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  • Kobus shared 2 photos in Phoenix - Ficus album
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    This is the tree of the story. It is developing some nice air roots.
    yesterday
  • Neli shared a photo in Neli's Photos album
    Hi everyone! Looking forward to meeting you next year at the convention. Everything is green here...lots of rain and things are growing and flowering.
    This trident is very old...so I just left it to grow and fertilized every week. They are hard to backbud when old so I really needed it to gain lots of energy so it buds more closer to the trunk.
    Hi everyone! Looking forward to meeting you next year at the convention. Everything is green here...lots of rain and things are growing and flowering.<br />This trident is very old...so I just left it to grow and fertilized every week. They are hard to backbud when old so I really needed it to gain lots of energy so it buds more closer to the trunk.
    2 days ago
  • Terry Erasmus shared a photo in Japanese Red Pine album
    Japanese red pine
    This album reflects the development of a Japanese red pine which I purchased from a bonsai nursery in 2008.
    2 days ago
  • Terry Erasmus shared a photo in Japanese Red Pine II album
    Japanese red pine
    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 days ago
    Dorian Fourie Love Bishopsford Bonsai Nursery. Got my very first bonsai there.

    Great Red Pine.
    2 months ago
  • Terry Erasmus shared 8 photos in Chinese maple album
    grafting VI
    grafting V
    grafting IV
    grafting III
    grafting II
    grafting I
    After work - December 2014
    Before work - December 2014
    15/09/2012 - I exchanged this trident maple with a friend who was not entirely sure of what to do with it. It has a large cut scar at the back of the tree and the nebari is pretty awful. I was...
    2 days ago
    Terry Erasmus This is not so much a technique Gerald. Its purely to increase the surface area from where roots can emerge. If you were to "straighten" this zigzag line it would be much longer than a line cut straight around the trunk. No matter what cut you do, Maples will callous over sometimes when trying to layer them. I cannot say which cut is better and I am not really interested in experimenting as this type of cut has at least the potential of producing more roots than a straight one so why not use it regardless.
    1 year ago
  • After work - December 2014
    Before work - December 2014
    I bought this tree from a nursery in a 1L bag. It was planted in the ground and pruned as a normal garden bush for 3 years. As you can see, it has developed a very pleasing trunk, the thickness of...
    2 days ago
  • Terry Erasmus shared a photo in Japanese Zelkova broom album
    December - 2014
    I acquired this Japanese Zelkova from Gail roughly 2 years ago. It was a bag tree and really did not look like much. It most likely started life as a root cutting. So in order to get something...
    2 days ago
  • Terry Erasmus shared 2 photos in Chinese Elm Bonsai album
    After work - December 2014
    Before work - December 2014
    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 days 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.
    10 months ago
  • Morning all, I have a story to tell about a young fig tree I collected from the side of a palm tree. One day I took the dogs for a walk and saw young fig trees growing on the palm alongside the road. Of course I collected one for me and shoved it in the pocket for the rest of the walk. At home I put it in the ground and a couple of day later I had someone word in the garden. Needless to say I did not ask the gentlemen not to remove that small tree from the ground. During my inspection of the...
    3 days ago
    Terry Erasmus Thats quite a story Kobus! It should be called the Phoenix ficus from now on! :)
    2 days ago
  • Morning, wiring can be hard work especially on smaller trees. Wiring is relaxing for me and as Terry mentioned that wiring is like playing chess. I had branches snapped off because I did not wore...
  • Nice Tim, looks healthy indeed. I want to make a suggestion regards your wiring. Your 2nd branch, the wire loops around the trunk and then around the back and over the branch you are bending. This...
  • tim flack shared a photo in tim flack's Photos album
    This is the Natal fig on the 12th of Jan 14. Huge difference in it now!
    This is the Natal fig on the 12th of Jan 14. Huge difference in it now!
    less than a minute ago
  • tim flack shared a photo in tim flack's Photos album
    Shohin Natal Fig, just finished wiring it up. Rough styling, its doing very well. Not bad for a woolworths rescue.
    Shohin Natal Fig, just finished wiring it up. Rough styling, its doing very well. Not bad for a woolworths rescue.
    less than a minute ago
    Kobus Morning, wiring can be hard work especially on smaller trees. Wiring is relaxing for me and as Terry mentioned that wiring is like playing chess. I had branches snapped off because I did not wore correctly for what I intended to do with the branch. I am getting better the more wire I apply to my trees. One other aspect is using the correct gauge of wire for the branch. It is also important to bend with the coil direction of the wire as the wire stiffens more. Wiring is a skill on its own.
    3 days ago
  • Terry Erasmus comment on the photo JBP December 2014
  • This image was taken in Feb 2014.
  • Terry Erasmus shared a photo in Japanese Black Pine album
    JBP December 2014
    I love pines. There is just something special about them as a bonsai tree. I think it is the continuity they display through the seasons, year after year. This is direct contrast to my other...
    2 weeks ago
    Graham I think that just goes to show the benefits of bonsai boost. Although I lose a few bags now and again to a group of unwelcome visitors, and it's early season still the benefits I see in my trees this season are incomparable to previous seasons. I have used nothing other than bonsai boost . I am keen to get to the end of the season and really appreciate progress . Without a doubt my trees are much healthier and growing way better this season. Anyone who has not tried BonsaiBoost do yourself a favour and test it. The results will be tangible.
    1 week ago
  • Preparing for the Cape Bonsai Kai show which starts in 2 days at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.
    2 weeks ago
  • Bill comment on the photo Acacia Burkei 01 5 Dec 2014
    Hello Graham. I envy your Burkei Acasia. I have two nursery bag trees. Their branches spires in all directions. Wiring all of these must have taken total dedication. For now, I have wired my...
  • Great tree Graham. This image conjures up all sorts of African landscapes in ones mind. The silhouette is great and one can see that each branch has been meticulously placed in position. The tree...
  • Graham shared a photo in Acacia Burkei progression album
    Acacia Burkei 01 5 Dec 2014
    Acacia Burkei started from pencil thick bag stock in 1995. Finally finished the finer wiring today. Slowly getting towards the typical acacia image. But wiring is a tedious job on acacias!
    2 weeks ago
  • tim flack shared a photo in tim flack's Photos album
    An early Christmas gift :) some wire to start off the development, the main branch is growing out for thickness. Im excited about this tree.
    An early Christmas gift :) some wire to start off the development, the main branch is growing out for thickness.  Im excited about this tree.
    2 weeks ago
    Terry Erasmus It seems I better put my stocking out as well if Santa is already doing the rounds!
    2 weeks ago
  • Graham, congrats on the new acquisition. I like what you have done so far, at the moment I think you have 2 styles on the tree. Informal upright and literati, for me the foliage masses do not...
  • Graham shared 2 photos in Juniperus Chinensis Progression album
    Juniperus Chinensis Second image after Styling 05 Dec 2014
    Offering picture Jan 2014
    This was a tree acquired from Terry around Jan 2014. A year has elapsed and in that time I have roughly styled it and recently repotted it. Great material to work with Terry! The live veins and...
    2 weeks ago
    Kobus Graham & Terry, I will change my comments from previous post. Terry thanks for pointing out the fact that the drooping branch is the trees X factor. The tree is still in its development phase, I think I neglected to take this into consideration with my previous comments. Graham, are you aiming to have the same silhouette for the two foliage masses?
    2 weeks ago
  • tim flack shared a photo in tim flack's Photos album
    This is the result of last weeks plucking... 2 leaves.. no extention of a second internode. Just one short one growing very close to the branches. I guess you learn from experimenting. I may have to grow new branches now... *sigh.
    This is the result of last weeks plucking... 2 leaves.. no extention of a second internode. Just one short one growing very close to the branches.  I guess you learn from experimenting.  I may have to grow new branches now... *sigh.
    2 weeks ago
    Terry Erasmus Tim this is why I asked about the stage of development of this tree. Pinching the buds will dramatically slow the tree down and will also gradually weaken it. It's a delicate balancing act when a tree reaches maturity to maintain health but also size. Health always trumps styling. So eventually branches are replaced that are too thick as you must allow growth to develop. There is some good info on this in the Bonsai Art of Japan, Mr Fujikawa discusses and demonstrates this.
    2 weeks ago
  • It is said that if I want to thicken a stem, it should grow in the " garden / field" longer. What if I used a big plastic pot. They are about 50 cm deep. About 40cm diameter.
    I am currently growing a oteniqua yellow wood, cork oak, Chinese maple, Karoo sweet thorn acasia. In these big pots.
    2 weeks ago
    Bill Thanks Terry.
    2 weeks ago
  • Carel Kilian shared 2 photos in Carel Kilian's Photos album
    Apiesdoring (Acacia galpinii)  Any advice to improve this tree
    Lavender tree (Heteropyxis natalensis)
    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?
    9 months ago
  • Carel Kilian comment on the photo
  • tim flack shared a photo in tim flack's Photos album
    Some evening petiole plucking... not too fun on a big tree. But this benishidare maple has really long internodes and the leaves get really big. Hoping this will help. A technique used for shohin sized japanese maples.
    Some evening petiole plucking... not too fun on a big tree.  But this benishidare maple has really long internodes and the leaves get really big. Hoping this will help. A technique used for shohin sized japanese maples.
    2 weeks ago
    Terry Erasmus 10mm on a Japanese maple is pretty darn good Tim. No shame in that. However I think its premature to be using this technique and I also think you need to see this step in context ie if you keep pinching all season the tree will eventually become weaker and weaker, it must be allowed to grow a little.
    4 days ago
  • Edzard, theres a nice basic structure to this tree however I think thicker wire is needed to put more curves in the primary branches. I also think that you might consider removing the first right...
  • Hallo Everyone. Anyone know where I can find a Chinese Privet tree( Ligustrum obtusiflium)? I am in JHB
    3 weeks ago
    Manie van Brakel Thank you. Will look around.
    2 weeks ago
  • Edzard shared a photo in Edzard's Photos album
    One of my Ficus projects.
    One of my Ficus projects.
    3 weeks ago
    Terry Erasmus Edzard, theres a nice basic structure to this tree however I think thicker wire is needed to put more curves in the primary branches. I also think that you might consider removing the first right branch, the one with the guy wire on. It's on the inside of the curve. I am not refering to a rule here, but I think as this branch thickens you will lose some of the trunk curve, which is slight to begin with. I also think it's a weak branch and it should be a lot stronger considering its place on the trunk. The branch just above it seems like a good replacement, it seems to have more girth and is on the outside of the curve. I think the overall outline, the one I imagine you are working towards for this tree, does not require the lower branch. It also appears that you have several heavy branches emerging from a very similar height on the trunk, about half way up. Might just be the picture, but this might cause some problems down the line ie reverse taper and webbing.
    3 weeks ago
  • Its amazing, Tim, the development in 1 year. I can clearly see the branches have thickened substantially and your candles/needles are looking much fuller and healthier. One suggestion...
  • Hi Terry

    I bought BonsaiBoost a few months ago but only start using it at the beginning of November. Within a week I could see a change in the colour of the tree's leaves. From thereon I have observed a dramatic change in the health of the trees and the growth rate of the new shoots. I am particularly pleased with the results on the new Yamadori that I have collected. I have tried a variety of other organic fertilizers over the years but never had such positive results. Well-done on...
    3 weeks ago
    Terry Erasmus Thanks Carel! I am extremely pleased you got around to trying it and I bet you wish you had begun a couple months before :) I too have had very good results on yamadori olives so this seems to be what can be expected. Thanks again for the feedback, its invaluable to me. In case you are on Facebook please like my new BonsaiBoost facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/bonsaiboost
    3 weeks ago
  • tim flack shared a photo in tim flack's Photos album
    Here is one year later taken today. Amazing. Green because of bonsai boost (put around the bas as I want some nebari to pop out like that)
    Here is one year later taken today. Amazing. Green because of bonsai boost (put around the bas as  I want some nebari to pop out like that)
    3 weeks ago
    Terry Erasmus Its amazing, Tim, the development in 1 year. I can clearly see the branches have thickened substantially and your candles/needles are looking much fuller and healthier. One suggestion though....place the BonsaiBoost sachet's further away, ideally near the rim of the pot. This encourages root development further away from the trunk. In time this will promote trunk flare and of course better growth as you are utilizing the full volume of the container. Although JBP can be grown a lot quicker when in the ground, I have seen some amazing ones in Japan which were grown in containers all their lives. Just make use of lots of sacrifice branching, with BonsaiBoost you need not fear about backbudding, you will have so many you will need to select and thin the others out.
    3 weeks ago

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