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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.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 followin20 hours 51 minutes agotim flack Technique.
1) remove the seed from the fruit
2) take off the pulp, all of it, it comes off easily when scraped
3) immediately place into a bag of damp vermiculite and seal
4) put in your fridge till 1 september then plant as normal.
Persimmon is sold now all over and makes a beautiful bonsai, the autumn colours are gorgeous, defoliation reduces leaf size.20 hours 47 minutes agoJapanese maple with spent leaves and BonsaiBoost sachets removed. Displaying it in the house a couple days to enjoy it without leaves on.3 days agoOnce 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 .4 days agoKyle macaskill Hi Terry thank you for the offer ,are they the Trident maple or another one of the Chinese maple family such as field maple Amur maple etc. I am defiantly interested in one or two of the larger trunk ones, or any double trunk . I unfortunately missed last weeks kai meeting due to work, but hoping to catch the next one , I could collect from you in Somerset without issue ..if you have any pics you could sent it would greatly be appreciated.3 days ago7yr old bougainvillea tropical rainbow, over potted to develop roots, considering repotting as a semi-cascade in future once more roots can be exposedShayn comment on the photo Wild olive , 11yrs old, not sure of the style yet, got it the way you see it , unsure what direction to try style itficus 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 oldKyle 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 agoTerry Erasmus comment on the photo 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.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 grateful4 weeks agoTerry 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 agoInitial 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 agoTerry 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 agoHey 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 agoray 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 agoAmazing app for Android it is called bonsai garden , by droidreloaded has several south African plants , and it is free , very informative , give it a try1 month agoI 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 agoVisited 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 agoGerald 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 agoView location 1 month agoGerald 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 agoKyle macaskill comment on the photo 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...........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 Kyle1 month agoKyle 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 agoTerry Erasmus comment on the photo 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.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.1 month agoTerry 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 agoI 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 agoKyle 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 . Kyle1 month agoThanks Terry for your insightful and thoughful presentation on pines last night. I learnt quite a bit.1 month agoHey 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