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  • Morning all, I have a story to tell about a young fig tree I collected from the side of a palm tree. One day I took the dogs for a walk and saw young fig trees growing on the palm alongside the road. Of course I collected one for me and shoved it in the pocket for the rest of the walk. At home I put it in the ground and a couple of day later I had someone word in the garden. Needless to say I did not ask the gentlemen not to remove that small tree from the ground. During my inspection of the...
    yesterday
    Kobus Rest of the story.......During my inspection of the day’s work I noticed the small fig is not where it is supposed to be. The next morning I had a look at the bags with the previous day’s garden rubbish in and there the small fig is staring at me. I put it back in the ground and today if as very healthy and growing fast. Will post some picks soon.
    yesterday
  • Morning, wiring can be hard work especially on smaller trees. Wiring is relaxing for me and as Terry mentioned that wiring is like playing chess. I had branches snapped off because I did not wore...
  • Nice Tim, looks healthy indeed. I want to make a suggestion regards your wiring. Your 2nd branch, the wire loops around the trunk and then around the back and over the branch you are bending. This...
  • tim flack shared a photo in tim flack's Photos album
    This is the Natal fig on the 12th of Jan 14. Huge difference in it now!
    This is the Natal fig on the 12th of Jan 14. Huge difference in it now!
    4 days ago
  • tim flack shared a photo in tim flack's Photos album
    Shohin Natal Fig, just finished wiring it up. Rough styling, its doing very well. Not bad for a woolworths rescue.
    Shohin Natal Fig, just finished wiring it up. Rough styling, its doing very well. Not bad for a woolworths rescue.
    4 days ago
    Kobus Morning, wiring can be hard work especially on smaller trees. Wiring is relaxing for me and as Terry mentioned that wiring is like playing chess. I had branches snapped off because I did not wore correctly for what I intended to do with the branch. I am getting better the more wire I apply to my trees. One other aspect is using the correct gauge of wire for the branch. It is also important to bend with the coil direction of the wire as the wire stiffens more. Wiring is a skill on its own.
    yesterday
  • Terry Erasmus comment on the photo JBP December 2014
  • This image was taken in Feb 2014.
  • Terry Erasmus shared a photo in Japanese Black Pine album
    JBP December 2014
    I love pines. There is just something special about them as a bonsai tree. I think it is the continuity they display through the seasons, year after year. This is direct contrast to my other...
    1 week ago
    Graham I think that just goes to show the benefits of bonsai boost. Although I lose a few bags now and again to a group of unwelcome visitors, and it's early season still the benefits I see in my trees this season are incomparable to previous seasons. I have used nothing other than bonsai boost . I am keen to get to the end of the season and really appreciate progress . Without a doubt my trees are much healthier and growing way better this season. Anyone who has not tried BonsaiBoost do yourself a favour and test it. The results will be tangible.
    less than a minute ago
  • Preparing for the Cape Bonsai Kai show which starts in 2 days at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.
    1 week ago
  • Bill comment on the photo Acacia Burkei 01 5 Dec 2014
    Hello Graham. I envy your Burkei Acasia. I have two nursery bag trees. Their branches spires in all directions. Wiring all of these must have taken total dedication. For now, I have wired my...
  • Great tree Graham. This image conjures up all sorts of African landscapes in ones mind. The silhouette is great and one can see that each branch has been meticulously placed in position. The tree...
  • Graham shared a photo in Acacia Burkei progression album
    Acacia Burkei 01 5 Dec 2014
    Acacia Burkei started from pencil thick bag stock in 1995. Finally finished the finer wiring today. Slowly getting towards the typical acacia image. But wiring is a tedious job on acacias!
    1 week ago
  • tim flack shared a photo in tim flack's Photos album
    An early Christmas gift :) some wire to start off the development, the main branch is growing out for thickness. Im excited about this tree.
    An early Christmas gift :) some wire to start off the development, the main branch is growing out for thickness.  Im excited about this tree.
    1 week ago
    Terry Erasmus It seems I better put my stocking out as well if Santa is already doing the rounds!
    1 week ago
  • Graham, congrats on the new acquisition. I like what you have done so far, at the moment I think you have 2 styles on the tree. Informal upright and literati, for me the foliage masses do not...
  • Graham shared 2 photos in Juniperus Chinensis Progression album
    Juniperus Chinensis Second image after Styling 05 Dec 2014
    Offering picture Jan 2014
    This was a tree acquired from Terry around Jan 2014. A year has elapsed and in that time I have roughly styled it and recently repotted it. Great material to work with Terry! The live veins and...
    2 weeks ago
    Kobus Graham & Terry, I will change my comments from previous post. Terry thanks for pointing out the fact that the drooping branch is the trees X factor. The tree is still in its development phase, I think I neglected to take this into consideration with my previous comments. Graham, are you aiming to have the same silhouette for the two foliage masses?
    1 week ago
  • tim flack shared a photo in tim flack's Photos album
    This is the result of last weeks plucking... 2 leaves.. no extention of a second internode. Just one short one growing very close to the branches. I guess you learn from experimenting. I may have to grow new branches now... *sigh.
    This is the result of last weeks plucking... 2 leaves.. no extention of a second internode. Just one short one growing very close to the branches.  I guess you learn from experimenting.  I may have to grow new branches now... *sigh.
    2 weeks ago
    Terry Erasmus Tim this is why I asked about the stage of development of this tree. Pinching the buds will dramatically slow the tree down and will also gradually weaken it. It's a delicate balancing act when a tree reaches maturity to maintain health but also size. Health always trumps styling. So eventually branches are replaced that are too thick as you must allow growth to develop. There is some good info on this in the Bonsai Art of Japan, Mr Fujikawa discusses and demonstrates this.
    2 weeks ago
  • It is said that if I want to thicken a stem, it should grow in the " garden / field" longer. What if I used a big plastic pot. They are about 50 cm deep. About 40cm diameter.
    I am currently growing a oteniqua yellow wood, cork oak, Chinese maple, Karoo sweet thorn acasia. In these big pots.
    2 weeks ago
  • Carel Kilian shared 2 photos in Carel Kilian's Photos album
    Apiesdoring (Acacia galpinii)  Any advice to improve this tree
    Lavender tree (Heteropyxis natalensis)
    2 weeks ago
    Terry Erasmus Hello and welcome Carel! Very nice tree, was it originally collected? I ask as the style of it is definitely not something which I think comes from a nursery bag tree as the ones I have always seen tend to be of the straight up type? As an artist are you inspired by the likes of Robert Steven?
    8 months ago
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  • tim flack shared a photo in tim flack's Photos album
    Some evening petiole plucking... not too fun on a big tree. But this benishidare maple has really long internodes and the leaves get really big. Hoping this will help. A technique used for shohin sized japanese maples.
    Some evening petiole plucking... not too fun on a big tree.  But this benishidare maple has really long internodes and the leaves get really big. Hoping this will help. A technique used for shohin sized japanese maples.
    2 weeks ago
    Terry Erasmus 10mm on a Japanese maple is pretty darn good Tim. No shame in that. However I think its premature to be using this technique and I also think you need to see this step in context ie if you keep pinching all season the tree will eventually become weaker and weaker, it must be allowed to grow a little.
    yesterday
  • Edzard, theres a nice basic structure to this tree however I think thicker wire is needed to put more curves in the primary branches. I also think that you might consider removing the first right...
  • Hallo Everyone. Anyone know where I can find a Chinese Privet tree( Ligustrum obtusiflium)? I am in JHB
    2 weeks ago
    Manie van Brakel Thank you. Will look around.
    2 weeks ago
  • Edzard shared a photo in Edzard's Photos album
    One of my Ficus projects.
    One of my Ficus projects.
    2 weeks ago
    Terry Erasmus Edzard, theres a nice basic structure to this tree however I think thicker wire is needed to put more curves in the primary branches. I also think that you might consider removing the first right branch, the one with the guy wire on. It's on the inside of the curve. I am not refering to a rule here, but I think as this branch thickens you will lose some of the trunk curve, which is slight to begin with. I also think it's a weak branch and it should be a lot stronger considering its place on the trunk. The branch just above it seems like a good replacement, it seems to have more girth and is on the outside of the curve. I think the overall outline, the one I imagine you are working towards for this tree, does not require the lower branch. It also appears that you have several heavy branches emerging from a very similar height on the trunk, about half way up. Might just be the picture, but this might cause some problems down the line ie reverse taper and webbing.
    2 weeks ago
  • Its amazing, Tim, the development in 1 year. I can clearly see the branches have thickened substantially and your candles/needles are looking much fuller and healthier. One suggestion...
  • Hi Terry

    I bought BonsaiBoost a few months ago but only start using it at the beginning of November. Within a week I could see a change in the colour of the tree's leaves. From thereon I have observed a dramatic change in the health of the trees and the growth rate of the new shoots. I am particularly pleased with the results on the new Yamadori that I have collected. I have tried a variety of other organic fertilizers over the years but never had such positive results. Well-done on...
    2 weeks ago
    Terry Erasmus Thanks Carel! I am extremely pleased you got around to trying it and I bet you wish you had begun a couple months before :) I too have had very good results on yamadori olives so this seems to be what can be expected. Thanks again for the feedback, its invaluable to me. In case you are on Facebook please like my new BonsaiBoost facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/bonsaiboost
    2 weeks ago
  • tim flack shared a photo in tim flack's Photos album
    Here is one year later taken today. Amazing. Green because of bonsai boost (put around the bas as I want some nebari to pop out like that)
    Here is one year later taken today. Amazing. Green because of bonsai boost (put around the bas as  I want some nebari to pop out like that)
    2 weeks ago
    Terry Erasmus Its amazing, Tim, the development in 1 year. I can clearly see the branches have thickened substantially and your candles/needles are looking much fuller and healthier. One suggestion though....place the BonsaiBoost sachet's further away, ideally near the rim of the pot. This encourages root development further away from the trunk. In time this will promote trunk flare and of course better growth as you are utilizing the full volume of the container. Although JBP can be grown a lot quicker when in the ground, I have seen some amazing ones in Japan which were grown in containers all their lives. Just make use of lots of sacrifice branching, with BonsaiBoost you need not fear about backbudding, you will have so many you will need to select and thin the others out.
    2 weeks ago
  • tim flack shared a photo in tim flack's Photos album
    One year ago, 27 year old Kuromatsu (japanese black pine) next picture is today... with some love and correct technique its fuller and has better ramification which this year is being left alone
    One year ago, 27 year old Kuromatsu (japanese black pine) next picture is today... with some love and correct technique its fuller and has better ramification which this year is being left alone
    2 weeks ago
  • Terry Erasmus comment on the photo swamp cypress bonsai3
    You might notice some young shoots which have not been wired. These are being let grow freely to get them to thicken. Once they are thick enough (proportionate to how high they are up the trunk and...
  • Terry Erasmus shared 8 photos in Swamp Cypress B album
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    This swamp cypress was given to me by a friend in a large blue plastic container. I think he had collected it somewhere close to where he lives. So he had chopped the root base a little and then...
    2 weeks ago
    Terry Erasmus Did some much needed wiring on this swamp cypress this weekend. It has been said many times that one cannot achieve ramification on swamps. Given, I don't think it will be possible to achieve the type of ramification possible on an elm or trident maple, however I do believe that with sufficient branches and creating the pads correctly there will be enough ramification to create the feeling of an old cypress.
    2 weeks ago
  • one stunning tree, thanks Tim! must be a big tree if you look at the fruit size. i am starting with seeds(American persimmon) so it will take some time to get there. but I can add an interesting...
  • I have received my parcel now. Thank you for the great service Terry.
    3 weeks ago
    Terry Erasmus Many thanks Manie for your business.
    2 weeks ago
  • tim flack shared a photo in tim flack's Photos album
    Highly recommend this! Great drainage will post results on roots at next repotting
    Highly recommend this! Great drainage will post results on roots at next repotting
    3 weeks ago
    Terry Erasmus LECA is a great product to use Tim. A great combination is LECA and imported German peat. You can use it in ratio's of 60/40; 70/30 or even 80/20 LECA to peat, the ratio depending on what amount of water retention you require to suit how often you can water and also what the species likes. If anyone wants to purchase bags of leca we offer a 2L, 6L and bulk bags of 50L. The smaller bags can be purchased here: http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/item/166562152/6_Litre_Bonsai_LECA.html
    3 weeks ago
  • tim flack shared a photo in tim flack's Photos album
    Came home to find my baby white pine tipped over (it was in a nursery bag) not a very deep root system, wanted to pot it next year into a terracotta pot. Couldn't fine one big enough (wanted at least a 30cm diameter, couldnt find one, nor one thats terracotta. So a R5 cheapy from the nursery down the road did the trick.Doesnt look half bad. Hopefully by next year ill have one big enough and one I want as a growing pot. Ive seen many white pine in this sort of pot, they thicken well in them too
    Came home to find my baby white pine tipped over (it was in a nursery bag) not a very deep root system, wanted to pot it next year into a terracotta pot. Couldn't fine one big enough (wanted at least a 30cm diameter,  couldnt find one, nor one thats terracotta.  So a R5 cheapy from the nursery down the road did the trick.Doesnt look half bad. Hopefully by next year ill have one big enough and one I want as a growing pot. Ive seen many white pine in this sort of pot, they thicken well in them too
    3 weeks ago
    Terry Erasmus I like the bag of BonsaiBoost in the pic Tim! :) Would you mind emailing me a very short testimonial? If you can attach a picture which goes along with it that would be awesome and I wont forget the favour...
    3 weeks ago
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    3 weeks ago
    Manie van Brakel Thank you Terry.
    3 weeks ago

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