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andy graham

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Re: Trying to make it better....a bougainvillea air layer
« Reply #15 on: June 24, 2009, 06:44 AM »
Dale,

Thanks! Excellent job, very nice tree.

Andy
 

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Re: Trying to make it better....a bougainvillea air layer
« Reply #16 on: June 27, 2009, 09:29 PM »
Hi Dale:
A superb job of describing the work/play in one of my favorite plants.  I think it is almost time for you to make a special pot of your own design for that beauty. 

Warmest regards,
Carl

PS: Welcome to the new forum. Please note that some of your Bonsai colleagues are also here!
 

Dale Cochoy

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Re: Trying to make it better....a bougainvillea air layer
« Reply #17 on: July 11, 2011, 02:06 PM »
I was hoping to get a shot of the bougie flowering this summer but so far....no flowers. However, it flowers MOST of the winter , in the house, under lights, as do my other bougies!
It looks pretty much as it does in the photo above but a bit fuller and more twigy.

I'd not spent much time with the lower original trunk. I just let it grow wild most of the time and this winter it grew up into my fluorescent lights and also bloomed all winter.
I finally got it cut back seriously to remove the long tendrils and put on some loose wire quickly. Here is a shot from this AM.
If I keep working on this tree and don't sell it i think in 2 years it will be a nicely shaped and twigged tree.

Now, if I could just get it to flower when I want!

BTW, I KNOW that this in no way compares to a Florida grown bougie, but, I think it's doing ok for a stump job in NE Ohio where it gets an outside season about 5 months....maybe
 

Dale Cochoy

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Re: Trying to make it better....a bougainvillea air layer
« Reply #18 on: July 11, 2011, 02:34 PM »
Here are a couple shots of the main tree from today. Before and after a light trim.
It's time for a full wiring job on this and a bit of easy carving on a dead area in the rear. This will only require some dremel work with a small tricut.
 

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Re: Trying to make it better....a bougainvillea air layer
« Reply #19 on: July 11, 2011, 03:07 PM »
Dale,
Nice work!!
Jerry
 

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Re: Trying to make it better....a bougainvillea air layer
« Reply #20 on: July 15, 2011, 09:46 AM »
Great job Dale. That blue pot is exquisite.

Have a great weekend
Sam
 

Dale Cochoy

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Re: Trying to make it better....a bougainvillea air layer
« Reply #21 on: July 15, 2011, 12:01 PM »
Thanks Sam, the antique blue pot is worth well more than the tree!!.....
I stumbled on this pot during vendor setup at the ABS Denver show in '97ish from a lady who was getting rid of all her late husbands bonsai stuff ( West). Also some LARGE Masakuni tools, Naka Satsuki books and other pots all sold at the old prices that were on them. The real treasure was an old large Toshio Kawamoto Land &Water pot and a hand made scalloped round with rivets.

Dale
 

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Re: Trying to make it better....a bougainvillea air layer
« Reply #22 on: July 16, 2011, 11:34 AM »

Very nice job Dale.


Andy



 

Dale Cochoy

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Re: Trying to make it better....a bougainvillea air layer
« Reply #23 on: July 18, 2011, 03:06 PM »
Thanks Andy.
Now, If I could just get some of those 'Next to the Mexican Border'-sized tropicals......

Zone envy....
 

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Re: Trying to make it better....a bougainvillea air layer
« Reply #24 on: October 07, 2011, 12:21 AM »
Dale,
I love the tree, the progression really helps to show how you got it to where it is now. Here in Jamaica we deprive our bougies of water when we want them to bloom...you could try that with yours next summer when its warmer, also feed them more heavily with potassium to encourage blooming.

Nigel
 

Dale Cochoy

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Re: Trying to make it better....a bougainvillea air layer
« Reply #25 on: October 11, 2011, 12:57 PM »
Nigel,
Thanks, I've tried everything, including those and denying water until wilted. They bloom great in the winter here under lights though!  :(
I know a large dealer who can plan flowering at shows almost to the day by drying between watering.

D.
 

Dale Cochoy

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Re: Trying to make it better....a bougainvillea air layer
« Reply #26 on: May 28, 2012, 12:58 PM »
OK, it's been a while, but, since I already had this thread here I decided to update it today with a quick shot I took today. A couple weeks ago I defoliated and trimmed back these two bougies from this thread after I brought them out from my basement winter light racks where they were growing up and around the fluorescent lights.. They immediately were sunburned and then frosted a week later. ( I have too many to do the 'tropical 2-step' so once out, they are on their own) After I decided there would be no more frost I defoliated them, did a bit of wiring and here they are a couple weeks later. I repotted the air-layered tree out of the old valuable container and into a smaller container. I don't like it as well but I intend to sell the tree and don't want to get rid of the blue pot. This one is a fine Sara Rayner pot.
the original tree 'bottom' is coming along slowly but eventually will be pretty nice I think.
I'll get a shot later when leaves are all filled out.
D.
 

Dale Cochoy

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Re: Trying to make it better....a bougainvillea air layer
« Reply #27 on: August 02, 2012, 09:36 PM »
A quick update shot on these two trees from this morning 8/2/2012.
I didn't really like the looks of the pot last used with the air-layered tree early this spring so I repotted again into this Raynor pot. I think the pot looks better than the last one with a bit more soil area, plus, a still sale-able value.
The original trunk and rootbase are doing pretty well with the summer we've been having!
Here are both together, front and back.

Dale

P.S. Even after sizing down my pictures so that it isn't automatically done , the picture quality here sure is worse than the originals!
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Re: Trying to make it better....a bougainvillea air layer
« Reply #28 on: August 02, 2012, 11:03 PM »
They look happy Dale. Glad to see you posting and hope you and your family are doing well. I think it's interesting you don't use your own pots!
 

Dale Cochoy

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Re: Trying to make it better....a bougainvillea air layer
« Reply #29 on: August 03, 2012, 12:36 AM »
I have no problem with using some one elses pot if it fits and looks good. I spent many years buying other folks pots and have lots of them. I also use mine, Chinese and Japanese. I have about 175 trees left now after selling many. But, that is still WAY too many trees to have in my pots, plus, many of my trees are large and it's just easier to use Chinese or Japanese pots than make them myself, plus if I want a fancy rectangle, oval , lotus, etc. it's much easier to buy an imported cast pot. I think I'd get bored looking at all my trees in all my pots!
But, mainly, I can't afford to use my pots  ;D , and when I do, they are usually flawed ones that I can't sell.