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  • Alex shared 3 photos in 2nd attempted album
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    4 hours 25 minutes ago
  • I arrived in JHB today, my trees arrive on Wednesday. Gave them a great Super Thrive dunk yesterday. Late afternoon they received Wilt Prufe. Had a look this morning. They look ready for the trip ahead. When my trees arrive, we have officially moved to JHB.
    2 days ago
    Terry Erasmus Hi Gerald, the treatment you describe is great but was completely unnecessary. Trees can be transported with much longer transit times and they won't skip a beat in their growing after arrival. I hope they have a safe trip though with no breakages to branches or pots. Enjoy your new place of residence also.
    yesterday
  • Gerald Randall comment on the album Japanese Maple
    Looks great. Been a bit busy, and have not read the newsletter. I may be hopeful, but I by chance learned something new a couple of weeks ago. With me moving house, I have been forced to remove...
  • Gerald Randall comment on the photo 20150317_121618
    From the colour and needle shape, it seems you are correct. I have a large one which I have started training over the last two years. It is approaching 50 years old and the two years of training...
  • Shayn shared 2 photos in Chinese Juniper #2 album
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    Before - As is from the nursery
    I consider this my first legitimate attempt. The one before I realised I was just getting the hang of the wiring and techniques used. All comments welcome.
    View location 2 days ago
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  • Andre comment on the album Japanese Maple
    Hier is my poging om n lelike plek op n boom reg te maak na Terry se "dealing with lage scars" Dankie Terry vir die nuusbrief dit het baie gehelp, toe ek kom lees moes ek dit net doen. Hoop nie dit...
  • Andre shared 3 photos in Japanese Maple album
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    4 days ago
    Terry Erasmus Hi Gerald, could you please post pictures of this 20% healing within 1 week in autumn? I have never seen anyone using clingwrap for healing scars, other purposes yes. Makes perfect sense as you say, provided you keep an air tight seal on the scar, pretty difficult to do on a rough barked species. Also, if water is able to get in the wood is more likely to rot and no healing will take place. I'm also curious to know how you would suggest Andre wraps this scar on the root with clingwrap?
    yesterday
  • ray shared a photo in ray's Photos album
    Close up of leaves. Trying to identify this species of shrub.
    Close up of leaves. Trying to identify this species of shrub.
    6 days ago
  • ray shared a photo in ray's Photos album
    Hey guys. Trying to I.D a tree/shrub. Please ignore wiring as this was my first tree i had. Had no wiring skills at the time so its very untidy. Anyway guy i got it from said its an escalanta pink. Never heard of it and can't find any info on that name. It grows fast, has small leaves and an awesome root system. It only cost 10 bucks so it works well to practice on.
    Hey guys. Trying to I.D a tree/shrub. Please ignore wiring as this was my first tree i had. Had no wiring skills at the time so its very untidy. Anyway guy i got it from said its an escalanta pink. Never heard of it and can't find any info on that name. It grows fast, has small leaves and an awesome root system. It only cost 10 bucks so it works well to practice on.
    1 week ago
    ray Thanks Kyle. That narrows it down. Boxwood makes sense. And you right it does grow extremely fast. I don't know how to post a picture to this thread but I did upload a picture of the leaves On my profile. If you have a chance can you go have a look. Hopefully you can help. Thanks
    6 days ago
  • tim flack shared a photo in tim flack's Photos album
    My smallest Bonsai yet! Its been in the pot for 2 years. So proud of this guy
    My smallest Bonsai yet! Its been in the pot for 2 years. So proud of this guy
    1 week ago
    Terry Erasmus Nice little composition you have there Tim. As the tree matures and fills out more and more in time I'm sure you're going to be even prouder.
    1 week ago
  • Shayn shared a photo in Cedar album
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    My very first Cedar tree. If anyone can help with the exact specimen name, that would be great! The first image is how I got it, just as is from Potters Yard. This cedar had the most branches to...
    View location 2 weeks ago
    Shayn I have been informed that it is a Deodar cedar, Cedrus deodara.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cedrus_deodara
    Really looking forward to working with this tree.
    1 week ago
  • Hi guys , what is the best way to weight down branches that are too thick to form with wire, other than using wire to pull down to the base of the tree or anchor point ? Is it also to late in the season for deciduous trees? Thanks
    2 weeks ago
    Kyle macaskill Hi gerald hope the move goes well, the tree i wanted to weigh down. Is a 15year old karoo boerbean, the branch in question is the apex branch of the tree, the tree is not deciduous fully in winter as the cape is not cold enough, but i am considering Air layering the branch. I wanted to bend the apex branch as most od the branches have formed on the left, right and front of the tree, non to the rear, a sort of wind swept design, of which the apex branch is straight up. But the ideai of air layering it is a nice idea instead of removing it totally. Thanks
    yesterday
  • ray is friends with Terry Erasmus
  • I have started using BonsaiBoost on one of my Widdringtonia cedabergensis (repotted yesterday after seeing new shoots appear), and on my cedar (also repotted yesterday). Looking forward to seeing the results it will bring. On my other Widdringtonia cedabergensis I have fertilizer balls from Olive Grove - this one is still in its original container.
    2 weeks ago
    Shayn this is what can be found on wikipedia. This is a rare tree. Also they take 30 years to start producing seeds/cones. Which is why there was such an epidemic to get these trees planted and maintained. This is what I found. - http://www.plantzafrica.com/plantwxyz/widcedar.htm
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Widdringtonia_wallichii
    And this is what I found on the capebonsaikai site regarding this tree.
    "Widdringtonia cedarbergensis - Clanwilliam cedar

    The other indigenous conifer and after which the Cedarberg is named. This lovely tree is very similar in leaf shape and nature to a cypress; is a vigorous grower but transplanting is a bit of a problem. W. bergensis and W. schwarzii are both too rare to collect from the wild, but W. nodiflora, which doesn't grow very tall, could make excellent multiitrunk plantings; easy to grow from seed."
    2 weeks ago
  • Hi Terry...on my Chinese Elm there are brown rings and scars from wire left on too long...its not that bad but does not look great....would like to fix ..any advice...maybe attempt a Shari ..?
    2 weeks ago
    Terry Erasmus Can you perhaps post some pictures of the damage you are refering to. I don't like deadwood on deciduous trees generally so I would suggest that as a last resort. But before I comment please post a pic or 2 so I can see what you are dealing with.
    2 weeks ago
  • When visiting Potters Yard yesterday I came across Terry's BonsaiBoost. I now have three different fertilizers. Let the games begin!
    2 weeks ago
    Shayn Terry, that is the exact idea I had. I will begin these as soon as I can.
    2 weeks ago
  • ray shared a photo in ray's Photos album
    Hey guys. Recently bought a black monkeythorn grouping. I tried my best not to mess to much with the roots because I know its the wrong time of year for repotting, but a week after repotting it started yellowing and dropping its leaves. It's lost allot of leaves and I'm worried its a goner.should I just leave it and hope it will start up again in spring? Any advice will be appreciated.
    Hey guys. Recently bought a black monkeythorn grouping. I tried my best not to mess to much with the roots because I know its the wrong time of year for repotting, but a week after repotting it started yellowing and dropping its leaves. It's lost allot of leaves and I'm worried its a goner.should I just leave it and hope it will start up again in spring? Any advice will be appreciated.
    3 weeks ago
    ray Checked cambium, still green. Thanks terry that is a big help.
    2 weeks ago
  • ray shared a photo in ray's Photos album
    Thanks to Terry for these awesome ceramics. Would definitely recommend you guys. Really nice quality considering they where really cheap. Still have not decided what to put in them yet. Any trees you guys would suggest?
    Thanks to Terry for these awesome ceramics. Would definitely recommend you guys. Really nice quality considering they where really cheap. Still have not decided what to put in them yet. Any trees you guys would suggest?
    3 weeks ago
    ray Thanks terry I like the color wheel idea. Going to go see if I can get my hands on one
    3 weeks ago
  • ray shared a photo in ray's Photos album
    Juniperus chinensis mint phoenix graft or Tanuki.
    Juniperus chinensis mint phoenix graft or Tanuki.
    3 weeks ago
  • ray shared a photo in ray's Photos album
    First attempt at tanuki or phoenix graft. I know its frowned upon but when I found this dead wood I just had to give it a try. Left it to grow out now. Hopefully in a few years the trunk and branches will thicken up to fill the grooves carved in the back. Once the tree is established nicely ill style it.
    First attempt at tanuki or phoenix graft. I know its frowned upon but when I found this dead wood I just had to give it a try. Left it to grow out now. Hopefully in a few years the trunk and branches will thicken up to fill the grooves carved in the back. Once the tree is established nicely ill style it.
    3 weeks ago
    Terry Erasmus Good idea to practice on some other wood. Carving takes a lot of time, and always be sure to wear appropriate eye and hand protection. For this sort of work you should actually be using a die grinder or even hand chisels. I think a Dremel is going to have to work very hard on this size pieces of wood, you may even burn it out.
    3 weeks ago
  • Alex shared 2 photos in my very 1st creations album
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    3 weeks ago
    Terry Erasmus Ooops sorry Alex, was not clear on the photo what the wire was for. Well in that case then good job, sometimes its better to bring a branch down in this manner instead of using thick wire. Regarding your soil mix I would say based on what you have told me that it is a drainage problem. You need less organic material and more inorganic like stone etc. If you want something ready mixed you can consider my mix of milled bark and crushed silica: http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/item/176978765/Bonsai_Soil_Mix_2_Litre.html
    Or you could add something like LECA to your existing mix. The LECA ratio would be anything up to 80% of your mix: http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/item/176614368/2_Litre_Bonsai_LECA.html
    3 weeks ago
  • Shayn shared a photo in Serissa Foetida album
    Well after a repotting of this serissa of mine, buds are popping up everywhere, and blooming. Really brilliant flower, so thought I'd share.
    Serissa flowers are beautiful
    View location 3 weeks ago
    Terry Erasmus I am no expert on this species but I have found them to be slightly temperamental. I would work cautiously on their roots, I don't think they like for them to be disturbed much. My advice would be to create a fun planting with all three. Perhaps a piece of slate or a forest type pot, perhaps some miniature grasses or ground covers, a nice stone or 3 and make a landscape or saikei. Enjoy the trees for their flowers and don't try to fit them into the conventional bonsai styles.
    2 months ago
  • Terry, I have not been to your online shop in some time. I notice you have expanded your product range. I also notice that all your artist and exhibition quality pots seem to be sold. Will you be stocking such quality again in future?
    3 weeks ago
    Terry Erasmus Hi Gerald, yes I have added a lot more products and intend adding a lot more. Artist and exhibition quality pots however will not be part of the product line anymore however. What I have on offer can be found here http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/store/bonsaitree
    3 weeks ago
  • Any advice on how best to prepare the trees for the long trip up to JHB? I'm thinking that I will spray everything with Wiltpruf and wrap the pots with glad wrap to assist with water retention. The trip will take two days.
    3 weeks ago
    Terry Erasmus Gerald for such a short trip you really don't need to take any special measures. Just water them properly and that's enough. If you really feel like it you can wrap the pots but I don't think it's really going to be necessary.
    3 weeks ago
  • Thanks again Gerald for the plethora of trees! I really appreciate every one. Will keep everybody updated starting tomorrow or perhaps the day after.
    3 weeks ago
    Bill Hi Gerald. The olive trees you might have spare. Are they the Africana I live or general agriculture type. If you ha ve mature Africana trees, I will be very keen. Any consideration?
    3 weeks ago
  • Jacques Snyman shared 2 photos in Jacques Snyman's Photos album
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    3 weeks ago
  • Terry Erasmus shared a video
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    Takamatsu Bonsai Convention 2014 高松盆栽大会2014
    This is record video of Takamatsu Bonsai Convention 2014, which was held in Tamamo Park and Ritsurin Garden, Kinashi Bonsai & Garden Center, Kokubunji Bonsai Center. We hope you will enjoy...
    I attended this convention and exhibition last year. It was the best exhibition in Japan that I've ever been to. What an experience. Take a look at the video to get an idea of what I mean.
    3 weeks ago
  • Kobus shared 8 photos in Olienhout album
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    Progress from start to present
    View location 4 weeks ago
    Andre Dit is een van die bome met die meeste potensiaal wat ek in n lang tyd gesien het hy is baie mooi!!
    4 weeks ago
  • Shayn I have air pots in stock which will work very close to field growing. Take a look
    www.bidorbuy.co.za/item/178167329/…
  • Andre shared 3 photos in My bome album
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    Al my bome bymekaar.
    View location 4 weeks ago
    Gerald Randall Just on my comment around watering. I have never had an automated system as I find that some trees get more water than they need. I will however contemplate using one when I move to JHB. I may however use a drip system rather than spray. I suspect I can control water delivery better to each species.
    3 weeks ago
  • Andre comment on the album My bome
    Dit is my opset met al my boompies met n geoutomatiseerde besproeiingstelsel wat elke aand so 6uur aankom vir 5min. Ek het gelees van Gary wat praat van "stick in a pot" nou ek het baie van hulle....
  • Andre comment on the photo IMG_20150305_142951
    Dit is nou n jaar later en ek het hom gelos om te groei, en ek weet nog steeds nie wat om met hom te doen nie!!
  • Andre shared 2 photos in Aapiesdoring album
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    Aapiesdoring se vordering.
    View location 4 weeks ago
    Terry Erasmus Hi Andre I think it's important before you do any further work that you must decide what you want to do with this tree. In the next post you say you have not yet decided. With deciduous species it's a long term plan and you should always be working towards an end goal. If you ask 10 people what to do with it you will get 10 different responses and you will still be none the wiser. Nice material though and I'm sure youre gonna make something nice from it.
    4 weeks ago
  • ray
    Does any one have an idea when we stop feeding our bonsai. I'm busy getting info together so I can start preparation for when our winter starts. Just need a general idea to which to stop with the liquid fertilizer. And when to start again?
    4 weeks ago
    ray Gerald you mentioned that your trees are coming to JHB, are you moving this side?
    3 weeks ago

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