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    Will Heath Disappeared with Robert Steven's Pot

    Yes, I still remember one of the things he said back then: "...and what do you teach your atheist children?"
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    Type of branch sealant?

    That's true as a rule (it's one of the things I love about satsuki), but they also have very discrete vascular bundles compared to other trees and so, occasionally, when removing larger branches, they can withdraw the sap line on that side if there isn't a lot of vigorous growth directly above...
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    Type of branch sealant?

    That's true. Trees have been healing by themselves for millions of years. I admit to using the putty type stuff on azaleas though (they have a very thin bark). I think it helps prevent dieback in very thin-barked trees. Azaleas have a tendency to withrdraw sap lines sometimes after a cut and...
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    Ants?

    If they try to colonise your pots, they will also remove significant amounts of soil forming their galleries, leaving lots of large air spaces. They won't attack your tree roots directly, but the holes will cause die-back.
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    satsuki (unknown variety)

    Yes, Nikko does show white flowers with pink stripes too. I just never cought any oin the photo. It's definitely Nikko :)
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    satsuki (unknown variety)

    It's definitely a Satsuki 'Nikko'. I have attached a close up of some Nikko flowers for comparison. Nikko are one of my favourites.
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    Bare Root Satzuki Azalea

    Hi Mapleman, I think you probably could. I'm in the South East England (London) and use 100% akadama or kanuma (for the azaleas). We don't suffer bitter winters (although it can occasionally go down to -6 or so, but rarely in the City). We don't have the very high humidity of Louisiana...
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    Satsuki

    That makes sense. I know some people use chopped sphagnum for the same reason (in warmer climates than here). Mixed in with the kanuma, it also seems to provide a mechanical buffer for the kanuma, inhibiting its compaction, which makes the infrequent repottings of mature trees easier. In the...
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    Satsuki

    Shohin Kid: I think you've nailed it with the old kanuma point. I've been following this thread because I use 100% kanuma for my satsuki with absolutely no problems. From my own experience, I would say it's actually a bit more resistant to breakdown by watering/drying or freezing/thawing than...
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    Satsuki

    You're right, of course. The USA is a big place with huge climate variation across its area. People in areas that provides conditions in May/June the same or similar to Japan (i.e. that allow good recovery, particularly the high humidity), can basically follow the traditional Japanese timing...
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    Satsuki

    I go along with this and I repot mine in early spring after popping off the flower buds. The tradition of repotting after flowering appears in the older books, but that information was taken from even older, Japanese books (obviously) and is not as good when applied to satsuki grown outside...
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    Tired of Crappy Threads

    Chris is right on that point. The term was generated by creationists to circumvent the Supreme Court ruling against the teaching of creationism in public schools (Edwards v. Aguillard, 1987). The only way the creationist groups could pursue their agenda was to substitute all mention of creation...
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    Suthin Shimp

    Ahh, thanks for that info. It makes sense. I had always wondered when looking at junipers with wonderful sharimiki, whether they did ever try to heal over and so required constant maintenance, or whether it was a kind of 'fire and forget' procedure.
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    Iron feeding regimen?

    Yes, if there are already signs of chlorosis, then a tonic drench (e.g. sequestrene) would be indicated. The problem is that iron deficiency is not necessarily due to a lack of iron in the growing medium. In azaleas for example, a common cause is manganese deficiency, which makes the plant...
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    Iron feeding regimen?

    I agree. Even 'iron pigs' only need a little. My azaleas used to get a drench once a year, just as they started showing signs of good growth, with an ericacious tonic (chelated iron, magnesium and manganese). That's enough for a year. However, I came across an article a while ago that showed...
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