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  • That is a pitty. No real substitute for field growing. However, if that is not possible, then a large pot will also work. When I lift trees I put them into an oversized pot for a year or more,...
  • Thanks Gerald. Unfortunately our ground is beyond infested with worms and the occasional mole. So ground planting is out for me. Was thinking of potting this into a big pot. 30L-45L pot.
  • Great tree. Are you going to plant in the ground for a while? It will give you time to air layer the tree while you wait for the trunk to thicken.
  • Moving to JHB at the end of the month. Shayn I know you have asked for a couple of trees. Anyone else interested let me know. The trees are young and I would like them to go to people just starting out. Send me a private message and we can connect.
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  • Evan uploaded a new avatar
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  • I have family from older generation who use the gardening lunar calarder. I will give it a try.
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    Terry Erasmus Welcome Brian, and well done in uploading a new avatar. Look forward to seeing some galleries of your trees really soon.
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  • Terry Erasmus shared a photo in Terry Erasmus's Photos album
    It's the first time I do a graft like this and am ecstatic that so far it looks good. Earlier this season I made a groove in this trunk of this maple and placed a maple sapling into the groove, secured it in place and sealed it. As you can see the cambiums are beginning to fuse. The reason I needed to do this was as when I chopped the top off no shoots formed near the end where I wanted it, to form a new apex. So approach grafting one was of the techniques I could think of which would remedy it.
    It's the first time I do a graft like this and am ecstatic that so far it looks good. Earlier this season I made a groove in this trunk of this maple and placed a maple sapling into the groove, secured it in place and sealed it. As you can see the cambiums are beginning to fuse. The reason I needed to do this was as when I chopped the top off no shoots formed near the end where I wanted it, to form a new apex. So approach grafting one was of the techniques I could think of which would remedy it.
    2 weeks ago
  • Shayn shared a photo in Shayn's Photos album
    Leaves are a good small size on this maple. Good purchase.
    Leaves are a good small size on this maple. Good purchase.
    2 weeks ago
    Terry Erasmus Shayn, its always good to look out for specimens which have better characteristics than the rest of its species. So well done. You can of course reduce the leaf size in future by defoliation, however dont worry about leaf size for the moment too much as you want to develop the tree now.
    2 weeks ago
  • Does anybody have any experience with buying from seeds for africa? I want to buy a few species and I want to make sure they know what they're talking about regarding species.
    2 weeks ago
    ray Sorry ment to say I'm NOW getting a 90% succes rate
    2 weeks ago
  • Shayn shared a photo in Shayn's Photos album
    beautiful new Japanese Maple. Going to be SO much fun!
    beautiful new Japanese Maple. Going to be SO much fun!
    2 weeks ago
    Gerald Randall That is a pitty. No real substitute for field growing. However, if that is not possible, then a large pot will also work. When I lift trees I put them into an oversized pot for a year or more, fertilize well and start with some training. I'm sure it will be fine. In our new house I will be planting a couple of varieties of maple in the garden. I will never remove them, but it gives me airlayer options for many years to follow. If not, I still have great maples in my garden. I'm sure you can airlayer the tree even in the pot. I've done several from small potted trees. Even bonsai. I don't like to waste, so I tend to attempt to reuse as much as I can, rather than just cut off. Especially a great species such as this. They tend to be pricy, so if you can develop your own additional trees, a great way to do so.
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  • ray shared a photo in ray's Photos album
    Collected this interesting piece of dead wood. It is the root system of an unknown tree. My plan is to create a Tanuki style bonsai, A young tree that gets wired to the dead wood to sort of create an illusion of an old tree. Only problem is I'm "stumped". Have no clue what type of tree to use that will look good, or even how to style the young tree to compliment the dead wood. I need some ideas? Please help
    Collected this interesting piece of dead wood. It is the root system of an unknown tree. My plan is to create a Tanuki style bonsai, A young tree that gets wired to the dead wood to sort of create an illusion of an old tree. Only problem is I'm "stumped". Have no clue what type of tree to use that will look good, or even how to style the young tree to compliment the dead wood. I need some ideas? Please help
    2 weeks ago
    ray Definitely something to consider. Don't know much about Chrysanthemum, but a little google search, and it seems to be a popular species for bonsai. Thanks for the idea.
    2 weeks ago
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  • Roelof uploaded a new avatar
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  • Roelof uploaded a new avatar
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  • Hi everyone. A received a jap maple that was put onto a rock very recently..also had wire on the trunk and had quite a bend in it...it seems it was done too late in the season. The leaves have started curling at the tips...what can I do to rehab it before it dies?
    2 weeks ago
    Shayn Roelof, from what I have seen and heard, the roots of a Japanese Maple need to be moist just about all of the time. Moist, not drenched. Roots drying out and lack of proper water schedule will make leaves cringe and dry out. Also, is your Japanese Maple getting alot of wind? You might want to position your tree to a more secluded area or build a small shadecloth "room".
    2 weeks ago
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    3 weeks ago
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  • Anyone have any experience with Myrtus Compacta? Just got one from my wife and its pretty awesome. Tiny guy, but seems like major potential in this species.
    3 weeks ago
    Shayn Great, thanks Terry. :)
    3 weeks ago
  • Shayn is friends with Gerald Randall
  • Hello all. I have just gotten back from a nursery and have found big bags of LECA. Although, this is called LECA Solar. Any difference between the usual/original and the Solar version? Is there any difference at all? I want to start using LECA instead of my current soil mix which is proving to have a slight difficult drainage. Would just like to know if this is the right stuff.
    4 weeks ago
    Shayn Yeah I have done research regarding the correct usage for LECA. Which is why I wanted to know if I could break the bigger balls down a bit, but seemingly not. Thanks guys.
    3 weeks ago
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  • Terry Erasmus comment on the photo image
    No Shayn, I only use BonsaiBoost on all of my trees. What you see on the surface is actually the raw material from which BonsaiBoost is made. Sometimes I have larger particles which are sifted out...

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