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The beginnings of a few tiny azaleas...

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johng:
Unlike the other post with a similar title, these tree were only 1 gallons when purchased from a local nursery that propagates a few varieties of satsukis. These are Chinzan, Myuki, Noozo Minakari.  In my experience it is rare to see very small azalea bonsai...under 4"(mame)...the 4-8"(shohin) sizes are a little more common but still not regularly seen.  I think the obvious reason for this is the flowers.  

My reason for starting to work on small azaleas was to develop some accessory material that I could use for rock plantings. (an example of how I intend to use them can be seen in the first pic below...these are chinzan that I purchased from lowes for $2 each...cut them back hard and used them in this composition one season later. I was very impressed with how fast these plants developed into usable material...not great bonsai or even good by any means, but they responded so well to the pruning that I had to consider developing more.  

Unlike the first ones, I hope to develop some of these into individual trees.  With this super small size azalea material, I am not considering the flowers at all.  If they work out great...if not, there is no loss.  Here are some photos of a few trees that I cut back very hard about 2 weeks ago.  The containers are cutoff 1 gallon nursery pots.  I will continue to post pics as this material develops.

As always I am interested in your feedback.
John

johng:
Here are a couple more pics of some small ones that I have been working on for two growing seasons...I guess really three...they were purchased and cut back hard in mid summer 2007.  I have only pruned since...about every month or so I prune to the keep the foliage in the desired silhouette.  I think you can see in the second photo that I have begun to try and develop so individual branches.  The plant in the third pic is 'chinzan' and the others I do not know the culitvar...although they are satsuki, I believe they were developed locally or at least in the US...double red flower.

John

JTGJr25:
Very cool.  I really like the first one in the second post.  It has a nice shape to it and could be a killer tree one day.  If you ever get sick of it let me know  ;).

Tom

johng:

--- Quote from: JTGJr25 on July 13, 2009, 01:21 PM ---Very cool.  I really like the first one in the second post.  It has a nice shape to it and could be a killer tree one day.  If you ever get sick of it let me know  ;).

Tom

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Thanks Tom:)

shimsuki:
Chinzan is a great variety, probably because it's parent plant is a good variety, osakazuki.

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