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dorothy schmitz

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Casuarina
« on: October 25, 2009, 07:25 PM »

 Just finished working (styling) on this Casuarina today, hope you like it.

 

 

 
 

dorothy schmitz

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Re: Casuarina
« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2009, 07:27 PM »

 A closeup of the top:

 
 

bonsaikc

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Re: Casuarina
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2009, 09:50 AM »
Dorothy,
Asbolutely stunning! I love your design for this tree.

Chris
 

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Re: Casuarina
« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2009, 11:20 AM »
Really nice work on this tree!  Great job on the shari :)
 

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Re: Casuarina
« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2009, 01:02 PM »
Dorothy,
Nicely done.

Jerry
 

dorothy schmitz

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Re: Casuarina
« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2009, 07:58 PM »

 Thank you all! I am honestly happy you like the tree.

 -dorothy
 

Leo de Leon

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Re: Casuarina
« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2009, 08:59 PM »
Hi Dorothy,

Can you please give tips on how to care for Casuarina especially collected trees. I bought some yamadoris and they all did not make it.

Thanks and best regards,
Leo
 

dorothy schmitz

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Re: Casuarina
« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2009, 10:37 PM »
Hi Dorothy,

Can you please give tips on how to care for Casuarina especially collected trees. I bought some yamadoris and they all did not make it.

Thanks and best regards,
Leo

Leo,

what exactly happened to your Casuarinas ?

-dorothy
 

Leo de Leon

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Re: Casuarina
« Reply #8 on: October 28, 2009, 06:07 AM »
Hi Dorothy,

I bought the yamadoris from a fellow bonsai artist and they were large, about 10 to twelve inches at the base. I potted them with river sand as medium. I placed them in shade and after a couple of weeks they showed signs of leafing but in a month the new growth started to wilt. I watered them twice a day. maybe the hot summer season was too warm, despite the trees were placed under shade they still dried out. I really don't know. After seeing your tree, I am inclined to try once more.

Best regards,
leo
 

dorothy schmitz

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Re: Casuarina
« Reply #9 on: October 28, 2009, 10:50 AM »
Hi Dorothy,

I bought the yamadoris from a fellow bonsai artist and they were large, about 10 to twelve inches at the base. I potted them with river sand as medium. I placed them in shade and after a couple of weeks they showed signs of leafing but in a month the new growth started to wilt. I watered them twice a day. maybe the hot summer season was too warm, despite the trees were placed under shade they still dried out. I really don't know. After seeing your tree, I am inclined to try once more.

Best regards,
leo


Leo, sorry about your trees. There are probably multiple reasons why the trees did not make it. It could be the wrong time to have transplanted them. Wrong in regards to the time of the year (summer dormancy?), wrong in terms of when they had been collected (too early to transplant?).

Question is also if you were able to remove all old soil from around the roots, I do wash my Casuarina roots during initial potting, but then add some of the old "collected" soil to the new one. Never lost a newly colllected tree. During the first real transplanting then (making sure the Casuarina is a bit rootbound, they don't like to be repotted too early) I remove all old soil and wash the roots again. Then I place them in good Boon mix. Due to the high humidity here (in summer through fall) I took the Akadama out of the mix. I also work with straight Lava rock. The Casuarinas seem to love that.

Once you transplant them, they like to be misted frequently. Make sure they never dry out, as with dryness they will also lose some surface roots. Also, absolutely no wire when transplanting. They will mostlikely show dieback of the wired branch(es).

All in all, they are heavy feeders and love water, but don't like poor drainage, as most trees don't.

The best time to collect and transplant Casuarinas is in my area when they are shedding old growth and getting ready to push new growth . That is in late spring (here) and again in the month of October (here).

Whatever you plan to do to a casuarina, observe what the tree is doing. You can use it's natural habits for your purposes.
Anytime to trim back a Casuarina, you need to let it grow out after that. Otherwise the tree will get weaker.

Unless you have already a styled tree you don't have to worry about the dominant top shoots. However, once that you have established your design and you plant to work with the top, you need to keep the top growth weaker than the rest. Regular trimming of the top will achieve that.

And last, do not scissor the growth when working on getting the pads fuller. You will work agains your goal as the little "leaves" around the scissor cut will not respond with sending out new buds all around.

Good luck with some new Casuarinas, they are well worth the effort.

-dorothy
 

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Re: Casuarina
« Reply #10 on: October 28, 2009, 10:25 PM »
Hi Dorothy,

Thank you so much for your tips. I will try Casuarinas again.

Best regards,
Leo