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  • Looks great with the full show of leaf. Very nice work.
  • Kobus comment on the photo _MG_1656
    I agree with both of you, bonsai means planting in tray. Thus there should be a balance between the tree & container. How do we as bonsai enthusiast create a market for amazing pots? We need to...
  • My Pride of Traansvaal on display at the Oyama bonsai show over the weekend.
  • Brett Simon shared a photo in Galpinia Penjing album
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    Had some rocks a slab and a tree that i really like but will never be a stand alone tree in a pot. A little time, flat cut some rocks made some muck and this is the result.
    View location 19 hours 44 minutes ago
    Milly Abrahams Lovely composition Brett.
    7 months ago
  • Brett Simon comment on the photo _MG_1656
    Gerald, i think that the pot and tree must fit together. How much would i pay for a pot that really fits a tree i value a lot....... At most R2000. That said it also depends on the pot size ect. I...
  • Gerald Randall comment on the photo _MG_1656
    I'm probably opening a topic here which may be sensitive. I hope everyone will give me their opinion. How much should a grower pay for the pot in which they put a prized tree. It is not a trick...
  • Gerald Randall comment on the photo _MG_1656
    On a related topic, my wife made some training pots from cement and a paper mâché. Last year, they were painted with a bitumen sealer inside and they have survived very well in the two seasons....
  • Gerald Randall comment on the photo _MG_1656
    Kobus, I see you are sporting some of my favourite plastic containers in the background. I have just added another 10 of the square seed trays you have some of your trees growing in. They really do...
  • Gerald Randall comment on the photo SAM_0168
    Hannes, that is a pity. Unfortunately domestic pets and bonsai do not always work well together. I have had more damage by let's over the years than from nature. I have two Boxers and my...
  • Carel Kilian comment on the photo DSC06477 (1).JPG
    Yes. I collected it in the bush two years ago. I am planing to bring the cascading branch down to just below the bottom of the pot and to focus on developing the layers a littel more.
  • Kobus comment on the photo _MG_1656
    Morning Gerald, Thank you for the comments. I'm busy cataloguing all my trees and sorting out all of my photo's. I'll the upload them as soon as I'm done. Then you will be able to see the trees in...
  • Kobus shared a photo in Collection album
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    These are my hopefuls!
    View location yesterday
  • hannes comment on the photo SAM_0168
    Hallo Gerald, ek sal later nuwe photo's opsit van sy vorderige maar ek het groot skade gehad!Ons kat het amper al sy takke afgebreek en hy het amper gegroet.Ek moet basies nou n heel nuwe boom...
  • Theo, did you plant the tree and rock underground for a couple of seasons before you potted it? The composition is good, but it notice that some of the roots are not touching the rock. I did two...
  • Gerald Randall comment on the photo SAM_0168
    Hannes, how is this tree professing after you moved it on the rock?
  • Terry, yip, I didn't read the post below. Looked at the tree and thought 'broom'.
  • Theo Seale shared a photo in Theo Seale's Photos album
    Hi guys, here is my very first root over rock bonsai. I did it last weekend and still looking strong. Hoping it will survive.
    Hi guys, here is my very first root over rock bonsai. I did it last weekend and still looking strong. Hoping it will survive.
    5 days ago
    Gerald Randall Theo, did you plant the tree and rock underground for a couple of seasons before you potted it? The composition is good, but it notice that some of the roots are not touching the rock. I did two ficus root over rock, which I have growing into the rock in two large plastic containers for a season. I will remove from the plastic containers in November and then decide if they are ready for a bonsai container. I may first place them in a smaller plastic container for another season, while I work on the branches, before I transfer to a bonsai container. I could not see what geographic area you live in, so I can't gauge if it is the correct time for your geographic area to do this type of work on this species.
    4 days ago
  • Terry Erasmus comment on the photo chinese maple potting-2
    Ha ha Gerald, I have noticed your absence. The ficus action which you describe is typical. I'm not a big fig fan but I have 1 which I keep for sentimental reasons. It's a root over rock and some of...
  • Gerald, I assume you have not seen the latest post of this tree as I think it would answer your question. No at a stage like this I would rarely do such a drastic start as to regrow a trunk, one...
  • Hello Gerald. I have previously told you about the sealant I use, but you opted to use something else is what you told me. It is actually an acrylic sealer/filler used in laminate wooden floors....
  • Gerald Randall comment on the photo _MG_1656
    Kobus, I can see the potential in this Olive trunk. With some carving and new growth you will have a tremendous tree. I also see some great potential in the trees in the background. The trees seem...
  • Terry, what sealant do you use? Have you brought it from Japan or is it commercially sold in SA. I notice it is very red. I use Bonsai Bond. It is much darker and works well with some species as it...
  • Terry, are you going to re-grow the trunk into an informal upright, or is the intention to create a broom style. I looked at a couple of Celtis who have been grown in broom styles. I am not that...
  • Gerald Randall comment on the photo DSC06477 (1).JPG
    I certainly agree with Terry, it must be a Yamadori. Great tree Carel. What is the history of the tree and what are your further intensions.
  • Hi Terry, it's been a while since I have been in Bonsai Tree.
    Impressive how the trunk has fused. I would not have thought that this was a fused trunk. I have a small Ficus Natalensis, which I grew...
  • Terry Erasmus comment on the photo _MG_1989
    Yes Kobus, this is a much better trunk to work with. Of course you will need to do some carving of the trunk once you have chopped it down but don't fear, there are many on this site who will be...
  • 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 1 week ago
  • 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.
    2 weeks ago
    Carel Kilian Thanks for the advice. Can't wait to see what the tree will look like 4 to 5 years from now.
    2 weeks 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/…
    2 weeks ago
  • 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)
    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?
    2 weeks ago