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  • Dirk shared a photo in Dirk's Photos album
    same rosemary on 18/04. it already looks bad. leaves are browning. a bad sign....
    anyone with some advice? i hope it isnt already to late.
    same rosemary on 18/04. it already looks bad. leaves are browning. a bad sign....<br />anyone with some advice? i hope it isnt already to late.
    14 hours 23 minutes ago
  • Dirk shared a photo in Dirk's Photos album
    I am posting two picks of my rosemary. I need some help. i bought this plant on 29/03, pruned it as is in pic. added a little wiring just to try and bend those two branches down a bit. placed it with all my other bonsai and left it to start growing a bit.but I have never had any luck with rosemary, they just die on me. even if i just leave them as is...........
    I am posting two picks of my rosemary. I need some help. i bought this plant on 29/03, pruned it as is in pic. added a little wiring just to try and bend those two branches down a bit. placed it with all my other bonsai and left it to start growing a bit.but I have never had any luck with rosemary, they just die on me. even if i just leave them as is...........
    14 hours 24 minutes ago
  • Marinda comment on the photo Before defoliation
    Wow this is beautiful!!!
  • Terry, I have several of his videos. I have two which are many years old. I estimate them to be '70 or maybe early '80, in which he takes a Juniper from the wild and creates a tremendous tree....
  • Thanks Terry for your insightful and thoughful presentation on pines last night. I learnt quite a bit.
    2 days ago
    Kyle macaskill Yes thankyou for the invite , the talk was informative and interesting, its got me saving for my first pine , and a good way of convincing people that its the pine tree from where bonsai forms originate , thankyou once again for a great evening , and thankyou for sharing your knowledge to all of us , kyle
    yesterday
  • ray
    Hey guys. Need some URGENT help. Two bonsai pots of mine were stolen and the trees were tossed in the bin today. Im assuming the garden service is to blame. Anyway I have tried to save the trees. One was a 6 year old Scotia. And the other was a group of baobab seedlings roughly 5 months old. There is no signs of the leaves wilting or drying out. But the roots look like they took a bit of a beating. I rinsed of the tree and seedlings to remove any crap that was inside the dustbin. Re potted...
    4 days ago
    Kyle macaskill they are temperamental,lol, we planted 25 seeds last year,only 2 gestated , this year out of 50 seeds , we got 5 that sprouted , so yes I do understand what you are going through. Yes a broken toe... Or two may set kama right.....
    3 days ago
  • Hey Gerald. Which part of JHB have you moved too? I'm in the west, close to rooderpoort.
    5 days ago
  • Terry Erasmus comment on the photo kimura bonsai trees-023
    Gerald your assumption is correct although he also would derive some income of course from demonstrations. I believe this reality of how the commercial nurseries produce an income is often...
  • Terry, you make an interesting point about the trees not belonging to the nursery. I assume that Kimura then makes most of his income from caring for trees and preparing them for shows. I assumed...
  • Terry, I'm not sure either about this. Do you think it could be a white olive? The trunk does not look like it though, but the leaves and branches resemble. More photos may be helpful to be sure.
  • Terry Erasmus comment on the photo kimura bonsai trees-023
    Oh yeah I can see why this is a bit misleading. These few trees were on their wait to Taiken ten and were set aside closer to the road to be collected. This is the only time such a masterpiece will...
  • Gerald Randall shared a photo in Gerald Randall's Photos album
    This is one of the scars I was referring to. Covered with cling wrap and I took this photo (looking at the date stamp) about 6 days after the cut was made and the cut was closed with cling wrap. A few weeks later and it has closed even more. However, winter is approaching and I've removed the cling wrap some time back, so it is slowing down tremendously.
    This is one of the scars I was referring to. Covered with cling wrap and I took this photo (looking at the date stamp) about 6 days after the cut was made and the cut was closed with cling wrap. A few weeks later and it has closed even more. However, winter is approaching and I've removed the cling wrap some time back, so it is slowing down tremendously.
    less than a minute ago
    Gerald Randall Yip, I looked at it today, it is probably about twice that now, but the leaves are almost all off the tree, so activity is very low. The green has hardened and gone brown. I thought I would have more time to clean up the cut, but it is closing fast. I'll clean it up in spring.
    6 days ago
  • Bill shared a photo in Bill's Photos album
    Can anyone identify this tree / bush?
    Can anyone identify this tree / bush?
    less than a minute ago
    tim flack Looks like a wild olive to me hey those leaves are very thin and long.
    5 days ago
  • I am looking forward to the build. I'm very busy at the moment with other activities at the moment, so I'm taking it slow. Will plan it properly and then get going. I'm thinking of going much...
  • Terry, I was actually referring to this tree in particular. It is not the first time that I've seen this. I recognise that it may be a temporary stand, but I've seen it many times before. I remain...
  • I've, just read someone questioning using charcoal in bonsai use. I noticed a dominance in "agree" answered. I am scheptical.. Mainly due to the use of glue and chemicals. What are your thoughts.
    less than a minute ago
    Kyle macaskill Hi, I did read this article about charcoal for bonsai , jst cant remember where , but only for certain trees , such as ficus and certain conifers , as the charcoal, as terry stated , reduces acidity in the soil, I have used charcoal pellets from a pet shop and mixed about a cup to 1kg of bonsai soil mix for my wild figs That I rescued from my aunt , they seem to be doing extremely well, I heard That charcoal also helps to controll certain bacteria in the soil Tha may effect the root systems of young seedlings prone to root rot . On the other hand to increase acidity for certain plants mixing ground tea leaves into the soil helps as it releases tannic acid into the soil.
    4 days ago
  • Terry Erasmus comment on the photo kimura bonsai trees-033
    Gerald, none of the commercial bonsai nurseries I have been to in Japan use plastic crates. This might be so in other countries but definately not in Japan. You certainly have a challenge though as...
  • Is anyone aware that some species of acacia in South Africa have been re classified Senigalia. Basically all the monkey thorns. Eg galphinni, burkei
    1 week ago
    Terry Erasmus Bill they have already succeeded. The question now is whether the South African contingent can get it changed but it looked extremely unlikely.
    less than a minute ago
  • I am in the process of looking into what my new benches would look like, when I looked over these photos. I'm always amazed at how 'basic' the benches in many of these gardens are. Using a plastic...
  • Kyle macaskill is friends with Gerald Randall
  • Terry Erasmus comment on the photo kimura bonsai trees
    What i would suggest Bill is to collect pictures of trees which you like. Order them in folders on your computer. Then when you get your hands on some rough stock, create a collage of pictures...
  • Terry Erasmus comment on the photo kimura bonsai trees-033
    My pleasure Bill. I will be traveling to Japan again now in May. I won't be going to Master Kimura's place but I will be going back to AichiEn and also to several nurseries in Takamatsu. Perhaps...
  • Bill comment on the photo kimura bonsai trees-033
    Thank you for uploading these photos. They are very inspiring.
    Bill

  • Bill comment on the photo kimura bonsai trees
    The tree " Kimura,s garden is stunning. I am sure it was a good number of years dedicating to the style. Not deviating from the vision to become.
    I find it difficult to concept the style, then...
  • hi terry, i know it is very late in the season but like to plan ahead . i have been going through some of your very first posts, and have noticed that you have done full defoliation on several deciduous trees such as wild olive and ficus nat. does this not effect the plant in any way? i know it helps produce smaller leaves in plants such as maple , does it have effect? and when is the best time to do it on deciduous trees. regards kyle
    2 weeks ago
    Terry Erasmus Defoliation on its own will not produce back budding, it must be accompanied with pruning. Ficus definately, acacia responds great, but I am not sure about the others like the boerboon is it's actually a creeper if I am correct. However I think pretty much anything aside from evergreens will respond well to defoliation.
    6 days ago
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    2 weeks ago
  • hi terry , got some of your bonsai boost packs from the show , testing them out now on some of my plants, i just have a question, does it only come in one size tea bag/sachet ? as i find them a bit large for my mame and shohin bonsai as it covers almost half the pot. would you suggest opening the bag and reducing the content, or putting the content of the sachet directly on to the soil ? regards kyle
    2 weeks ago
    Terry Erasmus Kyle, thanks for purchasing some BonsaiBoost. I'm sure you will be happy with the results. It only comes in one size. I guess I can understand that it might bother you with this sachet which in proportion to the tree is large, but it works. It does not bother me, or others for that matter as its functional and not aesthetic. When you want to show or exhibit the tree in your house or oelsewhere, you can quickly remove it. You can however tear open the sachet if you like and sprinkle the contents. The problem with this is that if the space around the tree is very little, and the water spray from your watering device is a little too hard, it will simply wash the fertilizer away.
    2 weeks ago
  • Terry Erasmus comment on the album Swamp Cypress A
  • Here is a link to the Cape Bonsai Kai monthly meeting page with a map, in case you have never been to the locale: www.capebonsaikai.co.za/about-us/…
    2 weeks ago
  • Terry Erasmus comment on the album Swamp Cypress A
    Most times when you see swamps as bonsai the artists has made a concerted effort to bring all the branches down. I personally think this looks very nice and makes the tree look very mature. The...
  • Terry Erasmus comment on the album Celtis bonsai I
    I did quite a number of approach grafts last this spring. Unfortunately the tree did not grow well at all this past season, I. Elieve it was in too much sun, and so only 1 of the grafts took. This...
  • Terry Erasmus shared a photo in Celtis bonsai I album
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    This trees is sort of one of my 'pride and joy' trees. I suppose it is because it is a tree which I have grown up from a seedling - field growing it for a number of years now. Lifting it every...
    2 weeks ago
    Terry Erasmus I did quite a number of approach grafts last this spring. Unfortunately the tree did not grow well at all this past season, I. Elieve it was in too much sun, and so only 1 of the grafts took. This was a very poor success rate and I will try again next season. For now I left the scions nice and long. I will perhaps thread graft with some of them instead of approach grafts. I have had good success with that method on Celtis. In case you are wondering, I did a final prune now just as the leaves were changing colour. Pruning at this point will not stimulate new growth but will prepare the tree for spring. I did not wire either as the spring sap flow is generally so vigorous that any wire will bite in deeply within 2 weeks.
    2 weeks ago
  • Needs to fill out on the left some more, it's a little off balance.

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