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Hi everyone! Looking forward to meeting you next year at the convention. Everything is green here...lots of rain and things are growing and flowering.
This trident is very old...so I just left it to grow and fertilized every week. They are hard to backbud when old so I really needed it to gain lots of energy so it buds more closer to the trunk.This album reflects the development of a Japanese red pine which I purchased from a bonsai nursery in 2008.3 days agoThis is the 2nd Japanese Red Pine which I purchased from Gail at Bishopsford Bonsai Nursery. I bought it in 2008. This album follows its progression.3 days ago15/09/2012 - I exchanged this trident maple with a friend who was not entirely sure of what to do with it. It has a large cut scar at the back of the tree and the nebari is pretty awful. I was...3 days agoTerry Erasmus This is not so much a technique Gerald. Its purely to increase the surface area from where roots can emerge. If you were to "straighten" this zigzag line it would be much longer than a line cut straight around the trunk. No matter what cut you do, Maples will callous over sometimes when trying to layer them. I cannot say which cut is better and I am not really interested in experimenting as this type of cut has at least the potential of producing more roots than a straight one so why not use it regardless.1 year agoI bought this tree from a nursery in a 1L bag. It was planted in the ground and pruned as a normal garden bush for 3 years. As you can see, it has developed a very pleasing trunk, the thickness of...3 days agoI acquired this Japanese Zelkova from Gail roughly 2 years ago. It was a bag tree and really did not look like much. It most likely started life as a root cutting. So in order to get something...3 days agoThis tree started out as bag stock, cannot remember from where. I probably got it in around 2008 or so and planted it into the ground. After developing it for some time in the field I lifted it in...View location 3 days agoMorning 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...4 days agoKobus comment on the photo Shohin Natal Fig, just finished wiring it up. Rough styling, its doing very well. Not bad for a woolworths rescue.Terry Erasmus comment on the photo Shohin Natal Fig, just finished wiring it up. Rough styling, its doing very well. Not bad for a woolworths rescue.This is the Natal fig on the 12th of Jan 14. Huge difference in it now!Shohin Natal Fig, just finished wiring it up. Rough styling, its doing very well. Not bad for a woolworths rescue.1 week agoKobus 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.4 days agoI 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...2 weeks agoGraham 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.2 weeks agoPreparing for the Cape Bonsai Kai show which starts in 2 days at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.2 weeks agoAcacia 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!2 weeks agoAn early Christmas gift :) some wire to start off the development, the main branch is growing out for thickness. Im excited about this tree.2 weeks agoKobus comment on the photo Juniperus Chinensis Second image after Styling 05 Dec 2014This 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 agoKobus 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?2 weeks agoThis 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 agoTerry 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 agoIt 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 agoTerry Erasmus comment on the photo 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 agoTerry 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?9 months agoCarel Kilian comment on the photoSome 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.3 weeks agoTerry 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.5 days agoOne of my Ficus projects.3 weeks agoTerry 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.3 weeks agoTerry Erasmus comment on the photo 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)