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Species Specific => Satsuki Azalea Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: shimsuki on July 22, 2009, 06:17 PM

Title: Shohin 'Hakurin'
Post by: shimsuki on July 22, 2009, 06:17 PM
This is a shohin I purchased from my teacher. He imported it from japan.
Title: Re: Shohin 'Hakurin'
Post by: bwaynef on July 22, 2009, 07:06 PM
My local guy has several Satsuki that he imported recently.  Most are either smaller or significantly larger than this one though.  I like the sturdy trunk on it.

Are we looking at near-finished height/size for this tree?
Title: Re: Shohin 'Hakurin'
Post by: shimsuki on February 25, 2010, 05:03 PM
Winter Update, photo tells it best.
Title: Re: Shohin 'Hakurin'
Post by: shimsuki on July 27, 2010, 04:59 PM
Update,

This hakurin was wired in the spring to bring some of the branches down. After talking to Dave Kreutz about styling, we came to the conclusion it was a hair too small to develop pads on, so this will also be trained as a helmet style. The concept is a japanese samurai helmet with dense foliage in a triangular shape, with the trunk being the only structure that is really shown. This one needs a couple more years of growing and training. I will probably slip pot it into the next size training pot too.


Shim
Title: Re: Shohin 'Hakurin'
Post by: MatsuBonsai on July 29, 2010, 08:35 PM
Looking good, shim.  What do you feed with and what soil are you using in St. Louis?
Title: Re: Shohin 'Hakurin'
Post by: shimsuki on July 29, 2010, 09:12 PM
Looking good, shim.  What do you feed with and what soil are you using in St. Louis?

We feed with seaweed and fish emulsion, and it have all my azaleas in kanuma. My opinion on soil is that if the japanese have been using it for so long, it must work just fine. I don't mess with mixing my own soils when kanuma is perfect for them.


Shim
Title: Re: Shohin 'Hakurin'
Post by: shimsuki on November 08, 2010, 09:10 AM
Fall update,

I performed the usual fall satsuki work on this, and then did some detail wiring. This little tree is starting to come along, I can't wait to get it into a pot. Maybe a motobadome in the spring too!