Latest Tweets

This red pine was decandled too late last season. Fortunately it has bounced back thanks to BonsaiBoost. http://t.co/MatjeqGdkX

Members Login

or  Sign in with Facebook

Get Connected!

  • Make new friends of bonsai enthusiasts from around South Africa
  • View other artist's bonsai and learn from them through commenting, asking questions and group discussions
  • Share photos and videos of your own trees and other bonsai activities
  • Hosting a club or personal event? Do it here and reach a large audience

Recent activities

  • how long can raffia stay on a branch of a pine before it starts to hinder the sap flow?
    3 days ago
    Brett Simon Hey Hannes
    I would say it should rot off before that ever happens. I have had some on a pine of mine for almost two years with no ill health to that branch.
    yesterday
  • I want to do some grafting on a White Pine. I have grown some of the sub branches fairly long and want to graft them onto other branches and possibly the trunk. When is the best time to do this? Can I use both hard and soft wood for the graft? Some of the branches I want to use as the donor are not very mature yet. I want to assure the best results as this is a fairly old White Pine and I may not have a second chance with these grafts.
    less than a minute ago
    Gerald Randall Thnx Brett. I downloaded the clip. I downloaded a cole of others on grafting also. Across the board it seems to be autumn or when the tree is dormant. I will follow that approach.
    11 hours 39 minutes ago
  • Terry Erasmus shared a photo in Terry Erasmus's Photos album
    This is not bonsai related but seeing as I am this websites admin I will allow myself a little freedom. Meet Theo David Erasmus, the new addition to the Erasmus family.
    This is not bonsai related but seeing as I am this websites admin I will allow myself a little freedom. Meet Theo David Erasmus, the new addition to the Erasmus family.
    less than a minute ago
    Terry Erasmus Thanks Kobus and Sulaiman
    6 days ago
  • Hey Terry

    First of all congratulations on the birth of your child...
    The fast draining mix has done the same for my olives that were collected last year. Amazing to see the growth. The bonsai...
  • Terry Erasmus shared a photo in Terry Erasmus's Photos album
    Hi Kobus, this is one of the trees but they all look like this.
    Hi Kobus, this is one of the trees but they all look like this.
    1 week ago
  • Very nice flowers!
  • Ha ha Sulaiman, do you eat a lot of Nando's sauce? Very nice stock tree, when you gonna style it ;)
  • A small bottle of Nando's for size
  • Sulaiman Galant shared 2 photos in Sulaiman Galant's Photos album
    Pomegranate- 40+ yrs old
    Azalea - Red big Flowers 50-70mm
    1 week ago
  • Terry Erasmus shared a photo in Terry Erasmus's Photos album
    This is the root growth of an olive collected 1 year. Growing medium is LECA and peat. As soon as it started showing growth I began using BonsaiBoost. I've only seen rapid root development like this on trident maple. What is your opinion?
    This is the root growth of an olive collected 1 year. Growing medium is LECA and peat. As soon as it started showing growth I began using BonsaiBoost. I've only seen rapid root development like this on trident maple. What is your opinion?
    1 week ago
    Terry Erasmus Thanks Brett. Quite the adventure I must say! What was interesting for me is that the mix with either milled bark or peat produced pretty much the same results from what I can tell.
    less than a minute ago
  • Does anyone know where I can get rooting hormone gel in the Western Cape. I know it is used extensively for hydroponics, but I can't seem to locate a hydroponics equipment supplier in the Western Cape. I have some juniper cuttings I want to test it on. Apparently great for cuttings.
    1 week ago
    Gerald Randall Terry, I have liquid and powder hormones, but for what I want to do I need the gel. I'm picking it up tomorrow with a couple of other products. I was looking for one of two specific products, but they are made in Australia or USA. I'm actually looking for Dyna Gro, but it is a USA product. There is a supplier in JHB. I may pick some up when next I'm in JHB. Which is next week.
    I am using a local substitute in the meantime. I want to try something new. Once I know what the results are, I will let you know.
    1 week ago
  • Terry Erasmus shared a photo in Terry Erasmus's Photos album
    2 weeks ago
    Kobus Hi Terry, some nice colour and textures.
    2 weeks ago
  • Gerald Randall shared a photo in Gerald Randall's Photos album
    These pics are of a maple, but the technique works for all trees. The reality is that some trees are easy to layer, but getting a consistent and dense root ball is not always as easy. This technique assists with that. Also, JBP layers in 5 months. i.e. one growing season.
    These pics are of a maple, but the technique works for all trees.  The reality is that some trees are easy to layer, but getting a consistent and dense root ball is not always as easy.  This technique assists with that.  Also, JBP layers in 5 months. i.e. one growing season.
    2 weeks ago
  • Gerald Randall shared a photo in Gerald Randall's Photos album
    I am posting these pictures of a very successful layering technique which was created by Ray Mackaway from Australia. I said to Ray the logic of the technique is very simple and having read his books, I ask myself why I have not thought of it myself, as I do many layers every year. But the results are just tremendous. If you want to know how to get this root flare and root mass after 6 weeks, I propose you order his ebooks. Ray can be contacted on [email protected]
    I am posting these pictures of a very successful layering technique which was created by Ray Mackaway from Australia.  I said to Ray the logic of the technique is very simple and having read his books, I ask myself why I have not thought of it myself, as I do many layers every year. But the results are just tremendous.  If you want to know how to get this root flare and root mass after 6 weeks, I propose you order his ebooks.  Ray can be contacted on mackray@aanet.com.au
    2 weeks ago
  • Wolfgang Rohloff shared 4 photos in Wolf's Bonsai album
    IMG_20140701_152958
    IMG_20140828_224407
    IMG_20140831_165118
    IMG_20140904_173623
    Bonsai in my posession.
    2 weeks ago
    Terry Erasmus Thanks for sharing Wolfgang
    2 weeks ago
  • Normally around this time I start getting ready for potting my ficus. By mid to late September I am potting. I know that some only pot their Ficus later in the year. I have two root over rock which I will only lift in November. Is end of September fine for repotting ficus? Never had any issues, but just wondered if the recovery and growth is better if left for Oct or Nov.
    2 weeks ago
    Terry Erasmus The amount of trees which can be kept by any grower is in my opinion proportional to the amount of time they have available to work on them and also at what stage of development they are at. So if one is primarily growing stock it's fine to have hundreds of trees and they are very forgiving regards timing. However when you have refined trees it's no longer possible as not attending to them at the correct time (and by time I refer to what the tree is doing and the technique which should be applied then) might set back the development of the tree. For example if you don't decandle a pine at the right time the results are not going to be pleasing and could weaken the tree. With a maple, if you don't prune the new growth in spring at the right time it will just continue to extend and will become too think ruining the delicate network of twigs you may have built up.
    My solution to this is that as my trees become more and more development I reduce their quantity.
    2 weeks ago
  • Terry Erasmus shared a photo in Terry Erasmus's Photos album
    One of my wisteria is almost in full bloom
    One of my wisteria is almost in full bloom
    2 weeks ago
  • Terry Erasmus shared a photo in Terry Erasmus's Photos album
    It's not and never will be a bonsai, but you can still appreciate azalea for their flowers.
    It's not and never will be a bonsai, but you can still appreciate azalea for their flowers.
    2 weeks ago
  • Hallo Gerald,yes they are not indigenous to SA.They make very nice bonsais.I've collected it from a plantation but they are very difficult to find.Thats why I'm planting them for myself and some...
  • Are they growing in your area? They are not indigenous to the area. Was it part of a plantation?
  • Gerald Randall comment on the photo WP_20140830_002
    Are you selling the seedlings?
  • hannes shared 2 photos in Aleppo PIne (Mediteranean Red Pine) album
    WP_20140810_004
    WP_20140810_003
    This pine I collected last year and only now started to work on it.
    View location 2 weeks ago
    Terry Erasmus Hannes you are correct in saying there are many pines that can be used for bonsai. JBP, JWP and JRP are all indigenous to Japan and are plentiful so this explains why so much is known about them as far as techniques. In the USA they do use a lot of the pines you have mentioned in your last comment. If you are in need of advice then you should join one of the forums in the USA as I'm sure they will be able to give you some advice.
    However as Gerald said, some species are just not conducive to bonsai cultivation for some or other reason. This does not mean you should not try them, experiment with them etc however I have found a natural progression in myself as a bonsai grower in that I now ask myself if the effort is worth the reward. This helps me to eliminate not only species which are difficult or slow etc, but also specific trees with less desirable qualities which I believe would take long to remedy.
    For some people bonsai is about having a mini nursery though with hundreds of the same specie, others want one specimen of species of Japanese maple. If your ambition is to grow every type of pine you can lay your hands on then enjoy yourself. I think you will naturally become selective afterwards.
    2 weeks ago
  • hannes comment on the photo WP_20140830_002
    Thanks Gerald now I must just get them growing.Damping off is still my worry but sow far sow good!!!I've planted this weekend 600 more.I've got same buyers for them.
  • Gerald Randall comment on the photo WP_20140830_002
    Hannes, that is impressive. I have not had great success with my seedlings this year. Neither my winter cuttings. I have been so busy with work related activities that I have seriously neglected...
  • hannes shared a photo in Aleppo Pine Seedlings album
    WP_20140830_002
    a month later!!
    View location 3 weeks ago
    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.
    4 weeks ago
  • Terry, It appears as my pine has small male catkins and needle candles. As this shot is close up I can't see if this tree has needle candles. I probably need to go and read a bit more about the...
  • Terry Erasmus shared a photo in General Bonsai Album album
    image
    Just a random collection of images pertaining to my favourite hobby, bonsai tree's.
    3 weeks ago
    Terry Erasmus Winter pruned this past weekend, this little elm forest grown from root cuttings planted onto a natural slab always brings joy to me at this time of the year. Lots of energy in it I think although it's hard to capture in a photo.
    4 months ago
  • Terry Erasmus shared a photo in Terry Erasmus's Photos album
    Just for you Kobus. Some male catkins on a Japanese Black Pine.
    Just for you Kobus. Some male catkins on a Japanese Black Pine.
    3 weeks ago
    Kobus Terry, It appears as my pine has small male catkins and needle candles. As this shot is close up I can't see if this tree has needle candles. I probably need to go and read a bit more about the growing cycle op pines. Thanks for the photo Terry, I appreciate it.
    3 weeks ago
  • Good morning all bonsai enthusiast, can you please post some pics of your trees new growth as the new life of a tree is so beautiful. Terry and I hope you can take some pics of your pines. Good day all.
    3 weeks ago
  • Gerald Randall comment on the photo image
    Thanks Terry. Hence the use of the word 'apparently' in my text. I do not see the value either, but unfortunately it would seem a lot of the reading material I have been going through seems to...
  • Terry Erasmus comment on the photo image
    Gerald, apologies if you know this already but let me just explain the colander method then for other readers. The benefit to planting a tree into a colander has to do with the root ball. What...
  • Gerald Randall comment on the photo image
    Apparently, it contains the roots and as such creates a far more dense root ball. Also apparently easier to lift. I can't prove it. Never tried it, hence the question. A lot written about it, but...
  • Terry Erasmus comment on the photo image
    Gerald whats the point of using a colander if its placed into the ground?
  • Gerald Randall comment on the photo image
    Thanks Terry. I have seen colanders used in and out of the ground. I was just wondering. I am in your court on this. I am also a field grower. I do not unfortunately have the time to spend....
  • Terry Erasmus comment on the photo image
    Gerald, that's a good question. I tried the colander approach once a couple years ago. To be fair I did not try it long enough but what I did experience is that one needs to use a fast draining...

Newsletter subscribe