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John Kirby

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Re: JWP....Help!
« Reply #15 on: June 10, 2011, 01:33 PM »
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Get with Boon and the BIB crew, use the soil and techniques that work in the area. Good luck, John
 

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Re: JWP....Help!
« Reply #16 on: June 10, 2011, 03:51 PM »
When the akadama is surrounded by particles that don't break down, like pumice & lava, the effects of the breakdown of akadama is minimized.  I'd try something like that before I'd recommend Turface, which doesn't seem to drain nearly as well (or produce the same quality of roots).
 

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« Reply #17 on: June 10, 2011, 08:17 PM »
Wayne-
Clay King, Aoki, and b,b,b,boon's mix, for example
 

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Re: JWP....Help!
« Reply #18 on: June 14, 2011, 05:21 PM »
Thanks for all your comments. I am going to hook up with Boon and the BIB in the fall. I agree that akadama is great, but it does breakdown quickly. My mixture is similar to Boon. The only difference is that I don't use akadama in my mix, I use pumice, lava, and crushed granite, and charcoal.

I think for the bay area geography , akadama is not the best of choices. I used to use akadama, but I noticed that my pines would not thrive when raining season came and lost some to root rot. Then I took out akadama and bang, my pines were loving it!

It appears that I was able to save it from doom, lost some branches, but I noticed some new growth and no more dry ups needles.
 

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Re: JWP....Help!
« Reply #19 on: June 16, 2011, 12:35 AM »
Soil is just one of those things that really depend on personal preference and local climate. Someone in my area, Westchester County New York, has been growing his pines in akadama for literally decades and swears by it, but I found a perfectly good low priced substitute at an Auto Parts store used to clean oil spills. It's kinda like turface, but it's Montmorillonite clay. Drainage and water retention balance is excellent.

It looks like you've found what works for you. I look forward to seeing what you do with your dead wood!
 

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Re: JWP....Help!
« Reply #20 on: June 16, 2011, 11:17 AM »
I'm curious, did you get this tree on ebay? My JWP was from a guy on there and looks like they might have come from the same guy since the pot and soil mix looks the same and the tree is very similar. Mine has wire cuts up high as well. Just wondering if I might end up w/  the same issues.
 

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Re: JWP....Help!
« Reply #21 on: June 18, 2011, 01:46 PM »
It is probably from the same seller, but you should not worry. I would check the soil with a thin chop stick and see if takes some pressure to stick it through. If it does, you might want to repot it or allow it to dry out a bit longer. I have another JWP from his nursery and I allow it to dry out longer then usual and it is actually doing really good, with a lot of new growth. However, I think next fall I might repot without using akadama.


I know the seller personally as I have gone to his nursery in Sacramento throughout the years. He is one of the few that are able to bring in JWP in the country legally. He has also one the best stock for CA juniper which he goes every few years to dig out and makes a few into cuttings. He has a outstanding nursery and the prices are quite reasonable and he will actually negotiate price with you while examining tree you are interested in. 

 

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« Reply #22 on: June 18, 2011, 05:30 PM »
Tell Yuzo hi for me the next time you are there. You will still need to use some akadama, in a mix. See Boon.