Recent content by wrcmad

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    Do established bonsai guidelines stifle creativity?

    Not joking. Have you ever been and visited? I have been a few times, and most of the branching is nothing like the "rules"... though from a picture it appears to be.
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    Do established bonsai guidelines stifle creativity?

    Go and see Kokufu-ten...… barely a tree on show that conforms to the rules.
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    The Dumbest Bonsai Video I've Ever Seen!

    I don't get the name?
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    Most go straight for the bonsai when in Japan. Me, I go straight for the gourmet KitKat's

    First thing I go straight for is the beer.
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    Kifu JBP

    Very nice tree. ;)
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    for all of us DE fans......

    I have been using DE for years here in Oz (called "diatomite"), as it has been near impossible to source Akadama, and diatomite is relatively cheap (we have a couple of mines here). It is porous, and has good cationic exchange properties like akadama, and also retains water like akadama...
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    Are you a bouger?

    Yeah, it has started rolling over, but too big to ever heal I think - will rot before it heals over. However, the wound under the trunk base will rot first - the drawback of Bougies. Probably a logical reason for lack of multi-generational-aged trees of this species. 2 options - rotate for a new...
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    Are you a bouger?

    Collected 2014: 2017:
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    Diatomaceous Earth, If you could have...

    I have been using it here for years - No.3 is about the size we get here, and would be my choice. No.2 is too fine. Agree with milehigh, and that is from experience in a hot climate.
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    Fungus or scale on bejimina

    From someone who lives in an area where figs grow in the wild - moisture is not as necessary as warmth. In fact, I let my figs dry out a little, and don't keep them constantly wet - they like a damp, very "airy" soil to let oxygen to the roots, a tonne of fertiliser, and warmth, warmth, warmth...
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    Sunrise/sunset/sky photos thread

    It's been a cracker week for sunsets.... summer is here.
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    diatomaceous earth

    Been using it for years in my grow pots (I use pumice and Akadama in my bonsai pots). We get it under the name diatomite. Awesome stuff for development. Excellent cation exchange and water retention. Excellent fine root development. The size we get here is about 0-1/4 inch. I mix it around 50/50...
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    Las Vegas...

    It's not relevant, because it is a lost argument when one must resort to taking the marginal case, or outlying example, .... and tries to suggest it is representative the wider case norm. ;)
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    Las Vegas...

    Impossible to have a serious debate with the irrational. :rolleyes: