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Has someone got a Bonsai thorn tree?11 hours 33 minutes agoSteyn Marais Hi Terry
Thanx for responding. I got a bonsai for my birthday. Apparently it is a kameeldoring. I have no idea how to care for it. Part of the gift was that I had to find out myself how to care for it. I checked the net, but it was vague. I don't even know if it will make the next couple of weeks!!1 hours 32 minutes ago
Hi everybody, I am VERY new to Bonsai, and would welcome any tips, secrets and feedback. Had a bit of an accident last evening when my German Shepherd got hold of an Apies-doring I just bought yesterday (think I overpaid, but never-the-less). Basically just the trunk and little bit of root left. Any suggestions on how (if possible) to save this tree? Like I said I just started and don't have much experience, so any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks14 hours 4 minutes agoTerry Erasmus Welcome Andre and congrats on your first post. You have learnt a valuable lesson early on, when I believe it has not cost you too much. Make sure you dogs cannot get to your trees, or they will and you will be heartbroken if they do so and its your prized tree. I am assuming you found the tree after the dogs had played with it and chewed it for a while. Which would mean the roots had completely dried out by then. If I am correct then you likely will have to chalk this one up to a lesson learnt. If not there may still be some hope. All you can really do now is to put it back into its soil and hope it bounces back. Dont water and feed it like crazy hoping this will help. If the tree hardly has any roots then watering it will have no effect as it cannot take up the water and more than likely you will simply worsen the problem. If you try to feed it the tree will become even more stressed, so hold off any feeding till the tree shows real signs of recovery and then support this new growth with food. Hope this helps. And by the way, not sure where you bought the tree but it is much cheaper to buy an acacia from a nursery in a normal bag and then put it into a bonsai pot. If you cannot find the pots and things you need you can easily order them online from me here: http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/store/bonsaitree2 hours 59 minutes ago
yesterdayAlex yes its juniper horizontalis plumosa
i have done nothing to it yet just re-potting gonna wait until the tree settles in the bonsai pot before cutting and wiring it. as for the shape i wanted to to use the lower branch has the main one and make a cascade/ semi cascade styles bonsai, well thats what i had in mind.
and no your comments and input are always welcome and appreciated1 hours agoI 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.3 days agoGerald Randall Thanks Terry. I researched it rather extensively and received advice from many who have transported trees as much as 4500km in rather hot geographies. Most said that if the trees are hydrated and in crates they will be fine. The company transporting the trees are not crating them. Although the the vehicle is closed, I was concerned that the fact they are not crated could cause a higher loss of hydrating. I left CT on Sunday and that was the last they were watered. They will arrive only tomorrow, so I wanted to be sure they are fine. Better over cautious than to lose trees which I am sentimental about.3 hours 41 minutes agoI 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 days agoTerry Erasmus Shayn you're doing well but I think you could do a lot more with the trunk than what you have. In other words I think you could have put a lot more curves into it to make it more interesting. I think perhaps I would have made a smaller tree out of it as well considering the trunk is not that thick and there is little taper. If you put more curves into the trunk then you will also be able to put more curves into the branches, which will mean you will be able to reduce their length as some of the length will be used in creating the curves. It is also helpful to try to consider what sort of style you are going for eg leaning trunk and then style the tree according to the guidelines which you will find on this site and many others. They are guidelines only and are there to help you until you become more experienced.2 hours 54 minutes ago5 days agoTerry Erasmus Hi Gerald, could you please post pictures of this 20% healing within 1 week in autumn? I have never seen anyone using clingwrap for healing scars, other purposes yes. Makes perfect sense as you say, provided you keep an air tight seal on the scar, pretty difficult to do on a rough barked species. Also, if water is able to get in the wood is more likely to rot and no healing will take place. I'm also curious to know how you would suggest Andre wraps this scar on the root with clingwrap?2 days 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.1 week 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. Thanksless than a minute agoMy smallest Bonsai yet! Its been in the pot for 2 years. So proud of this guy2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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? Thanks2 weeks agoKyle macaskill Hi gerald hope the move goes well, the tree i wanted to weigh down. Is a 15year old karoo boerbean, the branch in question is the apex branch of the tree, the tree is not deciduous fully in winter as the cape is not cold enough, but i am considering Air layering the branch. I wanted to bend the apex branch as most od the branches have formed on the left, right and front of the tree, non to the rear, a sort of wind swept design, of which the apex branch is straight up. But the ideai of air layering it is a nice idea instead of removing it totally. ThanksyesterdayI 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.2 weeks 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."2 weeks 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.3 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?3 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.3 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.3 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.html3 weeks agoView location 3 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.3 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.4 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/…View location 4 weeks agoGerald 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 ago