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View location 3 hours 7 minutes agoView location 6 days agoHi Terry. The Japanese White Pine I have seen in Cape Town from growers, have a "cold" slightly blue tinge to them. Not the punchy green like black pine. Yet the pictures in books and websites show beautifull green trees. Why is that ?1 week agoTerry Erasmus Bill this is a good question. In South Africa we have very limited varieties in certain species. In Japan for instance there are many different sub species of Black Pine and each has slightly different characteristics. White pines are no different, there are quite a number of species and each has different qualities. I presume the white pines you have seen are all grafted and come from China. The foliage type which is grafted is the strongest type and has a sort of blue/grey colour needle. The trees in the books which you see are most likely not grafted, are a different foliage type and hence the difference in needle colour. It has nothing to do with cultivation technique or fertilizer etc.1 week agoI suppose we can include cork bark "Oak tree" in this " cork bark forum. I have cork bark in Chinese Elm, Oak and paper bark Acasia. The problem I have is hou to bend or wire these without leaving scars.1 week agoTerry Erasmus Usually Bill, when I wire these trees its when the branch is young and has not developed cork bark yet. However if you are trying to bend something which is older then you are probably better off using stays instead of wiring loops around the branches. However this technique is very restrictive in what kinds of bends you can do. If you need to do more then I would suggest you use wire which has been pushed through airline tubing (from an aquarium store or otherwise) The tubing will cushion the wire. You could alternatively use paper, which is what they traditionally do with azaleas due to the very thin bark. However I think the latter technique will not be sufficient cushioning and will be far more time consuming.1 week agoHello. I move my trees to various locations depending on the weather. At the moment, the sun is so low, I have moved them exposed to get as much sun as possible. They get from first light till 3.00 PM. Question. They will be exposed to the heavy rains about to come. Will they suffer from too much water /root rot ? When they have been protected from the rain under cover, they don't get sun and I think I am guilty of under watering. Help please.1 week agoDriekie uploaded a new avatar1 week agoSpent some time with my trees today. We had some frost in the week and just noticed that my Celtis and Natal Figs did not take it well. Black leaves are clearly an indication of frost. I've had to take them to a more protective place. It's been many years since I've lived in frost prone area. I will have to do some research.2 weeks agoBroadleaf evergreens.
They are the following. Species of
They are similar to Deciduous, however deciduous loose there leaves in winter.
The deciduous category are plants like: maples, and celtis.
The two categories above are then further broken down into:
*and opposite leaf patterns.
Pruning and ramification technique is very similar for both.3 weeks agoFor beginners.
Bonsai is divided into 3 main categories.
1) This is then divided further. In the coniferous evergreen category.
elongating growth habits like Juniper, spruce and Hinoki.
2) whorled growth patterns. Such as pines.3 weeks agoHow do you say these words?
Shohin- show heen
Kifu- kee foo
Chuuhin- chew heen
Ogata- oh gata3 weeks agoLet's look at bonsai sizes. Many either don't know or are confused at size categories of Bonsai.
In Japan there are 4 different size categories, measured from the top of the pot to the apex of the tree.
*Shohin - trees below 20 cm in height.
*Kifu- trees measuring from 21 cm up to about 30cm
*Chuuhin- from 30 cm up to 45 cm
*Ogata- anything larger than 45 cm. But generally in Japan they are kept to under 1.5m tall. Although the imperial collection in Tokyo there are trees that are larger3 weeks agoChinese maple in development showing Autumn colours still. A beautiful mix of colour. And an idea of what's to come for this tree in the coming drawing seasons.Kyle macaskill uploaded a new avatar3 weeks agoHi Guys
Can anyone tell me when is the last frost in the Mpumalanga area3 weeks agoSome new Japanese words that are bonsai related I've learnt...
Mekiri -candle pruning
Hasukashi- thinning out the needles
Metsumi -pinching out the buds
#UselessInfoForTheDay3 weeks agoStarted with some of my new benches at our new house today. Far from done, but optimistic about the results. The property isn't ideal for benches, but over time I'm confident we will achieve what we want to. A tremendous amount of garden reshape required. We will do this over the next couple of years.3 weeks agoStarted with some of my new benches at our new house today. Far from done, but optimistic about the results. The property isn't ideal for benches, but over time I'm confident we will achieve what we want to. A tremendous amount of garden reshape required. We will do this over the next couple of years.3 weeks agoI for one can never get enough knowledge, I've seen Bonsai Empire and Bjorn Bjoirholm have collaborated to make an online beginner course to Bonsai. It seems like a great way to learn basics, obviously some species will not grow well or at all in SA, but I think it's worthwhile the $20 enrolment fee. Check it out if you're interested. course.bonsaiempire.com/catalog/…
It's really worthwhile. Bjorn produced a video series the Bonsai Art of Japan, free on YouTube GREAT quality.4 weeks agoAny one with info to grow clanwillian ceder from seed ,any advice is appriciated ...4 weeks agoHi tim after hours of searching fot exact tridant maple species, this was all I could find . ThankyouAnother pic of the leaves of mystery maple .....Any idea of the exact maple species? Found this growing on the farm in citrusdal, collect a few seeds, but the exact species remains a mystery.....4 weeks agoTerry Erasmus I'm not sure if its necessarily a different cultivar, but perhaps I'm not understanding the meaning of the word properly. However what I can say is that maples grown from seed are almost never true to the mother plant. This means that the leaves might be a different shape, it might start pushing in spring at a different time, internodal distances might differ etc. If you for instance want to grow a forest or use the material to graft with (and you will see the leaves) then you can only use cutting material.4 weeks agoFor the love of colanders.my little experimental Hinoki Cypress( I own 3 of these, absolutely adore them)this little guy has been planted in a colander with lots of LECCA and peat.ive read in countless articles and blogs that this method is used to grow Japanese Black Pines.Resulting in vigorous growth and trunk thickening.ive done this as an experiment to see how well it works. Apparently bonsai professionals like Boon Manakitivipart have used this method. Let's see if this little guy likes it4 weeks agotim flack I've seen a lot of info online about it, I've seen a nursery in Japan where all the pines in development are grown in colanders. Here's a link for you to read. (Luckily for you you don't need to try alternate to field growing, I saw those Tridents in your broadleaf section at your bonsaien SPECTACTULAR)
plenty more out there on the topic. Thought I'd try it out and let everyone know in 6 months and then again in a year4 weeks agoSean comment on the photo Good morning to all <br />I planted these seedlings in December 2014. They only started growing two weeks ago. Any ideas whyI've seen a few posts lately about when to repot what. Take a look at this guide from the Cape Bonsai Kai website it's been a tremendous help for me. Get a nice big notebook for yourselves and dedicate sections to your trees,whereby you make notes on what to do when. Call it a bonsai bible and every time you learn something new write it in. If it doesn't work cross it out. Put important things like when to do what.so when one day you cross over to the next place, there is instructions for others1 month agotim flack comment on the photo Good morning to all <br />I planted these seedlings in December 2014. They only started growing two weeks ago. Any ideas whyGood morning to all
I planted these seedlings in December 2014. They only started growing two weeks ago. Any ideas why1 month ago