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View location 15 hours 40 minutes agoI have a Japanese Black Pine and what to fatten the trunk on some spots.What can I do?17 hours 7 minutes agoTerry Erasmus Hannes there are several techniques. Apparently you can lightly hammer the surface where you want it to thicken and in the process of healing it fattens up. I have not tried this approach. You can also score the bark/cambium vertically and again with healing it fattens. This approach I have tried and even after years the scars still have not gone and I cannot say that it did much good. The best method would be to graft onto that spot and allow the branch which develops to fatten that area. I can strongly recommend the Japanese grafting tape called Buddy Tape. It cannot be compared to normal grafting tape, its multi use and you will get much better results. Take a look: http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/item/155263711/Imported_Japanese_Grafting_Buddy_Tape_40m.html15 hours 53 minutes agoI have noticed in some of my Eugenias that at the bud points there seems to be hundreds of little shoots coming out. Which clearly deforms the bud and makes it difficult to style. Is this genetic or is it a disease. I have had one tree for many years and last season this happened and the tree has now died. It was still in development stages in the ground. I suspect it was the over eager bud development which caused poor leaf development and the tree starved. Whatever the reason for this...yesterdayI gave this Black pine its first styling.I bended the trunk a bit more and wired the branches.I maid a small mistake and cut some growing tips on 1 or 2 branches and was very worried.Now almost...View location 5 days agoTerry Erasmus Well done Hannes. The initial styling of this tree is great. I would just like to comment that the only task that should be done during dormancy for a pine is wiring. If there are some minor branches which need to be eliminated then that's fine otherwise you want to leave hard pruning for during active growing period. The reason for this is to use the energy which has built up in the tree to produce new buds when you make large cuts. Cutting the tips was a mistake as you mention, the reason you do not want to do this is that you want the tree to build up energy and the way it does this is to develop new candles which produce new needles, which act as energy generators. To help the process along you feed lots of fertilizer, such as BonsaiBoost. In the height of summer you prune this years growth off entirely. The tree will then bring out another set of candles and you should see several buds develop along the branch too. Of course this is the technique explained very coarsly, there are finer points and of course there are different techniques for trees where branch thickening is required or where the tree is weak etc. Keep up the good work Hannes, I look forward to seeing the pine in a couple years.5 days agoHi all
I used to be on another forum that just died without explanation.
My first bonsai, an ugly (shop bought) Ficus ginseng was killed by an unusually early severe frost.
I have a few wannabe bonsais:
A year old camelthorn A. erioloba growing in a bucket
A tiny two year old unidentified Acacia (might be prosopis!!!) growing in a roughly "carved" limestone "pot" - it's only about 6cm tall.
A 9 month old Witgat (Boscia albitrunca) seedling in a cut-off 2l cooldrink bottle, very slow growing!2 weeks agoHi im new to this wonderfull forum , and very glad that with all these experienced members im sure il learn alot. Just one quick questiin i live in vryburg and with your experience are their any courier services that will transport bonsaisnif ibhave to buy anywhere in the country. Vryburg is limited with nurseries and people who do bonsais i dont think anyone here does bonsais and the local nursery doesnt stock bonsai material trees. Thanx Adeel.2 weeks agoGerald Randall Adeel, Terry (Bonsai Tree) and Stephen from Stone Lantern are two excellent sources of trees. Imports from Terry and Stephen has really good stock trees. I assume Terry has some of his own masterpieces he may be convinced to sell from time to time. Great foundation to start with. I do not sell trees. I grow a lot from seed and from time to time I just give away some young trees to growers who are fairly new to Bonsai or other growers who need a couple of smaller trees for forests and the like. So I am not a great source of trees, but the other two are. both are also a good source of information to put you on the right track to choose the best trees to set you on your way. I'm not sure if Stephen sends trees nationally.6 days agoIf anyone wants a weekend of Bonsai, Oyama is having their annual birthday bash tomorrow and Sunday at Bishopsford Bonsai. Contact Brett on 082-9251339 for more information.2 weeks agoView location 2 weeks agoGerald Randall Further to the comments about Stone Lantern, I spoke to Stephen over the weekend and apparently his mid year sale is coming up near the end of August. He has not yet made a final decision on what he will be lifting this year. I will certainly be there again this year.2 weeks agoThis was the highlight of my purchases this year in Japan. This Japanese Black Pine is densely ramified and has an awesome trunk. Its the biggest tree I have ever imported from Japan, but it was...View location 3 weeks agoIf your elms look like this then you need to get repotting! It has begun.... endless nights of mixing soil and trimming roots.3 weeks agoTerry Erasmus Gerald I sell LECA in 50L bags for R350. I use it with either imported German peat (also available from me in 20 L bags for R70) or milled bark. I only lift field grown trees every 5 years but for shohin trees it's a good idea to lift them every 3 years or so, this results in smaller scars. I only find my elms doing anything, none of the other species show any sign of doing anything yet. However this sort of thing is very dependent on location so it's not uniform across the Cape for instance.1 week ago3 weeks agoTerry Erasmus Another rough styling of a pine. This was the first wiring I did on this pine and the goal was simply to get the branches roughly into position. I will continue to feed this tree a lot of BonsaiBoost during the coming growing season. The branches all need to thicken up quite a bit.3 weeks ago