@TenaciousID Its not a ficus for sure. It's an elm or Ulmus. Not sure what spp though.
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Shayn comment on the photo Wild olive , 11yrs old, not sure of the style yet, got it the way you see it , unsure what direction to try style it
ficus given to me by my aunt , from her interest in bonsai over 17 years ago , from bishops ford bonsai, trees now between 25 and 30 yrs oldView location yesterdayKyle macaskill Yes , unfortunately my aunt never repotted then the pots were so root bound that there was hardly any soil and had to cut a lot away they were left unattended in the plastic pots for several years , with minimal attention , the big focus was supposed to be root over rock but the rock was too small so removed for the root to expose them , they were not fertilized as the should have been , and hidden in her garden amongst her pot plants , with her intention to bonsai then 17 years ago when she got then , I received 4, but the one didn't survive the extreme root pruning as the other 3 have . Yes I do agree they are small for their age .13 hours 39 minutes agoTerry Erasmus comment on the photo Initial styling on my Hinoki Cypress. Opened up a bit and removed some akward branches to let light and air in. They dont readily backbud once the growth has hardened off. Wired now as the branches are very supple and need time to set. At least now the wire is on longer and the grown has slowed down quite a bit. Taken plenty cuttings all sitting in various types of cutting methods. Some in honey, some just in the medium, some with dynaroot, and a few in water with superthrive added.Hi guys , I have found a Japanese pine frowning in someone's garden, unfortunately it is way to big to turn into a bonsai, have collect a few seeds , just not sure which Japanese pine it is , was wondering if a pine would be prone to propagation from a truncheon cut, or would I have to a smaller . I think it might be a black pine due to the bark structure and needling . Any a dive would be gratefulyesterdayTerry Erasmus Ok, 6m might pose a challenge to even the most fanatical! Best leave it and enjoy it where it is then hey. That it is 80 years old tells me it is even more unlikely to be a JBP as bonsai has only been around in South Africa for the last 40 odd years so I would ask how did a JBP seedling or otherwise end up in this persons garden. It's most likely one of the plantation pines, they too have very nice plated bark. The needles are generally very long and thin, and tend to be rather soft unlike JBP which are fairly long, stiff and prickly on the tips. The needles are also a lot thicker.16 hours 50 minutes agoInitial styling on my Hinoki Cypress. Opened up a bit and removed some akward branches to let light and air in. They dont readily backbud once the growth has hardened off. Wired now as the branches are very supple and need time to set. At least now the wire is on longer and the grown has slowed down quite a bit. Taken plenty cuttings all sitting in various types of cutting methods. Some in honey, some just in the medium, some with dynaroot, and a few in water with superthrive added.2 days agoTerry Erasmus Good luck Tim. I don't know much about Hinko so wishing you all the best. One thing I would like to suggest is that you keep an eye on the area in the apex where you have 3 branches emerging from the same spot. At the moment the tree is probably too thin for it to be a problem, and perhaps you still plan to shorten the tree in the future, however 3 branches emerging from the same spot on any tree will result in a bulge which will be very difficult to rectify. So you need to eliminate 1 branch at some point in time.yesterdayHey guys been hunting now for a couple of weeks for lights to grow a few bonsai indoor during winter. My flat has very little light and will definitely require grow lights. Problem is they too dam expensive. Any one have a cheaper DIY version I could try? Or perhaps a place I could get second hand? I live in Johannesburg.6 days agoray Thanks Kyle will go have a look on gumtree thanks for the tips. Tim its not a permanent move. Just for winter. Especially for my seedlings. I don't have the facilities to put up a greenhouse or anything due to the fact that i live in a complex with very limited space. Just worried about the cold months coming soon. Other than that all my trees live outside.15 hours 40 minutes agoAmazing app for Android it is called bonsai garden , by droidreloaded has several south African plants , and it is free , very informative , give it a try1 week agoI had a little peek at my Catlin Elm a few days ago, and there are roots! Just gonna wait till around July/August to do the chop, since thats the repotting months. Also, my corkbark elm cuttings are taking well.1 week agoVisited a bonsai nursery over the weekend. Found some really amazing imported white pines for what I consider well priced. They are between 30-50 years old. if I had my benches up and had created the garden we plan to, I would certainly have bought one or two. Very small needles with full foliage. Obviously have to be trained properly to give full effect to the trees.2 weeks agoGerald Randall Terry, I'm not sure what the place is called. A bit hidden away and obscure. My wife found it and took me there. When I have time I'll pass by there and see what it is called. Some trees have reasonable taper, while others have certainly been shortened. Unfortunately, leaving some scars. In some trees this can be used in the design.3 days agoView location 2 weeks agoGerald Randall As is always the case with bonsai growers. I have been in JHB for three weeks and been to as many bonsai nurseries already. Last weekend I visited a nursery who import orchards and bonsai from Thailand.m I found the trees to be somewhat commercial, but some nice Tea Trees. However, they do habpve some local species too. They had a selection of baobab which was rather impressive.2 weeks agoKyle macaskill comment on the photo I am posting two picks of my rosemary. I need some help. i bought this plant on 29/03, pruned it as is in pic. added a little wiring just to try and bend those two branches down a bit. placed it with all my other bonsai and left it to start growing a bit.but I have never had any luck with rosemary, they just die on me. even if i just leave them as is...........This is the lill pine from GeraldHi Gerald, hope.the move went well, and the trees are adjusting to the new climate change. I am just wondering, out of the trees I got from you, there was a lill pine tree, can you remember what species of pine it was? Regards Kyle2 weeks agoKyle macaskill Thank you for the info Gerald, I will keep you posted on the trees progression during the upcoming season, I am looking forward to start styling some of the elms that I got from you , and the juniper cuttings have taken off , planning on open.grounding then for faster development , regards Kyle . P.s if you are close to the east rand , there is a nursery near east rand mall called flora farm , they have so amazing Japanese maples and pines as well as some mature bag stock. Well worth a visit .2 weeks agoTerry Erasmus comment on the photo same rosemary on 18/04. it already looks bad. leaves are browning. a bad sign....<br />anyone with some advice? i hope it isnt already to late.same rosemary on 18/04. it already looks bad. leaves are browning. a bad sign....
anyone with some advice? i hope it isnt already to late.2 weeks agoTerry Erasmus Dirk I'm not at all knowledgeable about rosemary as bonsai but I believe I have heard they are not easy subjects. I'm sorry to see yours is not looking good but unfortunately I cannot offer any meaningful advice other than perhaps reduce watering and don't feed. See if it pulls through.2 weeks agoI am posting two picks of my rosemary. I need some help. i bought this plant on 29/03, pruned it as is in pic. added a little wiring just to try and bend those two branches down a bit. placed it with all my other bonsai and left it to start growing a bit.but I have never had any luck with rosemary, they just die on me. even if i just leave them as is...........2 weeks agoKyle macaskill Hi dirk, as far as i have read up , rosemary is a very finicky plant to work with , I have spoken to the head Gardner where I work and he has said that they tend to die back quite severely when pruned so pruning should be kept to about 1/3,of the leaf mass, and prune only after new growth appears. I personally haven't tried to bonsai rosemary. Hope it helps for the next one . Kyle2 weeks agoThanks Terry for your insightful and thoughful presentation on pines last night. I learnt quite a bit.2 weeks agoHey guys. Need some URGENT help. Two bonsai pots of mine were stolen and the trees were tossed in the bin today. Im assuming the garden service is to blame. Anyway I have tried to save the trees. One was a 6 year old Scotia. And the other was a group of baobab seedlings roughly 5 months old. There is no signs of the leaves wilting or drying out. But the roots look like they took a bit of a beating. I rinsed of the tree and seedlings to remove any crap that was inside the dustbin. Re potted...3 weeks agoThis is one of the scars I was referring to. Covered with cling wrap and I took this photo (looking at the date stamp) about 6 days after the cut was made and the cut was closed with cling wrap. A few weeks later and it has closed even more. However, winter is approaching and I've removed the cling wrap some time back, so it is slowing down tremendously.3 weeks agoGerald Randall Yip, I looked at it today, it is probably about twice that now, but the leaves are almost all off the tree, so activity is very low. The green has hardened and gone brown. I thought I would have more time to clean up the cut, but it is closing fast. I'll clean it up in spring.3 weeks agoCan anyone identify this tree / bush?3 weeks agoI've, just read someone questioning using charcoal in bonsai use. I noticed a dominance in "agree" answered. I am scheptical.. Mainly due to the use of glue and chemicals. What are your thoughts.3 weeks agoKyle macaskill Hi, I did read this article about charcoal for bonsai , jst cant remember where , but only for certain trees , such as ficus and certain conifers , as the charcoal, as terry stated , reduces acidity in the soil, I have used charcoal pellets from a pet shop and mixed about a cup to 1kg of bonsai soil mix for my wild figs That I rescued from my aunt , they seem to be doing extremely well, I heard That charcoal also helps to controll certain bacteria in the soil Tha may effect the root systems of young seedlings prone to root rot . On the other hand to increase acidity for certain plants mixing ground tea leaves into the soil helps as it releases tannic acid into the soil.3 weeks ago