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  • Amazing app for Android it is called bonsai garden , by droidreloaded has several south African plants , and it is free , very informative , give it a try
    12 hours 42 minutes ago
  • I had a little peek at my Catlin Elm a few days ago, and there are roots! Just gonna wait till around July/August to do the chop, since thats the repotting months. Also, my corkbark elm cuttings are taking well.
    yesterday
  • Visited a bonsai nursery over the weekend. Found some really amazing imported white pines for what I consider well priced. They are between 30-50 years old. if I had my benches up and had created the garden we plan to, I would certainly have bought one or two. Very small needles with full foliage. Obviously have to be trained properly to give full effect to the trees.
    yesterday
    Terry Erasmus Gerald the white pines at Topsom nursery are not 30 - 50 years old. They are fast grown and this is clearly evident on the bark of the trees. All the ones I have seen have plenty of whirl and leggy branches with vitually no taper in the trunks. If you are keen on a white pine I am not sure why you have never enquired with me as I offer imported Goyomatsu from Japan. Mine are not cheap but are good value for money. You could expect to pay R10k or more but as someone who collects art I am sure you can see the justification to spending a little extra to get something special.
    yesterday
  • Kyle macaskill shared 2 photos in baobab seedling , album
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    collected seeds from malawi in 2013, first of this years crop......
    View location 2 days ago
    Gerald Randall As is always the case with bonsai growers. I have been in JHB for three weeks and been to as many bonsai nurseries already. Last weekend I visited a nursery who import orchards and bonsai from Thailand.m I found the trees to be somewhat commercial, but some nice Tea Trees. However, they do habpve some local species too. They had a selection of baobab which was rather impressive.
    yesterday
  • Kyle macaskill shared a photo in Kyle macaskill's Photos album
    This is the lill pine from Gerald
    This is the lill pine from Gerald
    2 days ago
  • Hi Gerald, hope.the move went well, and the trees are adjusting to the new climate change. I am just wondering, out of the trees I got from you, there was a lill pine tree, can you remember what species of pine it was? Regards Kyle
    2 days ago
    Kyle macaskill Thank you for the info Gerald, I will keep you posted on the trees progression during the upcoming season, I am looking forward to start styling some of the elms that I got from you , and the juniper cuttings have taken off , planning on open.grounding then for faster development , regards Kyle . P.s if you are close to the east rand , there is a nursery near east rand mall called flora farm , they have so amazing Japanese maples and pines as well as some mature bag stock. Well worth a visit .
    yesterday
  • Terry Erasmus comment on the photo Before defoliation
    Thanks Marinda. One of those which i grew from seed. Still has a long way to go but I have a better idea of where I want to go with it, so now I can focus more energy on it.
  • Terry Erasmus comment on the photo Before defoliation
  • Dirk I'm not at all knowledgeable about rosemary as bonsai but I believe I have heard they are not easy subjects. I'm sorry to see yours is not looking good but unfortunately I cannot offer any...
  • Dirk shared a photo in Dirk's Photos album
    same rosemary on 18/04. it already looks bad. leaves are browning. a bad sign....
    anyone with some advice? i hope it isnt already to late.
    same rosemary on 18/04. it already looks bad. leaves are browning. a bad sign....<br />anyone with some advice? i hope it isnt already to late.
    6 days ago
    Terry Erasmus Dirk I'm not at all knowledgeable about rosemary as bonsai but I believe I have heard they are not easy subjects. I'm sorry to see yours is not looking good but unfortunately I cannot offer any meaningful advice other than perhaps reduce watering and don't feed. See if it pulls through.
    5 days ago
  • Dirk shared a photo in Dirk's Photos album
    I am posting two picks of my rosemary. I need some help. i bought this plant on 29/03, pruned it as is in pic. added a little wiring just to try and bend those two branches down a bit. placed it with all my other bonsai and left it to start growing a bit.but I have never had any luck with rosemary, they just die on me. even if i just leave them as is...........
    I am posting two picks of my rosemary. I need some help. i bought this plant on 29/03, pruned it as is in pic. added a little wiring just to try and bend those two branches down a bit. placed it with all my other bonsai and left it to start growing a bit.but I have never had any luck with rosemary, they just die on me. even if i just leave them as is...........
    6 days ago
    Kyle macaskill Hi dirk, as far as i have read up , rosemary is a very finicky plant to work with , I have spoken to the head Gardner where I work and he has said that they tend to die back quite severely when pruned so pruning should be kept to about 1/3,of the leaf mass, and prune only after new growth appears. I personally haven't tried to bonsai rosemary. Hope it helps for the next one . Kyle
    2 days ago
  • Marinda comment on the photo Before defoliation
    Wow this is beautiful!!!
  • Terry, I have several of his videos. I have two which are many years old. I estimate them to be '70 or maybe early '80, in which he takes a Juniper from the wild and creates a tremendous tree....
  • Thanks Terry for your insightful and thoughful presentation on pines last night. I learnt quite a bit.
    1 week ago
    Terry Erasmus Gail used to grow them from seed but stopped from what I know, several years ago. I import red, black and white pine from Japan. They are styled trees and start from around R10k
    20 hours 31 minutes ago
  • ray
    Hey guys. Need some URGENT help. Two bonsai pots of mine were stolen and the trees were tossed in the bin today. Im assuming the garden service is to blame. Anyway I have tried to save the trees. One was a 6 year old Scotia. And the other was a group of baobab seedlings roughly 5 months old. There is no signs of the leaves wilting or drying out. But the roots look like they took a bit of a beating. I rinsed of the tree and seedlings to remove any crap that was inside the dustbin. Re potted...
    1 week ago
    Kyle macaskill they are temperamental,lol, we planted 25 seeds last year,only 2 gestated , this year out of 50 seeds , we got 5 that sprouted , so yes I do understand what you are going through. Yes a broken toe... Or two may set kama right.....
    1 week ago
  • Hey Gerald. Which part of JHB have you moved too? I'm in the west, close to rooderpoort.
    2 weeks ago
  • Terry Erasmus comment on the photo kimura bonsai trees-023
    Gerald your assumption is correct although he also would derive some income of course from demonstrations. I believe this reality of how the commercial nurseries produce an income is often...
  • Terry, you make an interesting point about the trees not belonging to the nursery. I assume that Kimura then makes most of his income from caring for trees and preparing them for shows. I assumed...
  • Terry, I'm not sure either about this. Do you think it could be a white olive? The trunk does not look like it though, but the leaves and branches resemble. More photos may be helpful to be sure.
  • Terry Erasmus comment on the photo kimura bonsai trees-023
    Oh yeah I can see why this is a bit misleading. These few trees were on their wait to Taiken ten and were set aside closer to the road to be collected. This is the only time such a masterpiece will...
  • Gerald Randall shared a photo in Gerald Randall's Photos album
    This is one of the scars I was referring to. Covered with cling wrap and I took this photo (looking at the date stamp) about 6 days after the cut was made and the cut was closed with cling wrap. A few weeks later and it has closed even more. However, winter is approaching and I've removed the cling wrap some time back, so it is slowing down tremendously.
    This is one of the scars I was referring to. Covered with cling wrap and I took this photo (looking at the date stamp) about 6 days after the cut was made and the cut was closed with cling wrap. A few weeks later and it has closed even more. However, winter is approaching and I've removed the cling wrap some time back, so it is slowing down tremendously.
    2 weeks ago
    Gerald Randall Yip, I looked at it today, it is probably about twice that now, but the leaves are almost all off the tree, so activity is very low. The green has hardened and gone brown. I thought I would have more time to clean up the cut, but it is closing fast. I'll clean it up in spring.
    2 weeks ago
  • Bill shared a photo in Bill's Photos album
    Can anyone identify this tree / bush?
    Can anyone identify this tree / bush?
    2 weeks ago
    tim flack Looks like a wild olive to me hey those leaves are very thin and long.
    2 weeks ago
  • I am looking forward to the build. I'm very busy at the moment with other activities at the moment, so I'm taking it slow. Will plan it properly and then get going. I'm thinking of going much...
  • Terry, I was actually referring to this tree in particular. It is not the first time that I've seen this. I recognise that it may be a temporary stand, but I've seen it many times before. I remain...
  • I've, just read someone questioning using charcoal in bonsai use. I noticed a dominance in "agree" answered. I am scheptical.. Mainly due to the use of glue and chemicals. What are your thoughts.
    2 weeks ago
    Kyle macaskill Hi, I did read this article about charcoal for bonsai , jst cant remember where , but only for certain trees , such as ficus and certain conifers , as the charcoal, as terry stated , reduces acidity in the soil, I have used charcoal pellets from a pet shop and mixed about a cup to 1kg of bonsai soil mix for my wild figs That I rescued from my aunt , they seem to be doing extremely well, I heard That charcoal also helps to controll certain bacteria in the soil Tha may effect the root systems of young seedlings prone to root rot . On the other hand to increase acidity for certain plants mixing ground tea leaves into the soil helps as it releases tannic acid into the soil.
    1 week ago
  • Terry Erasmus comment on the photo kimura bonsai trees-033
    Gerald, none of the commercial bonsai nurseries I have been to in Japan use plastic crates. This might be so in other countries but definately not in Japan. You certainly have a challenge though as...
  • Is anyone aware that some species of acacia in South Africa have been re classified Senigalia. Basically all the monkey thorns. Eg galphinni, burkei
    2 weeks ago
    Terry Erasmus Bill they have already succeeded. The question now is whether the South African contingent can get it changed but it looked extremely unlikely.
    2 weeks ago
  • I am in the process of looking into what my new benches would look like, when I looked over these photos. I'm always amazed at how 'basic' the benches in many of these gardens are. Using a plastic...
  • Terry Erasmus comment on the photo kimura bonsai trees
    What i would suggest Bill is to collect pictures of trees which you like. Order them in folders on your computer. Then when you get your hands on some rough stock, create a collage of pictures...
  • Terry Erasmus comment on the photo kimura bonsai trees-033
    My pleasure Bill. I will be traveling to Japan again now in May. I won't be going to Master Kimura's place but I will be going back to AichiEn and also to several nurseries in Takamatsu. Perhaps...
  • Bill comment on the photo kimura bonsai trees-033
    Thank you for uploading these photos. They are very inspiring.
    Bill

  • Bill comment on the photo kimura bonsai trees
    The tree " Kimura,s garden is stunning. I am sure it was a good number of years dedicating to the style. Not deviating from the vision to become.
    I find it difficult to concept the style, then...

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