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General Bonsai Discussion / Re: Large Podocarpus
« Last post by snipologist on March 06, 2017, 12:17 AM »
Bozen Bonsai, How are the trees doing?  I have found they don't like a lot of root disturbance or root pruning.  Work them down to the proper bonsai pot size slowly.  Susumu Nakamura once said, "Its better to have live bonsai in wrong size pot than dead bonsai in right size pot."  Also podocarpus do not take drying out so you have to watch that they never get too dry.  I lost a couple that way.
Evergreen Bonsai Discussion / Re: Engleman spruce survival
« Last post by snipologist on March 04, 2017, 07:46 PM »
Sorry to report the Englemann spruce has died.  It slowly declined from mid-summer onwards.  The lowest branch lost all its needles and then this continued up the tree.  By fall there were no needles left on any part so the tree was discarded.  Don't think I'll try another.  Black Hills spruce does fine for me despite being slow growers so I will do those and other spruces that I have been successful with.   
Ponderosa Pine Bonsai Discussion / Re: A beauty from Cho -
« Last post by Potawatomi13 on March 03, 2017, 02:19 AM »
Congratulations.  Should have second Ponderosa(arizona 5 needle)from Alvaro tomorrow!  Can hardly wait!!!!
Hard to find better deals on Yamadori than from him.
General Bonsai Discussion / Re: What's Up......Enlighten me
« Last post by idowatsu on February 25, 2017, 01:47 PM »
I don't know when I discovered this website but I found it recently in my bookmarks. I was able to log in and start participating right away and I am so glad this site is here.
Ponderosa Pine Bonsai Discussion / A beauty from Cho -
« Last post by mossmoon on February 19, 2017, 10:42 AM »
Getting a real beauty from Alvaro! Potential for this tree is amazing. He says it's about 300 years old. Collected March 2016. When it arrives, it'll go straight to the greenhouse...
Ponderosa Pine Bonsai Discussion / Re: Cricket on my Ponderosa
« Last post by snipologist on February 13, 2017, 11:38 AM »
Just to be technically correct its a katydid which is a relative of the true crickets. 
Evergreen Bonsai Discussion / Re: Mugo pine dying buds
« Last post by twigboy2000 on February 03, 2017, 03:39 PM »
Here's a little update on this guy.

We had a very hot and very dry summer/fall in GA last year.  I think we were at drought conditions for part of the year.  I ended up moving this guy under some shade cloth and it seemed to do a little bit better.  All in all, I think I lost maybe 10% of the branch tips.

This year the plan is to just water and feed and not mess with it too much until I see noticeable vigor.  Then maybe I'll work some of the leggy branches back in and approach graft some buds closer in to the trunk.

Thanks for the interest,
General Bonsai Discussion / Re: How is Root Pruning Possible?
« Last post by geoffhobson on February 01, 2017, 10:03 AM »
It does depend on the age of the tree. Old larch should never be re pottd once bud has burst, broken pot excepted of course.
It also depnds on root disturbance.
General Bonsai Discussion / Re: Cliff rose and alligator Juniper
« Last post by Potawatomi13 on January 27, 2017, 01:54 AM »
What arcina said.  Get him to collect for you as he is a pro ;D.
General Bonsai Discussion / Re: How is Root Pruning Possible?
« Last post by Potawatomi13 on January 27, 2017, 01:50 AM »
Larch exception to:  "If you re pot a Larch after the buds have burst then you could well lose the tree"

In about 1959 when much younger wanted a couple young trees by roadside.  Uncle pulled up 2 young Ponderosas and one young Larch.  It was September.  All survived until about 1990. Soil was regular red roadside dirt so some root damage was done.  Is possible to imagine Larches "could" be repotted at sub optimal time and survive.
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