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  • Theo, did you plant the tree and rock underground for a couple of seasons before you potted it? The composition is good, but it notice that some of the roots are not touching the rock. I did two...
  • Gerald Randall comment on the photo SAM_0168
    Hannes, how is this tree professing after you moved it on the rock?
  • Terry, yip, I didn't read the post below. Looked at the tree and thought 'broom'.
  • Theo Seale shared a photo in Theo Seale's Photos album
    Hi guys, here is my very first root over rock bonsai. I did it last weekend and still looking strong. Hoping it will survive.
    Hi guys, here is my very first root over rock bonsai. I did it last weekend and still looking strong. Hoping it will survive.
    21 hours 36 minutes ago
    Gerald Randall Theo, did you plant the tree and rock underground for a couple of seasons before you potted it? The composition is good, but it notice that some of the roots are not touching the rock. I did two ficus root over rock, which I have growing into the rock in two large plastic containers for a season. I will remove from the plastic containers in November and then decide if they are ready for a bonsai container. I may first place them in a smaller plastic container for another season, while I work on the branches, before I transfer to a bonsai container. I could not see what geographic area you live in, so I can't gauge if it is the correct time for your geographic area to do this type of work on this species.
    2 hours 35 minutes ago
  • Terry Erasmus comment on the photo chinese maple potting-2
    Ha ha Gerald, I have noticed your absence. The ficus action which you describe is typical. I'm not a big fig fan but I have 1 which I keep for sentimental reasons. It's a root over rock and some of...
  • Gerald, I assume you have not seen the latest post of this tree as I think it would answer your question. No at a stage like this I would rarely do such a drastic start as to regrow a trunk, one...
  • Hello Gerald. I have previously told you about the sealant I use, but you opted to use something else is what you told me. It is actually an acrylic sealer/filler used in laminate wooden floors....
  • Gerald Randall comment on the photo _MG_1656
    Kobus, I can see the potential in this Olive trunk. With some carving and new growth you will have a tremendous tree. I also see some great potential in the trees in the background. The trees seem...
  • Terry, what sealant do you use? Have you brought it from Japan or is it commercially sold in SA. I notice it is very red. I use Bonsai Bond. It is much darker and works well with some species as it...
  • Terry, are you going to re-grow the trunk into an informal upright, or is the intention to create a broom style. I looked at a couple of Celtis who have been grown in broom styles. I am not that...
  • Gerald Randall comment on the photo DSC06477 (1).JPG
    I certainly agree with Terry, it must be a Yamadori. Great tree Carel. What is the history of the tree and what are your further intensions.
  • Hi Terry, it's been a while since I have been in Bonsai Tree.
    Impressive how the trunk has fused. I would not have thought that this was a fused trunk. I have a small Ficus Natalensis, which I grew...
  • Terry Erasmus comment on the photo _MG_1989
    Yes Kobus, this is a much better trunk to work with. Of course you will need to do some carving of the trunk once you have chopped it down but don't fear, there are many on this site who will be...
  • Kobus comment on the photo _MG_1989
    I went digging and found some good taper below the soil, 200mm at the base then 80 halfway to the wire and 60 at the wire and all the way up. Can't I reduce the height to somewhere around the wire...
  • Kobus shared 5 photos in Olienhout album
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    _MG_1985
    Dead wood carving
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  • Terry Erasmus comment on the photo 20140110_070533
    Kobus, the reality is that great trees start off as great stock. This is unfortunately not great stock. Given that we live in an area where nice wild growing olives are fairly plentiful the advice...
  • Kobus comment on the photo 20140110_070533
    This tree was collected by my brother a couple of years ago. I rescued the tree last year as it was not getting the care as it should have. This picture was taken in the second week of January this...
  • Yes. I collected it in the bush two years ago. The style is more accidental than anything els.
    1 week ago
    Carel Kilian Thanks for the advice. Can't wait to see what the tree will look like 4 to 5 years from now.
    1 week ago
  • Now is a good time to be feeding your trees so that in spring they have the energy to push all the new growth. Why not try BonsaiBoost on some of your trees, feedback from users of this organic fertilizer has only been positive. You can read more about it and purchase here: www.bidorbuy.co.za/item/142761900/…
    1 week ago
  • Thanks Jurie, appreciate the comment. It is a little too topiary like though. The problem is that when I initially started styling this tree I was still in the left, back, right mode of bonsai...
  • Carel Kilian shared a photo in Carel Kilian's Photos album
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    Heteropyxis natalensis (Lavender tree)
    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?
    1 week ago
  • Stunning Terry!
  • Terry Erasmus shared a photo in Japanese Black Pine album
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    Development of a Japanese Black Pine bonsai tree from seed.
    2 weeks ago
  • Terry Erasmus shared a photo in Celtis bonsai I album
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    This trees is sort of one of my 'pride and joy' trees. I suppose it is because it is a tree which I have grown up from a seedling - field growing it for a number of years now. Lifting it every...
    2 weeks ago
  • Terry Erasmus shared a photo in Celtis bonsai II album
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    This is another album showing the development of another of this species which I have grown for some years now in the ground from seed, and have not finally planted into a pot.
    2 weeks ago
    Terry Erasmus This photo update in fact shows the 3rd defoliation of the season. The previous comment is sort of a legacy from the previous post.
    2 months ago
  • Terry Erasmus shared a photo in Japanese Red Pine II album
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    This 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.
    2 weeks ago
    Terry Erasmus That's right Brett. Springs candles are a result of last autumns feeding. So feeding heavily in spring is intended to create food reserves for the next flush of candles you encourage by cutting off the spring candles and hopefully result in back budding. However after cutting as you say you must remove all food as you will simply encourage large needles again. When the new needles have hardened off then you need to feed again, so around late autumn.
    2 months ago
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    This root over rock planting was started from 2 trees which I combined and planted onto a rock which I collected. It has now been in the ground for I think 2 or 3 years. I believe it has developed...
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    This tree was started off as several individual trees which were securely tied together with cable tie and then allowed to fuse over a couple years. It was planted in the ground during this time to...
    View location 2 weeks ago
    Terry Erasmus I'll post the picture of the pruned and potted tree tomorrow or so.
    6 months ago
  • Terry Erasmus shared a photo in Chinese Elm Bonsai album
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    This 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 2 weeks ago
    Terry Erasmus A lot of new buds have formed all over the tree since this work was done. This will be the 2nd time this season that this tree is defoliated and styled (wired) On each occasion it has responded well.
    2 months ago
  • Terry Erasmus shared a photo in Terry Erasmus's Photos album
    Bonsai Boost is available again. Newly improved packaging and the fertilizer pouches are now filled with 12g material so it is easier to use on shohin trees. You can read more and purchase here: www.bidorbuy.co.za/item/142761900/…
    Bonsai Boost is available again. Newly improved packaging and the fertilizer pouches are now filled with 12g material so it is easier to use on shohin trees. You can read more and purchase here: http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/item/142761900/BonsaiBoost_Bonsai_Organic_Fertilizer.html
    2 weeks ago
  • I spend the WHOLE week in JHB/PTA next week. I have already made arrangements to spend some time with some growers in the area. Hope to get my hoard of aluminium wiring and pots through OR Thambo on the way back. Enjoy your prep for the repotting season. Just bought 18 pots which should arrive soon. Still a couple of pots short.
    2 weeks ago
  • I was fortunate this week to be in CT and popped in to Rudi for a visit. Always an experience to chat with Rudi. He was in great form and was nice enough to let me take a Japanese Literati pot off his hands for what I consider a steel, or a gift, depends how you view it. Thank you Rudi.
    As I said to him, it is inspirational to walk through his nursery. Such a quality experience.
    2 weeks ago
  • I generally do not do this. I spend a lot of time away from my trees because I must. However, when I am able, I do spend time with my trees and very importantly, get involved in "Bonsai Tree". I must be the least busy person, as I only see a select number of people posting in Bonsai Tree. It would be great to see everything from rooted cuttings to mature trees. We all want to learn, so it would be great to see every member of the site to send in pictures and get involved in the conversations
    2 weeks ago
  • Hi Guys

    Has everyone here seeen the latest post from Adam Levigne about Portolucaria Afra. Seems like all the big name Bonsai artists all over the world also like our indigenous Jade trees.

    Regards Wolfgang
    2 weeks ago