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  • Terry Erasmus shared a photo in Terry Erasmus's Photos album
    It's not and never will be a bonsai, but you can still appreciate azalea for their flowers.
    It's not and never will be a bonsai, but you can still appreciate azalea for their flowers.
    18 hours 30 minutes ago
  • Hallo Gerald,yes they are not indigenous to SA.They make very nice bonsais.I've collected it from a plantation but they are very difficult to find.Thats why I'm planting them for myself and some...
  • Are they growing in your area? They are not indigenous to the area. Was it part of a plantation?
  • Gerald Randall comment on the photo WP_20140830_002
    Are you selling the seedlings?
  • hannes shared 2 photos in Aleppo PIne (Mediteranean Red Pine) album
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    This pine I collected last year and only now started to work on it.
    View location 2 days ago
    Gerald Randall Thanks Hannes. I don't think that the sappi plantation pines in our area are really conducive to bonsai. Not sure. I wonder if anyone has actually collected from the plantations in the Western Cape and grown as bonsai. I however have been told by a couple of growers that the only pines for Bonsai are white and black pines. My view is that there are other species which also make good bonsai. I look forward to the progression on your trees.
    3 hours 9 minutes ago
  • hannes comment on the photo WP_20140830_002
    Thanks Gerald now I must just get them growing.Damping off is still my worry but sow far sow good!!!I've planted this weekend 600 more.I've got same buyers for them.
  • Gerald Randall comment on the photo WP_20140830_002
    Hannes, that is impressive. I have not had great success with my seedlings this year. Neither my winter cuttings. I have been so busy with work related activities that I have seriously neglected...
  • hannes shared a photo in Aleppo Pine Seedlings album
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    a month later!!
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    Gerald Randall That is great success. Keep them moist, not wet. Are you using a fungicide? I can't remember where you said you got the seeds from.
    2 weeks ago
  • Terry, It appears as my pine has small male catkins and needle candles. As this shot is close up I can't see if this tree has needle candles. I probably need to go and read a bit more about the...
  • Terry Erasmus shared a photo in General Bonsai Album album
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    Just a random collection of images pertaining to my favourite hobby, bonsai tree's.
    less than a minute ago
    Terry Erasmus Winter pruned this past weekend, this little elm forest grown from root cuttings planted onto a natural slab always brings joy to me at this time of the year. Lots of energy in it I think although it's hard to capture in a photo.
    3 months ago
  • Terry Erasmus shared a photo in Terry Erasmus's Photos album
    Just for you Kobus. Some male catkins on a Japanese Black Pine.
    Just for you Kobus. Some male catkins on a Japanese Black Pine.
    less than a minute ago
    Kobus Terry, It appears as my pine has small male catkins and needle candles. As this shot is close up I can't see if this tree has needle candles. I probably need to go and read a bit more about the growing cycle op pines. Thanks for the photo Terry, I appreciate it.
    6 days ago
  • Good morning all bonsai enthusiast, can you please post some pics of your trees new growth as the new life of a tree is so beautiful. Terry and I hope you can take some pics of your pines. Good day all.
    less than a minute ago
  • Gerald Randall comment on the photo image
    Thanks Terry. Hence the use of the word 'apparently' in my text. I do not see the value either, but unfortunately it would seem a lot of the reading material I have been going through seems to...
  • Terry Erasmus comment on the photo image
    Gerald, apologies if you know this already but let me just explain the colander method then for other readers. The benefit to planting a tree into a colander has to do with the root ball. What...
  • Gerald Randall comment on the photo image
    Apparently, it contains the roots and as such creates a far more dense root ball. Also apparently easier to lift. I can't prove it. Never tried it, hence the question. A lot written about it, but...
  • Terry Erasmus comment on the photo image
    Gerald whats the point of using a colander if its placed into the ground?
  • Gerald Randall comment on the photo image
    Thanks Terry. I have seen colanders used in and out of the ground. I was just wondering. I am in your court on this. I am also a field grower. I do not unfortunately have the time to spend....
  • Terry Erasmus comment on the photo image
    Gerald, that's a good question. I tried the colander approach once a couple years ago. To be fair I did not try it long enough but what I did experience is that one needs to use a fast draining...
  • Tip of the day. Never plant a swamp cypress in a pot with an undercut. Never! Not even for one growing season.
    1 week ago
  • Gerald Randall comment on the photo image
    What is your view of growing them in a colander? Over a plate or tile, which is in the colander. The size of these trees will unlikely allow for growth in a colander.
  • Terry Erasmus comment on the photo IMG_7755
    Future penjing styled tree Gary? What's your idea with it? Tell me, does the roots stink or the wood when you cut it, or how did the tree get it's common name?
  • I am physically drained today! Moved over 20 maples to my growing field in Grabouw. Thank heavens this effort is only required every few years!
    1 week ago
    Terry Erasmus Yes Gerald, the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak is certainly an apt statement in this case. I really did not think I would make it. Fortunately I had a helper with me otherwise I suspect I would have given up. I'm very curious to see how this new approach, growing the trees in a farm environment instead of at my home, is going to work out for me. But I must say that I am glad for the extra space, in which I will now build more benches to place the imported Japanese trees which come through every few months.
    1 week ago
  • Terry Erasmus comment on the photo image
    Thanks Gerald. These are field grown trees. They have not been root pruned for about 4 years now. I grow them in a sandy mix. The secret is growing them on a tile or other flat surface. It makes it...
  • Gerald Randall comment on the photo image
    Terry, the roots are impressive. Is this natural development or have you used some grafting? If natural development what feeding do you give and what growing medium have you planted them in up to now?
  • Peter Tea posted an blog were he said that pines need to dry out between waterings.Can someone help me with the 'dry' part!Must it be most or bone dry?
    2 weeks ago
    Gerald Randall Hannes, I agree with Terry. The number one cause of bonsai dying is incorrect watering. Young pines are sensitive to dry soil. They still need to be moist all the time. Older trees, can tolerate some drought, but NEVER cork dry. Pines have very unique roots, which do not like to be kept wet. The roots also like a lot of oxygen. By allowing the growing medium to dry out, air and hence oxygen is drawn into the soil. Great for pine roots. The soil does not have to be cork dry, it just has to dry out some. As it dries out, the water is replaced with the equal amount of air/oxygen. The more it dries the more, air is drawn in. So you can decide how dry you want the soil to become before you water again. But never too dry, it will damage the tree. Terry's rule around dry to the touch seems to be a great rule of thumb.
    2 weeks ago
  • Terry, thanks for the Bonsai Boost. I received it today and added to some of my trees. I will give you feedback on results. The feedback from other users are very positive, so I do not expect anything less.
    2 weeks ago
    Terry Erasmus Thanks Gerald, look forward to your comments in the future.
    2 weeks ago
  • Terry Erasmus comment on the photo _MG_2612
    That's a lot of realizations Kobus. Good job, I can see that you are in for the long haul. Don't worry your patience will be rewarded.
  • I have noticed that my black pine's sap has started to move over the last week. The candles has started to lengthen.
    2 weeks ago
  • Kobus comment on the photo _MG_2612
    Hi Terry, I'm not going to throw it away. I think I matured a bit during this year regarding my expectations from what can be achieved in a year. The one thing I learned this year is that bonsai...
  • Was informed yesterday that my 20 foot container of pots will soon be leaving the Far East. Only a couple months late! Oh well, I'm making lemonade in the meantime :)
    2 weeks ago
  • Terry, great article/newsletter on Layering. Check out Ken Mackaway's layering techniques. Tremendous 360 degree roots which are strong and very dense in 2 months. The best I've seen. Definitely worth getting his technique. It is great for species which tend to be tougher to layer. I have not layered a pine, but I'm told this works very well for JBP. Five months to layer a JBP, which is very good. I've not struggled with layers taking, but his technique definitely results in massive root volume.
    2 weeks ago
    Terry Erasmus Thanks Gerald.
    2 weeks ago
  • Terry Erasmus comment on the photo _MG_2612
    Hi Kobus, I did not suggest you throw it away. Just that your expectations of what will be done with it in the short term need to be realistic. By all means practise on it though. The trees I...
  • Kobus comment on the photo _MG_2612
    Hi Terry, I missed the club dig as it was washed out due to rain. I'm not going to chuck this one soon as I'm planning to test my carving skill and probably some grafting as well. I'm first going...
  • Shaun comment on the album Wild Olive
    Howzit Terry - just a note to say thanks for an awesome pot!

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