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shimsuki

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Hollow Trunk Satsuki
« on: July 22, 2009, 09:59 PM »
This is a satsuki that I purchased from Dave Kreutz a couple months ago. It had a cut on the top of the trunk that was never properly sealed. Water got in and rotted most of the inside trunk. Dave took a dremel to it and drilled off all the rotted wood. The pictures you see today are the result. The variety is eikan. This is a really special tree in my opinion.

The first pic shows the tree as I bought it. The second an third are after I cleaned it up the way dave taught me, but that is for a different topic, and the last is the trunk itself.

Enjoy
 

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Re: Hollow Trunk Satsuki
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2009, 09:06 PM »
I purchased a pot for this a couple days ago from Erin bonsai. The pot dimensions are 10.5"x7.75"x2.25". Vic has great pots, and although I usually prefer a good tokoname or good chinese pot, vic creates some very unique pots. Below is the pot I purchased. Visit Erin Pottery at http://www.erinbonsai.com/
 

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Re: Hollow Trunk Satsuki
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2009, 07:49 AM »
Cool tree and very nice pot.  You would think there would be more hollow trunked azalea bonsai around, but this is the first one I've seen.  I look forward to seeing it again once you've refined the foliage pads and placed it in your pot.

Dave
 

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Re: Hollow Trunk Satsuki
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2009, 10:28 AM »
Shimsuki,
This is an excellent piece of material. I can see it becoming a showstopper very soon.

Chris
 

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Re: Hollow Trunk Satsuki
« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2009, 07:57 PM »
Shimsuki,
 Very nice! Do you know the approximate age of the tree? Is it an import? I'm also curious as to the care of the hollowed out trunk. Is it treated with a preservative of any kind?  Thanks, Vic
 

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Re: Hollow Trunk Satsuki
« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2009, 09:59 PM »
Do you know the approximate age of the tree?
It is hard to tell the age of satsukis.
 

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Re: Hollow Trunk Satsuki
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2010, 06:31 PM »
I'm also curious as to the care of the hollowed out trunk. Is it treated with a preservative of any kind?  Thanks, Vic

No no no, preservatives, like lime sulfur, do not react well with azaleas. The only thing I do to take care of the hollowed trunk is pick away soft wet wood. Since there are not many carved azaleas like this, I am still figuring out how to really care for it.

Shimsuki
 

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Re: Hollow Trunk Satsuki
« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2010, 05:01 PM »
Winter Update, photo tells it best.
 

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Re: Hollow Trunk Satsuki
« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2010, 09:18 AM »
2010 Update,

I was unhappy with the branching of this tree, so I talked to Dave, and we decided to start over. He doesn't usually reccomend it, but given the circumstances and the fact that I have many years of bonsai in the future, we cut of all the branches!  :o

This happened in April, along with a repot, and it really pushed since then. I took off several branches in the fall when I did fall work, and put curve into the ones I kept. Year one down, several years of developing to go!

Pics taken yesterday.

Shim
 

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Re: Hollow Trunk Satsuki
« Reply #9 on: November 08, 2010, 09:28 AM »
I think its a big improvement that you removed those large branches.  The new branches look to have been well-selected and look good.

What's the variety?
 

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Re: Hollow Trunk Satsuki
« Reply #10 on: November 08, 2010, 02:18 PM »
Eikan, classic old variety
 

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Re: Hollow Trunk Satsuki
« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2012, 12:49 AM »
Got new pics of this one?
 

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Re: Hollow Trunk Satsuki
« Reply #12 on: January 02, 2012, 03:01 AM »
Is there a reason u put the mesh screen over the soil??
 

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Re: Hollow Trunk Satsuki
« Reply #13 on: January 02, 2012, 06:24 PM »
My son and I put yamagoki (Sp?) moss over all our satsuki and shohin to conserve soil moisture in the hot st. Louis summers. The screen prevents the birds and other critters from carrying it away. It is secured with aluminum nails into the soil.

JRob
 

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Re: Hollow Trunk Satsuki
« Reply #14 on: June 13, 2012, 05:58 PM »
Good Afternoon All,

Thought you'd might enjoy seeing the progress on this tree.

JRob