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General Bonsai Discussion / Re: Started as a joke, but it's getting big!
« Last post by geoffhobson on August 21, 2017, 04:21 PM »
All plants need light to produce food. This seedling is too small to do anything with for several years. I would have thought that it needs to be outside to get the conditions for optimum growing and health. It needs a bigger pot as well. Fertiliser with nitrogen would also be a good idea. Growing a plant from seed to be able to train into what might become a bonsai will take 15 to 20 years, the plant you have may or may not be suitable for bonsai.
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General Bonsai Discussion / Juniper sap issue
« Last post by Bilt85 on August 21, 2017, 02:22 PM »
Help please, I have a juniper skyrocket bonsai. It was re potted and shaped in April from a nursery plant to a bonsai. I have just checked it and noticed it has a lot of sap on the leaves, there doesn't seem to be any disease so I'm not sure why this would be. It hasn't been cut or had any work on it since April. Can you help?

 Any advice on pruning would be great also, I have been doing some research but a lot conflict with each other about pinching or cutting. I am wanting the pads to start filling out but I'm not sure on the process of back budding and ramification.

Thanks you for the help
Matt




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White Pine Bonsai Discussion / Re: New JWP help needed please..
« Last post by 0soyoung on August 15, 2017, 08:53 PM »
By about now the new foliage should be hardened. With JWP (and most 'white pines' for that matter) this is easily recognized by the dropping needle sheaths. Once this has happened the tree can be safely repotted.

I notice that it is grafted and probably on JBP (p. thunbergii). Therefore, I suggest that you only wash out the potting soil on one side of the stem when you repot. Do the other half in the following season.
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General Bonsai Discussion / Re: Started as a joke, but it's getting big!
« Last post by bwaynef on August 12, 2017, 08:03 PM »
I know nothing about Albizia, but that tree looks like its in need of light.  If you can find a place with bright shade it'd benefit.  (If its been inside for 2 years then taking it into the sun straight-away will likely cause its leaves to burn and further weaken it.)
Thanks for the response. Can I ask why you say it is in need of light?  Or how you can tell.  The leaves always look beautiful and the lighter color is a new branch that just came in. Unfortunately I just moved to a different office with no window.

Thanks!

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General Bonsai Discussion / Re: Started as a joke, but it's getting big!
« Last post by wraenking on August 11, 2017, 03:06 PM »
I know nothing about Albizia, but that tree looks like its in need of light.  If you can find a place with bright shade it'd benefit.  (If its been inside for 2 years then taking it into the sun straight-away will likely cause its leaves to burn and further weaken it.)
Thanks for the response. Can I ask why you say it is in need of light?  Or how you can tell.  The leaves always look beautiful and the lighter color is a new branch that just came in. Unfortunately I just moved to a different office with no window.

Thanks!

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General Bonsai Discussion / Re: Started as a joke, but it's getting big!
« Last post by bwaynef on August 11, 2017, 10:48 AM »
I know nothing about Albizia, but that tree looks like its in need of light.  If you can find a place with bright shade it'd benefit.  (If its been inside for 2 years then taking it into the sun straight-away will likely cause its leaves to burn and further weaken it.)
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General Bonsai Discussion / Re: Pest identification?
« Last post by bwaynef on August 11, 2017, 10:46 AM »
Could you take a picture in the daytime?  That picture is blown-out so I can't really see what's being photographed.

Also, if its spider mites, blast it with the hose.  Its surprisingly effective.
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General Bonsai Discussion / Pest identification?
« Last post by GingerPunk2 on August 11, 2017, 05:59 AM »
Hey all.

So I recently bought a beautiful Chinese Elm from a local garden center. But since having it for a couple of weeks I think that it may have had some pest issues and this seems to be affecting my little larch pseudolarox amabilis.

Now I have realised that I was not keeping my trees in the ideal conditions. I.e a noob mistake of overwatering. This mixed with humidity trays has caused these issues to grow. I have since (last 3/4 weeks) become extremely diligent with watering only when the soil appears dry on the top etc. Leaving watering a day or two after thinking I should water them to be safe and to dry out the soil and reduce pests.

I'm pretty sure my elm has fungus gnats. As when I watered on Sunday a bunch of flies flew up from the soil. This was 2 weeks after noticing little almost see through mite type bugs in the soil. And a couple of little worms.

Anyway. I am in the process of trying to rid them by drying the plant out more and using fly traps.

I noticed the same little mite things in my larch soil last time I watered. And so did the same. Let it dry a tad more than I was comfortable with. As the soil has significant moss growth on it.

I watered it yesterday and noticed a weird colored notch on the trunk. So I pulled back a lose piece of bark and revealed a white silky like web patch. Picture attached. I have removed this from the tree but am having a tough time working out wether thus could be spider mites, a regular spider sack or some other fungal type infection.

Any advice and help greatly appreciated. I love my little collection and do not want them to die. I want to repot them all as I belive the soil is completely wrong. But have been advised against this at the current time of year.

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General Bonsai Discussion / Started as a joke, but it's getting big!
« Last post by wraenking on August 10, 2017, 07:21 AM »
Hey guys. I know nothing about the art of the bonsai but would like to learn to see if I can one day give this beautiful tree to my wife as a gift.  Someone at work had bought a bonsai tree and I joked that I could grow one from seeds. So I bought 10 Albizia Julibtissin silk pink seeds from Amazon about 1 1/2 to 2 years ago and it has actually grown quite well even though it is on my office. I am not sure if I waited to long to start the process to prime and structure the tree.  Below is a pic.  I have purchased a book and a few tools but wanted some insight from some experts!  Is it too late?

Thanks in advance
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General Bonsai Discussion / Re: I'm Back LOL
« Last post by Steven on August 09, 2017, 11:01 PM »
Hopefully I can. Lost all my better stock up there. Been collecting a lot of pots though LOL. Will be showing pics of my material that was left down here the past 7 yrs. Almost all have rooted through their pots, containers into the ground. So I'll be needing advice on how to dig up. Will post that where it needs to be posted. I won't be able to this month as I have to go back to IN and get the dodge truck to bring down around the last of this month. I need to get back into Bonsai. I remember, before I got stupid, how much better I was mentally, spiritually and emotionally with Bonsai.
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