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  • 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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    Dead wood carving
    View location yesterday
  • 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.
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    Carel Kilian Thanks for the advice. Can't wait to see what the tree will look like 4 to 5 years from now.
    5 days 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/…
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  • 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)
    1 week 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?
    less than a minute 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.
    1 month 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...
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    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...
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    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
  • Terry Erasmus comment on the photo 1-Before and After
    So a lot of primary branch work to be done. I thought afterwards that I could have left some of the growth and used it for thread grafting, but with this species, it does tend to shoot out...
  • Terry Erasmus shared 6 photos in Chinese Hackberry Bonsai album
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    This is another one of my trees developed from seed. I am not particularily inspired by this tree and have rather neglected it a bit but I decided to do something with it at least and then perhaps...
    2 weeks ago
  • Terry Erasmus shared a photo in Terry Erasmus's Photos album
    I found a stunning Chinese flavoured side table which I wanted to use in the house. My wife politely told me no. So I ended up with it in my workshop. No complaints though with that! :)
    I found a stunning Chinese flavoured side table which I wanted to use in the house. My wife politely told me no. So I ended up with it in my workshop. No complaints though with that! :)
    2 weeks ago
    Terry Erasmus Hilarious Brett! :) Yeah my teeth marks can be found on the one leg. It tasted a bit like hoisin sauce.
    2 weeks ago
  • Gerald/Terry
    I am in Constantia and the quality of water is great except for the salts. Rain water is the way i will be going. It is great to set up tanks ect. Agreed that there will be times that...
  • Sorry Gerald/Brett, dont mean to chip in but I can comment on the water a little. Rudi's issue is iron. This is a typical problem for the area he lives in. Literally one can bore on one side of the...
  • Brett, I'm in Durbanville and have been considering having a well point done at home because my water Bill is becoming very high. I guess the size of my erf does contribute, but my bonsai are...
  • Hi Terry
    Yes i had the water tested. Strange thing is, is that they said the spring water was better for human consumption than the municipal water. I have also noticed that my cedars do not like...
  • Jurie van Heerden comment on the photo IMG-20130726-WA0002
    Hi Gerald, yes it is - bought it about 2008 from Rudi Adams nurcery and started the training process.
  • Brett thats very interesting about the water! Have you analysed the water perhaps? I am just wondering if the water has affected maples then it stands to reason it will affect the other trees in...
  • Terry is 100% correct on not growing the maples to fast after the first stage. I made this mistake and have had to go back a step to correct this.

    I have had very poor growth on all my maples this...
  • Thanks Terry. I will take a photo later and post it tomorrow. Your advise would be appreciated.
  • mmm, yes Brett I know exactly what you mean. They do seem to form a knob of sorts at first as there are usually multiple buds which emerge at the same spot. In time this does dissappear though but...