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  • Peter Tea posted an blog were he said that pines need to dry out between waterings.Can someone help me with the 'dry' part!Must it be most or bone dry?
    2 days ago
    Gerald Randall Hannes, I agree with Terry. The number one cause of bonsai dying is incorrect watering. Young pines are sensitive to dry soil. They still need to be moist all the time. Older trees, can tolerate some drought, but NEVER cork dry. Pines have very unique roots, which do not like to be kept wet. The roots also like a lot of oxygen. By allowing the growing medium to dry out, air and hence oxygen is drawn into the soil. Great for pine roots. The soil does not have to be cork dry, it just has to dry out some. As it dries out, the water is replaced with the equal amount of air/oxygen. The more it dries the more, air is drawn in. So you can decide how dry you want the soil to become before you water again. But never too dry, it will damage the tree. Terry's rule around dry to the touch seems to be a great rule of thumb.
    7 hours 49 minutes ago
  • hannes shared a photo in Aleppo Pine Seedlings album
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    I've planted 340 seed on the 20 July and after 20 days they started to peep out.I shall post more pics as they get bigger.
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    Gerald Randall That is great success. Keep them moist, not wet. Are you using a fungicide? I can't remember where you said you got the seeds from.
    7 hours 47 minutes ago
  • Terry, thanks for the Bonsai Boost. I received it today and added to some of my trees. I will give you feedback on results. The feedback from other users are very positive, so I do not expect anything less.
    2 days ago
    Terry Erasmus Thanks Gerald, look forward to your comments in the future.
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  • Terry Erasmus comment on the photo _MG_2612
    That's a lot of realizations Kobus. Good job, I can see that you are in for the long haul. Don't worry your patience will be rewarded.
  • I have noticed that my black pine's sap has started to move over the last week. The candles has started to lengthen.
    2 days ago
  • Kobus comment on the photo _MG_2612
    Hi Terry, I'm not going to throw it away. I think I matured a bit during this year regarding my expectations from what can be achieved in a year. The one thing I learned this year is that bonsai...
  • Was informed yesterday that my 20 foot container of pots will soon be leaving the Far East. Only a couple months late! Oh well, I'm making lemonade in the meantime :)
    2 days ago
  • Terry, great article/newsletter on Layering. Check out Ken Mackaway's layering techniques. Tremendous 360 degree roots which are strong and very dense in 2 months. The best I've seen. Definitely worth getting his technique. It is great for species which tend to be tougher to layer. I have not layered a pine, but I'm told this works very well for JBP. Five months to layer a JBP, which is very good. I've not struggled with layers taking, but his technique definitely results in massive root volume.
    3 days ago
    Terry Erasmus Thanks Gerald.
    2 days ago
  • Terry Erasmus comment on the photo _MG_2612
    Hi Kobus, I did not suggest you throw it away. Just that your expectations of what will be done with it in the short term need to be realistic. By all means practise on it though. The trees I...
  • Kobus comment on the photo _MG_2612
    Hi Terry, I missed the club dig as it was washed out due to rain. I'm not going to chuck this one soon as I'm planning to test my carving skill and probably some grafting as well. I'm first going...
  • Shaun comment on the album Wild Olive
    Howzit Terry - just a note to say thanks for an awesome pot!
  • Shaun shared a photo in Wild Olive album
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    3 days ago
    Terry Erasmus Looks awesome Shaun! Stunning tree complemented by the right pot.
    3 days ago
  • Terry Erasmus shared 10 photos in Field grown Celtis Sinensis album
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    Here are a couple pics of celtis which I have grown from seed for several years. They have been grown on top of tiles to force their roots to spread out. Every 2 years or so I dig them up, sort out...
    4 days ago
    Terry Erasmus Thanks Gerald. Some of them in fact could have been put into containers this year but I have no space for them. I'm planning on building benches over the beds where they used to grow so I can display the imported Japanese trees which are for sale plus trees like this. I will have to sell some of these too though as there's so way I can keep so many of these fast growing trees without quitting my day job!
    2 days ago
  • Terry Erasmus comment on the photo IMG_20140813_145840
    Ha ha Andre. Nee jy het nie nonsens aan gejaag nie. Its good to experiment as this is how we learn. Sometimes our experiments work and sometimes not. What's important though is that we learn from...
  • Gerald Randall comment on the album General
    Diospyros mespiliformis, the Jackalberry (also known as African Ebony and by its Afrikaans name jakkalsbessie).
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    Gerald Randall Diospyros mespiliformis, the Jackalberry (also known as African Ebony and by its Afrikaans name jakkalsbessie).
    6 days ago
  • Terry Erasmus comment on the photo _MG_2612
    Kobus only the bottom 1/4 or so of this tree is worth working with. The rest is as straight as a javelin and will be very boring, visually. The problem then is that if you decide to eliminate the...
  • Gerald Randall comment on the album Jakkalsbessie stomp
    I agree, it is not that important and it certainly is not an argument. We can only see a certain view of this tree and thus it is difficult to judge. Just an interesting conversation.

    However,...
  • Terry Erasmus shared a photo in Terry Erasmus's Photos album
    These maples were dug by a friend and passionate bonsai artist. He was kind enough to donate them to me. The courier dropped them off today and the first step was to clean all the dirt off of the roots. Actually, working with collected trees is the subject of my next newsletter so if it's a subject you're interested in please sign up and you'll receive it in a bit more than a week.
    These maples were dug by a friend and passionate bonsai artist. He was kind enough to donate them to me. The courier dropped them off today and the first step was to clean all the dirt off of the roots. Actually, working with collected trees is the subject of my next newsletter so if it's a subject you're interested in please sign up and you'll receive it in a bit more than a week.
    6 days ago
  • Terry Erasmus shared a photo in Terry Erasmus's Photos album
    It's moving day tomorrow for my Celtis field grown stock. The trees I have now been developing for over 10 years will be moved to a farm in Elgin. A friend was kind enough to provide ample space and water. They will also get a great view of the farm to top it off. I'm sure they're gonna be happy plus I get to build more benches to put even more trees onto!
    It's moving day tomorrow for my Celtis field grown stock. The trees I have now been developing for over 10 years will be moved to a farm in Elgin. A friend was kind enough to provide ample space and water. They will also get a great view of the farm to top it off. I'm sure they're gonna be happy plus I get to build more benches to put even more trees onto!
    6 days ago
    Gerald Randall Thanks for clarifying. I did wonder as they did not look like Celtis. But I figured I would take your word for it.

    The farm I refer to is actually a nursery which grows mature trees. Larger than two meters and then up from there. I know some of the CBK have more than 150 trees there. I think it is a private arrangement not a club arrangement.

    I'm fortunate to have some space in our garden so I have a couple of hundred trees growing in the ground at the moment. I do think, but for two or three, they still have at least 3-5 years to go in the ground.

    I agree with you, you want the trees close to you. Don't have to look at them daily, but you have to see them at least every two weeks. Just to make sure they are getting the care and sustenance they need. It is a big loss when you have worked for years on a tree and it dies because or neglect.

    Enjoy the move.
    6 days ago
  • Terry Erasmus comment on the album Jakkalsbessie stomp
    Andre, it would be interesting to see comparative photos but as Gerald says, it's not that important. Unless the species react differently to techniques of course.
  • Andre comment on the album Jakkalsbessie stomp
    Ek gaan met niemand stry nie want soos ek genoem het, ek twyfel ook! Maar wat ek wel gaan doen is om n paar fotos te plaas om te wys hoe naby aan mekaar die twee spesies regtig is, dit is amper...
  • Gerald Randall comment on the album Jakkalsbessie stomp
    I do not know a jakkalsbessie at all. If I had to give an opinion, I would also think it is a Brush Cherry. Shape and colour if the leaves, the colour if the shoots, the bark colour and texture,...
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  • Jaco Kriek comment on the album Jakkalsbessie stomp
    My opinion, definitely Brush Cherry.
  • Andre comment on the album Jakkalsbessie stomp
    Hi Terry
    Ek dink nog steeds dit is n Jakkalsbessie maar ek gaan nie met jou stry nie want jy het my nou ook al aan die wonder. Die twee spesies die Jakkalsbessie en Brush Cherry lyk baie dieselfde...
  • Andre comment on the photo IMG_20140813_145840
    Hi Terry
    Ja dit lyk so. Die onderste 40mm is skoon riviersand vir beter dreinering, bo op dit is die groei mengsel bestaan uit twee derdes sand en n derde boom bas, die baie sand in die mix het ek...
  • Finally made the plunge and purchased a chainsaw. Stihl still has their winter promotion running and they had a nice entry level model which I thought was suitable. It's going to be a big help when you have a lot of field grown stock or if you are into collecting trees.
    1 week ago
  • Terry Erasmus comment on the photo IMG_20140813_145840
    Andre, looks like you have planted this brush cherry into pure sand? Any particular reason?
  • Terry Erasmus comment on the photo _MG_2509
    Just thought I would mention that elms can very easily be grown from root cuttings too. So if you repot an elm and want more elms just keep the roots of around pencil thickness and thicker. Plant...
  • Andre comment on the photo IMG_20140813_142739
    Hy het nuwe groei begin uitstoot en ek het my kans waargeneem! Die eerste oorplanting vir die nuwe seisoen. Ek het vir my n bak gebou met oorskied plywood en hom geverf met twee lae "stone chip 100".

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