Second wiring and defoliation of this hackberry for the season so far. http://t.co/GxikYWUsHM
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This is another album showing the development of another of this species which I have grown for some years now in the ground from seed, and have not finally planted into a pot.16 hours 25 minutes agoTerry Erasmus This is the 2nd time this season that this shohin Hackberry is defoliated and wired. Its a very strong grower and no fertilizer has been applied yet since dormancy ended. I might fit one more defoliation in this season, and then the final trim will be in autumn. Its all about short internodal distances and with a tree of this size if you do not achieve it you are wasting your time and will have to start again. So yeah, lots of work when you have 70 trees!16 hours 15 minutes agoTerry Erasmus comment on the photo Before any work was started. Owner Brian Young - Wild OliveGary Howes comment on the photo Before any work was started. Owner Brian Young - Wild OliveHallo Terry,ek het gelees dat cat litter ook kan gebruik word soos akadama.Het jy al getry en wat dink jy?Wat gebruik jy als vir jou pines se grond mengsels en hoeveel van wat?2 days agoTerry Erasmus I have not tried cat litter. I use crushed LECA and peat/milled pine bark. I am still working out the ratio but for pines I would not use more than 50% of either component or it might become too moisture retentive. However soil mixes are very difficult to state a one size fits all solution. If its drier where you live then you can use the same ingredients but need to adjust the ratio accordingly ie more bark. Dont use sand as its got no use in the mix other than to weigh the tree down (which you dont need as you should be wiring the tree into the pot) and dont use compost as this give the tree too much food and any time it wants it. You need to control this. Peat and bark as pretty much sterile mediums. A prominent person in the bonsai community is much against the use of bark as he claims it absorbs nitrogen when it decays. Well I am not using fresh bark, its mature, so I think most of this process has taken place. However if you use a good quality imported peat (black in colour and very fine) this is inert I think.15 hours 48 minutes agoA new bonsai club has just been formed to serve interested individuals in the Secunda area. Chris van de Vyver at Secunda Bonsai Kai can be contacted on 074 571 3318 or [email protected]
Best of luck guys with the club and be sure to join up with SABA so you can enjoy the benefits this affiliation will offer.2 days ago2 days agoTerry Erasmus comment on the photo Before any work was started. Owner Brian Young - Wild OliveI bought this elm as a very young tree from Rudi about 8 years ago. After planting it in the ground for a number of years, lifting it and pruning every couple years I decided to lift it and start...View location 3 days agoTerry Erasmus I can quite imagine that your trees will grow very well with water from your koi pond! There is a lot of nutrients in that water as you point out. I would be a little cautious of allowing ficus to grow too long in the ground without cutting the roots as they will take hold pretty quick in my opinion.4 months agoGary Howes comment on the photo Before any work was started. Owner Brian Young - Wild OliveHi, I’m a novise bonsai collector and would really like to grow a tree from seed.
The only success sofar being a Corral Tree (Erythrina lysistemon) and an Acacia sieberiana (Papierbasdoring) both from seeds germinated in a saucer on my windowsill.
There are many theories out there ranging from soaking seeds in water overnight, to storing them in the freezer to simulate the change in season. I’ve tried both methods with no success, what would you recommend?1 week agoGerald Randall Jaco, I agree with Terry. Growing from seed is very fulfilling, but as the primary source of your stock it is a long road. Species which are easy to grow from seed are elms, Celtis and acacia. Make sure you collect fresh seed. I have not had great success by buying my seed. Collecting seedlings or growing my own from collected seed has been more reliable sources of seedlings. Also do not be afraid to make cuttings and airlayers. Also, not short term solutions, but faster than seedlings generally. If you are to grow from seed, make sure you have the right equipment and process. I have this year set up two greenhouses for cuttings and seed germination. The correct preparation of the seed and the correct growing medium does also make a significant difference. If you want to grow any of the above species I mention and you require further guidance send me a message and I will give you some further pointers.6 days agoHallo Terry,ek het so 4mnde terug n Jerusalem pine uitgehaal by n vriend.Tans staan hy net doodstil sien amper niks nuwe groei nie.Ek het vandag geloer na sy wortels en gesien daars n paar wat vrot.Ek het hom toe in n meer free draining soil oorgeplant maar daar was ook wit nuwe wortels wat begin groei.Moet ek hom n bietjie super strive gee of moet ek maar net meer geduldig wees en seker maak hy kry nie teveel water nie?1 week agoTerry Erasmus Evergreens will often take time before they show evidence of an event which occured several weeks ago. That you are not seeing any new growth does not surprise me. Just keep it alive is the main thing for now. Using some superthrive or disprin or something which will help the tree to cope with the stress is a very good idea. A very fast draining mix, high in Leca or something similar will work very well on collected trees. The roots will be afforded lots of oxygen and the development of new roots will thus be promoted.1 week ago