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Species Specific => Satsuki Azalea Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: bwaynef on July 01, 2009, 10:34 AM

Title: Satsuki Azalea
Post by: bwaynef on July 01, 2009, 10:34 AM
This is a Gumpo, ...white gumpo I believe.  What you see is the result of a hard chop last year.  All the branching that is growing on the bottom half of the trunk sprouted after the chop.  The apex (including the branch that hangs from the apex) was trimmed back to 2 branch(let)es  and wired into position  last year.  I removed the wire this spring.  I'm trying to see if those lower branches will add girth to the trunk in any appreciable way. 

This is also my first year using Kanuma.  I was impressed this spring at the growth after transplanting them into it.  Since then, I've decided I won't be using straight Kanuma anymore.  I'll probably mix it with something that will add some substance and drainage.

Title: Re: Satsuki Azalea
Post by: bwaynef on June 16, 2010, 04:34 PM
Just an update.
Title: Re: Satsuki Azalea
Post by: garywood on June 16, 2010, 04:39 PM
Wayne, why would you need to add drainage to kanuma? That's all kanuma is, drainage material.
Wood
Title: Re: Satsuki Azalea
Post by: bwaynef on June 16, 2010, 10:13 PM
I found that kanuma broke down quickly here and I needed something that would add some substance (maybe thats the wrong word) and drainage to the broken down mix.

Ultimately, I think this one is in Boon mix.  I don't recall.  If its not its in Pumice and Kanuma, 1:1.
Title: Re: Satsuki Azalea
Post by: seth ellwood on June 16, 2010, 10:22 PM
I would add some turface or haydite to the mix for stability and mabye some lava. I don't know what the ph of turface is but I know lava is 7.0
Title: Re: Satsuki Azalea
Post by: John Kirby on June 16, 2010, 11:22 PM
Wayne,
I used to mix Kanuma and pumice 50:50, because I was having some of the same issues. Then, on Boon's advice, I started buying better kanuma. I am back to 100% kanuma. This is one that doesn't need experimentation, good Kanuma lasts. But I screen mine so that may be making a difference as well.
John
Title: Re: Satsuki Azalea
Post by: bwaynef on June 17, 2010, 07:28 PM
I might consider a better grade Kanuma.  Have a picture of a bag of better Kanuma?

Anyone have opinions on the tree?
Title: Re: Satsuki Azalea
Post by: Steven on June 17, 2010, 11:08 PM
Yea, I have an opinion on your tree. It needs to be in my "jungle"  :D

Seriously, I like it. Branches are in good places, nice taper, good overall shape. I'm sure I'll see this in person some time down the road.