I have spotted a grove of them and decided this year is the year to layer one!.
Kevin J
Bonsai Stand Discussion / Re: Choosing a shoku
« Last post by gromalle on January 29, 2018, 12:59 PM »
If shoku is bonsai display table, what is kadai then? The same? If not, what is the difference? Thanks.
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