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I arrived in JHB today, my trees arrive on Wednesday. Gave them a great Super Thrive dunk yesterday. Late afternoon they received Wilt Prufe. Had a look this morning. They look ready for the trip ahead. When my trees arrive, we have officially moved to JHB.2 hours ago
I consider this my first legitimate attempt. The one before I realised I was just getting the hang of the wiring and techniques used. All comments welcome.View location 3 hours 38 minutes ago2 days agoGerald Randall Looks great. Been a bit busy, and have not read the newsletter. I may be hopeful, but I by chance learned something new a couple of weeks ago. With me moving house, I have been forced to remove some of the field grown trees. One was a chines maple. It had four airlayers on it, which I removed, then reduced the height of the tree and removed the tree. Not the ideal time of year. So I improvised. I have a wood glue based sealant. I applied to the cuts as usual. To guard against the loss of moisture, I defoliated most of the tree and wrapped the stem in cling wrap. Within a week 20% of the cut had closed already. Under the cling wrap. I have removed the cling wrap subsequently as some leaves had stated growing under the cling wrap. I have tried it on other cuts and the cling wrap definitely seems to make a difference. Maybe it is all my impressin of the situation, but it certainly does make sense from a biological perspective also. I have tested with various growers and some do the same, especially on large cuts.2 hours 6 minutes agoClose up of leaves. Trying to identify this species of shrub.Hey guys. Trying to I.D a tree/shrub. Please ignore wiring as this was my first tree i had. Had no wiring skills at the time so its very untidy. Anyway guy i got it from said its an escalanta pink. Never heard of it and can't find any info on that name. It grows fast, has small leaves and an awesome root system. It only cost 10 bucks so it works well to practice on.less than a minute agoray Thanks Kyle. That narrows it down. Boxwood makes sense. And you right it does grow extremely fast. I don't know how to post a picture to this thread but I did upload a picture of the leaves On my profile. If you have a chance can you go have a look. Hopefully you can help. Thanks4 days agoMy smallest Bonsai yet! Its been in the pot for 2 years. So proud of this guyless than a minute agoMy very first Cedar tree. If anyone can help with the exact specimen name, that would be great! The first image is how I got it, just as is from Potters Yard. This cedar had the most branches to...View location 1 week agoHi guys , what is the best way to weight down branches that are too thick to form with wire, other than using wire to pull down to the base of the tree or anchor point ? Is it also to late in the season for deciduous trees? Thanks1 week agoGerald Randall Kyle, it would be great if we can see the branch. I have over the last two seasons removed a couple of thick branches by air layering them. Starting over. However, weights can work also. But as Terry said, if you can't get movement with wire, it is likely that the branch is just going to bow. I tend to wire, create movement, then use wire, weight or clamp to bring the branch down. If it is too thick it will not move or just break. I then rather just start with a new branch.2 hours 18 minutes agoI have started using BonsaiBoost on one of my Widdringtonia cedabergensis (repotted yesterday after seeing new shoots appear), and on my cedar (also repotted yesterday). Looking forward to seeing the results it will bring. On my other Widdringtonia cedabergensis I have fertilizer balls from Olive Grove - this one is still in its original container.1 week agoShayn this is what can be found on wikipedia. This is a rare tree. Also they take 30 years to start producing seeds/cones. Which is why there was such an epidemic to get these trees planted and maintained. This is what I found. - http://www.plantzafrica.com/plantwxyz/widcedar.htm
And this is what I found on the capebonsaikai site regarding this tree.
"Widdringtonia cedarbergensis - Clanwilliam cedar
The other indigenous conifer and after which the Cedarberg is named. This lovely tree is very similar in leaf shape and nature to a cypress; is a vigorous grower but transplanting is a bit of a problem. W. bergensis and W. schwarzii are both too rare to collect from the wild, but W. nodiflora, which doesn't grow very tall, could make excellent multiitrunk plantings; easy to grow from seed."1 week agoHi Terry...on my Chinese Elm there are brown rings and scars from wire left on too long...its not that bad but does not look great....would like to fix ..any advice...maybe attempt a Shari ..?2 weeks agoTerry Erasmus Can you perhaps post some pictures of the damage you are refering to. I don't like deadwood on deciduous trees generally so I would suggest that as a last resort. But before I comment please post a pic or 2 so I can see what you are dealing with.2 weeks agoHey guys. Recently bought a black monkeythorn grouping. I tried my best not to mess to much with the roots because I know its the wrong time of year for repotting, but a week after repotting it started yellowing and dropping its leaves. It's lost allot of leaves and I'm worried its a goner.should I just leave it and hope it will start up again in spring? Any advice will be appreciated.2 weeks agoThanks to Terry for these awesome ceramics. Would definitely recommend you guys. Really nice quality considering they where really cheap. Still have not decided what to put in them yet. Any trees you guys would suggest?2 weeks agoJuniperus chinensis mint phoenix graft or Tanuki.First attempt at tanuki or phoenix graft. I know its frowned upon but when I found this dead wood I just had to give it a try. Left it to grow out now. Hopefully in a few years the trunk and branches will thicken up to fill the grooves carved in the back. Once the tree is established nicely ill style it.2 weeks agoTerry Erasmus Good idea to practice on some other wood. Carving takes a lot of time, and always be sure to wear appropriate eye and hand protection. For this sort of work you should actually be using a die grinder or even hand chisels. I think a Dremel is going to have to work very hard on this size pieces of wood, you may even burn it out.2 weeks ago3 weeks agoTerry Erasmus Ooops sorry Alex, was not clear on the photo what the wire was for. Well in that case then good job, sometimes its better to bring a branch down in this manner instead of using thick wire. Regarding your soil mix I would say based on what you have told me that it is a drainage problem. You need less organic material and more inorganic like stone etc. If you want something ready mixed you can consider my mix of milled bark and crushed silica: http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/item/176978765/Bonsai_Soil_Mix_2_Litre.html
Or you could add something like LECA to your existing mix. The LECA ratio would be anything up to 80% of your mix: http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/item/176614368/2_Litre_Bonsai_LECA.html2 weeks agoTerry Erasmus I am no expert on this species but I have found them to be slightly temperamental. I would work cautiously on their roots, I don't think they like for them to be disturbed much. My advice would be to create a fun planting with all three. Perhaps a piece of slate or a forest type pot, perhaps some miniature grasses or ground covers, a nice stone or 3 and make a landscape or saikei. Enjoy the trees for their flowers and don't try to fit them into the conventional bonsai styles.2 months agoTerry, I have not been to your online shop in some time. I notice you have expanded your product range. I also notice that all your artist and exhibition quality pots seem to be sold. Will you be stocking such quality again in future?3 weeks agoAny advice on how best to prepare the trees for the long trip up to JHB? I'm thinking that I will spray everything with Wiltpruf and wrap the pots with glad wrap to assist with water retention. The trip will take two days.3 weeks agoTerry Erasmus Gerald for such a short trip you really don't need to take any special measures. Just water them properly and that's enough. If you really feel like it you can wrap the pots but I don't think it's really going to be necessary.2 weeks agoThanks again Gerald for the plethora of trees! I really appreciate every one. Will keep everybody updated starting tomorrow or perhaps the day after.3 weeks ago3 weeks agoTerry Erasmus shared a videoI attended this convention and exhibition last year. It was the best exhibition in Japan that I've ever been to. What an experience. Take a look at the video to get an idea of what I mean.3 weeks agoTerry Erasmus comment on the photo beautiful new Japanese Maple. Going to be SO much fun!Shayn I have air pots in stock which will work very close to field growing. Take a look
www.bidorbuy.co.za/item/178167329/…Gerald Randall Just on my comment around watering. I have never had an automated system as I find that some trees get more water than they need. I will however contemplate using one when I move to JHB. I may however use a drip system rather than spray. I suspect I can control water delivery better to each species.3 weeks agoTerry Erasmus Hi Andre I think it's important before you do any further work that you must decide what you want to do with this tree. In the next post you say you have not yet decided. With deciduous species it's a long term plan and you should always be working towards an end goal. If you ask 10 people what to do with it you will get 10 different responses and you will still be none the wiser. Nice material though and I'm sure youre gonna make something nice from it.3 weeks agoDoes any one have an idea when we stop feeding our bonsai. I'm busy getting info together so I can start preparation for when our winter starts. Just need a general idea to which to stop with the liquid fertilizer. And when to start again?3 weeks agoGerald Randall comment on the photo beautiful new Japanese Maple. Going to be SO much fun!