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  • Where are you keeping the tree? It will need to be outside, and watered every morning, fertilise every 2 weeks with something like nitrosol, and bonsai boost placed on the soil and replaced every...
  • Barend shared a photo in Barend's Photos album
    Hi guys, I need some advice re my wild olive trees. You can see the spots and blotches on the leaves. Any idea what causes this? Thanks, much appreciated.
    Hi guys, I need some advice re my wild olive trees. You can see the spots and blotches on the leaves. Any idea what causes this? Thanks, much appreciated.
    17 hours 35 minutes ago
    tim flack Where are you keeping the tree? It will need to be outside, and watered every morning, fertilise every 2 weeks with something like nitrosol, and bonsai boost placed on the soil and replaced every 2 months. Also how long has it been in the pot?
    11 hours 56 minutes ago
  • Here's an interesting post from Nichigo Bonsai blog on Monterey pine. Seems like a difficult wee beasty to tame. Good luck, will be great to see it develop. In the land down under they grow them...
  • Hi guys it is a pinus radiata, received this in a bunch of trees from Gerald before his move to joburg,
  • Is it not one of the plantation pines Tim? The juvenile growth certainly looks like that but I'm not sure either.
  • I've seen this species I can't remember the exact name, however. The small needles you see are juvenile foliage, you can keep it on the tree by pruning off any adult (regular long needles and...
  • tim flack shared a photo in tim flack's Photos album
    Some bonsai supplies. .. For the upcoming reporting season, at least I have in stock for my smaller trees, 1 bag peat, 2 bags professional bonsai soil ( it's course sand and peat I imagine,) I use it for my other plants, like bulbs and in soil in the garden, used it last year also for my trees. And a bag of lecca. I seriously reccomend you try the lecca peat mix, especially with larger trees, it's SO light and mixes well, non organic mediums cut out certain problems and bonsai love it.
    Some bonsai supplies. .. For the upcoming reporting season,  at least I have in stock for my smaller trees, 1 bag peat, 2 bags professional bonsai soil ( it's course sand and peat I imagine,) I use it for my other plants, like bulbs and in soil in the garden, used it last year also for my trees. And a bag of lecca. I seriously reccomend you try the lecca peat mix, especially with larger trees, it's SO light and  mixes well, non organic mediums cut out certain problems and bonsai love it.
    yesterday
    Terry Erasmus The professional mix is actually LECA, peat and graded silica grit in a 80:15:5 sort of ratio. I agree completely on the non organic mixes Tim. I am using pure perlite (large particles) for some trees including pines and they are loving it. Can't say it's better than LECA yet, but it does work well.
    yesterday
  • Added 9 new development trees to my collection today... 2 hinoki cypress and 7 Chinese maples (thanks Terry, already looking at what I'm going to do with them) I've promised myself I'm not buying anymore this year, will see how that goes... I need pots tho for some trunk stock. Decisions decisions. Oh yes! Lecca and peat mix from Terry, well packaged and incredibly light!!! definitely moving to non organic mediums from soil.
    yesterday
    Terry Erasmus Good luck on the not buying idea! Ha ha ha. Famous last words I'd say. Thanks for the purchases Tim.
    yesterday
  • Terry Erasmus shared a photo in Terry Erasmus's Photos album
    Autumn needle and bud reduction on a Japanese Red Pine.
    Autumn needle and bud reduction on a Japanese Red Pine.
    yesterday
    tim flack *decandled Later On.
    19 hours ago
  • tim flack shared a photo in tim flack's Photos album
    Here is a shohin persimmon, this is the autumn colours they get, I would as always suggest field growing, even for shohin size, (cut down and approach graft/bud graft onto a fatter trunk that has fattened with sacrifice branches etc.) Enjoy mine is in the fridge will be field growing in spring.
    Here is a shohin persimmon, this is the autumn colours they get, I would as always suggest field growing, even for shohin size, (cut down and approach graft/bud graft onto a fatter trunk that has fattened with sacrifice branches etc.) Enjoy mine is in the fridge will be field growing in spring.
    2 days ago
  • Hi everyone! Hope all are well. I remember someone posted about wanting a persimmon as a bonsai, while the princess persimmon is well suited to bonsai, a cultivar we have in South Africa is Diaspyros Sharon ( not the ladies name, rather the plain in Israel it originated said sha ron). Another is Diaspyros Kaki, you know the two as Sharon is always sweet, and Kaki is very astringent when not ripe. (You'll know it's astringent trust me) they are easy to grow from seed provided you use the followin
    2 days ago
    Terry Erasmus Thanks for posting this Tim. I hope there are a few people who take your suggestions and plant some of these. It's a very popular bonsai subject in Japan for its autumn Colours, bark Colours and the fruit.
    yesterday
  • Terry Erasmus shared a photo in Terry Erasmus's Photos album
    Japanese maple with spent leaves and BonsaiBoost sachets removed. Displaying it in the house a couple days to enjoy it without leaves on.
    Japanese maple with spent leaves and BonsaiBoost sachets removed. Displaying it in the house a couple days to enjoy it without leaves on.
    5 days ago
  • 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 .
    6 days ago
    Kyle macaskill Thanks for the offer once again if you don't mind me asking , how much you are asking for the maples , I am currently on holiday up west , doing a road trip of inner western cape, I am still interested in a tree or two , depending on the price as my wife has capped my bonsai budget , sigh....
    yesterday
  • 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.
    2 weeks ago
    Gerald Randall Pitty I'm not there. Post some picks.
    1 week 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 4 weeks ago
    Terry Erasmus Thanks for sharing Kyle
    4 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 4 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 .
    4 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
    4 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.
    4 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.
    4 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.
    4 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.
    1 month 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.
    4 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
    1 month 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.
    1 month 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.
    4 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

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