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  • Once again winter is approaching , and the bonsai have started to go into hibernation, going to be a long winter of not much happening , but always on the lookout for new stock .
    7 hours 17 minutes ago
  • To anybody that doesn't know, Stone Lantern will be having a sale on the 23rd, to make space for the new stock they are getting in.
    5 days ago
    Gerald Randall Pitty I'm not there. Post some picks.
    3 days ago
  • If any of you are not following my trip to Japan, you can do so now with this link: www.icloud.com/photostream/
    2 weeks ago
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    7yr old bougainvillea tropical rainbow, over potted to develop roots, considering repotting as a semi-cascade in future once more roots can be exposed
    View location 3 weeks ago
  • I really like this material. Looking forward to what you will do with it. Enjoy :)
  • Kyle macaskill shared 9 photos in some of my bonsai album
    Firethorn, from seed 2013, cascade training, no wiring as of yet
    Karoo boerbean,  12 yrs old
    Weeping boerbean, 5yrs old mame
    Acacia sweet thorn , 2012 from seed
    Pomegranate nana,  from cutting 2013, broom style
    Focus benjamina "Hawaii" , 5yrs old
    Black monkey thorn about 8 years old
    Bladder nut , about 6yrs old from bishopsford this year
    Just a few photos of some of my trees , Still work in progress .....
    View location 3 weeks ago
    Terry Erasmus Thanks for sharing Kyle
    3 weeks ago
  • Kyle macaskill shared 2 photos in rescued ficus from aunt album
    Update on ficus2, almost a year on from when I got it still in wiring process.
    Update on ficus, almost a year on from when I.got it
    ficus given to me by my aunt , from her interest in bonsai over 17 years ago , from bishops ford bonsai, trees now between 25 and 30 yrs old
    View location 3 weeks ago
    Kyle macaskill Yes , unfortunately my aunt never repotted then the pots were so root bound that there was hardly any soil and had to cut a lot away they were left unattended in the plastic pots for several years , with minimal attention , the big focus was supposed to be root over rock but the rock was too small so removed for the root to expose them , they were not fertilized as the should have been , and hidden in her garden amongst her pot plants , with her intention to bonsai then 17 years ago when she got then , I received 4, but the one didn't survive the extreme root pruning as the other 3 have . Yes I do agree they are small for their age .
    3 weeks ago
  • Hi guys , I have found a Japanese pine frowning in someone's garden, unfortunately it is way to big to turn into a bonsai, have collect a few seeds , just not sure which Japanese pine it is , was wondering if a pine would be prone to propagation from a truncheon cut, or would I have to a smaller . I think it might be a black pine due to the bark structure and needling . Any a dive would be grateful
    3 weeks ago
    Terry Erasmus Ok, 6m might pose a challenge to even the most fanatical! Best leave it and enjoy it where it is then hey. That it is 80 years old tells me it is even more unlikely to be a JBP as bonsai has only been around in South Africa for the last 40 odd years so I would ask how did a JBP seedling or otherwise end up in this persons garden. It's most likely one of the plantation pines, they too have very nice plated bark. The needles are generally very long and thin, and tend to be rather soft unlike JBP which are fairly long, stiff and prickly on the tips. The needles are also a lot thicker.
    3 weeks ago
  • tim flack shared a photo in tim flack's Photos album
    Initial styling on my Hinoki Cypress. Opened up a bit and removed some akward branches to let light and air in. They dont readily backbud once the growth has hardened off. Wired now as the branches are very supple and need time to set. At least now the wire is on longer and the grown has slowed down quite a bit. Taken plenty cuttings all sitting in various types of cutting methods. Some in honey, some just in the medium, some with dynaroot, and a few in water with superthrive added.
    Initial styling on my Hinoki Cypress. Opened up a bit and removed some akward branches to let light and air in. They dont readily backbud once the growth has hardened off. Wired now as the branches are very supple and need time to set. At least now the wire is on longer and the grown has slowed down quite a bit. Taken plenty cuttings all sitting in various types of cutting methods. Some in honey, some just in the medium, some with dynaroot, and a few in water with superthrive added.
    3 weeks ago
    Terry Erasmus Good luck Tim. I don't know much about Hinko so wishing you all the best. One thing I would like to suggest is that you keep an eye on the area in the apex where you have 3 branches emerging from the same spot. At the moment the tree is probably too thin for it to be a problem, and perhaps you still plan to shorten the tree in the future, however 3 branches emerging from the same spot on any tree will result in a bulge which will be very difficult to rectify. So you need to eliminate 1 branch at some point in time.
    3 weeks ago
  • ray
    Hey guys been hunting now for a couple of weeks for lights to grow a few bonsai indoor during winter. My flat has very little light and will definitely require grow lights. Problem is they too dam expensive. Any one have a cheaper DIY version I could try? Or perhaps a place I could get second hand? I live in Johannesburg.
    4 weeks ago
    ray Thanks Kyle will go have a look on gumtree thanks for the tips. Tim its not a permanent move. Just for winter. Especially for my seedlings. I don't have the facilities to put up a greenhouse or anything due to the fact that i live in a complex with very limited space. Just worried about the cold months coming soon. Other than that all my trees live outside.
    3 weeks ago
  • Amazing app for Android it is called bonsai garden , by droidreloaded has several south African plants , and it is free , very informative , give it a try
    4 weeks ago
  • I had a little peek at my Catlin Elm a few days ago, and there are roots! Just gonna wait till around July/August to do the chop, since thats the repotting months. Also, my corkbark elm cuttings are taking well.
    4 weeks ago
  • Visited a bonsai nursery over the weekend. Found some really amazing imported white pines for what I consider well priced. They are between 30-50 years old. if I had my benches up and had created the garden we plan to, I would certainly have bought one or two. Very small needles with full foliage. Obviously have to be trained properly to give full effect to the trees.
    1 month ago
    Gerald Randall Terry, I'm not sure what the place is called. A bit hidden away and obscure. My wife found it and took me there. When I have time I'll pass by there and see what it is called. Some trees have reasonable taper, while others have certainly been shortened. Unfortunately, leaving some scars. In some trees this can be used in the design.
    3 weeks ago
  • Kyle macaskill shared 2 photos in baobab seedling , album
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    collected seeds from malawi in 2013, first of this years crop......
    View location 1 month ago
    Gerald Randall As is always the case with bonsai growers. I have been in JHB for three weeks and been to as many bonsai nurseries already. Last weekend I visited a nursery who import orchards and bonsai from Thailand.m I found the trees to be somewhat commercial, but some nice Tea Trees. However, they do habpve some local species too. They had a selection of baobab which was rather impressive.
    1 month ago
  • Hi Gerald, hope.the move went well, and the trees are adjusting to the new climate change. I am just wondering, out of the trees I got from you, there was a lill pine tree, can you remember what species of pine it was? Regards Kyle
    1 month ago
    Kyle macaskill Thank you for the info Gerald, I will keep you posted on the trees progression during the upcoming season, I am looking forward to start styling some of the elms that I got from you , and the juniper cuttings have taken off , planning on open.grounding then for faster development , regards Kyle . P.s if you are close to the east rand , there is a nursery near east rand mall called flora farm , they have so amazing Japanese maples and pines as well as some mature bag stock. Well worth a visit .
    1 month ago
  • Terry Erasmus comment on the photo Before defoliation
    Thanks Marinda. One of those which i grew from seed. Still has a long way to go but I have a better idea of where I want to go with it, so now I can focus more energy on it.
  • Terry Erasmus comment on the photo Before defoliation
  • Dirk I'm not at all knowledgeable about rosemary as bonsai but I believe I have heard they are not easy subjects. I'm sorry to see yours is not looking good but unfortunately I cannot offer any...
  • 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.
    1 month ago
    Terry Erasmus Dirk I'm not at all knowledgeable about rosemary as bonsai but I believe I have heard they are not easy subjects. I'm sorry to see yours is not looking good but unfortunately I cannot offer any meaningful advice other than perhaps reduce watering and don't feed. See if it pulls through.
    1 month 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...........
    1 month ago
    Kyle macaskill Hi dirk, as far as i have read up , rosemary is a very finicky plant to work with , I have spoken to the head Gardner where I work and he has said that they tend to die back quite severely when pruned so pruning should be kept to about 1/3,of the leaf mass, and prune only after new growth appears. I personally haven't tried to bonsai rosemary. Hope it helps for the next one . Kyle
    1 month 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.
    1 month ago
    Terry Erasmus Gail used to grow them from seed but stopped from what I know, several years ago. I import red, black and white pine from Japan. They are styled trees and start from around R10k
    4 weeks ago
  • 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...
    1 month 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.....
    1 month ago
  • Hey Gerald. Which part of JHB have you moved too? I'm in the west, close to rooderpoort.
    1 month 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.
    1 month 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.
    1 month ago
  • Bill shared a photo in Bill's Photos album
    Can anyone identify this tree / bush?
    Can anyone identify this tree / bush?
    1 month ago
    tim flack Looks like a wild olive to me hey those leaves are very thin and long.
    1 month 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...

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