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    My Handcrafted Bonsai Stand Pictures

    Chris, I agree with Dick that the stands need bonsai on them to display correctly. The choice of stands is also important. Speakerstands just won't do the trick. Looking at your website, there are quite a few that I like. Again, as said, simplicity is key.
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    Azalea regeneration

    Hi there Marie. I followed your thread with interest. Had some azalea myself, but had to restart after I moved back to SA from mainland Europe. Can you give an update on how it is doing now, please with some pictures if possible. Thanks
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    Brilliant,Andy!!
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    Please help identify this red flower

    Thanks you all! It is exactly that. The moment I put in the name on the internet, I got the answer. Thanks again! Gerhard
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    Please help identify this red flower

    I came accross this thorny shrub and was wondering if anybody can help me identify this. I've been on the internet, but could not find anything. Please help. Thanks Gerhard
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    Help needed in identifying the problem

    I'll definitely check it out Sand, Thanks! I keep it indoors, Rick, because it is not quite warm enough yet outside.
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    Help needed in identifying the problem

    I have a small azalea which is coming down with something. I am not sure what this is and what causes it. Some of the new shoots are much lighter in colour than the older ones. Some of the leaves are getting brown around the edges and worsens as time goes on. I did feed once so far this season...
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    Tilia Cordata

    I bought this little tree from a bonsai nursery over the weekend. I transplanted it into a bigger pot and would like to let the trunk fatten over the next 2 years. I do need some help on possible styling of this little one. My main question is this stump on the right hand side of the trunk with...
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    Bonsai wisdom?

    I wonder if it will be possible start a thread on bonsai wisdom. By this I do not mean technical stuff like "how to's". By this I mean those "pearls" of which you do not read in books, but only acquire through experience. I will give an example: The other day Mr Vance taught me a very valuable...
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    What is this?

    Vance, I wish I could visit you to learn from you. What a paradigm shift to realise bonsai = "reducing" and not "growing into". Thanks a lot. Like one of my friends always says:"This I can take home with me" Gerhard
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    What is this?

    And by the way... Thanks, you are great teachers.
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    What is this?

    Great advice, lesson learned, next question... What are the basic principles in chosing stock? Gerhard PS: Sorry I have to be so tenacious, but I cannot let the opportunity pass without learning this too!!
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    What is this?

    Bnut, I bought it from a nursery that sells bonsai as well as other plants. On the label it only said "assorted conifer". I have often seen them at nurseries, but do not know if it is indigenous. Gerhard
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    Species to avoid for bonsai

    Thanks Bnut for this post. Would be very helpful if it is completed. Why not taking it a step further and doing something on the "prerequisites" for a good stock plant. What would be the advice of the advanced to the beginners. Or is it a different topic altogether? My reason for asking is that...
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    What is this?

    Jon, it is indeed a twin trunk. Do you really think with the amount of bend in the trunks, it is possible to get them upright in a twin trunk style? I thought it would be "easier" to try a semi cascade, although I do not yet know what to do with the branch that I put upright for the moment. The...
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    What is this?

    Thanks for all the input. Bob I want to get rid of some of the branches, but is still too inexperienced to know which ones should go and which should stay. Please help!! Thanks Gerhard
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    Collecting moss

    Thanks for that info! I have another question though. When you put moss on the bed, do you let it dry first and make it fine (grind it), or do you put the large chunks of living moss on the treebed until it is covered? On one of my trees I did the latter and found that the roots of the tree grew...
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    What is this?

    The needles are actually very tiny as you can see on one photo. On the last 2 pics the cascade is on the right. On photo 3 and 4 it is on the left. There is this branch that is in the middle front on pic 3 & 4. I don't know what to do about. Also the branch going upward in pic 5. The branch in...
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    What is this?

    Here are 2 more Tom. Gerhard
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    What is this?

    Hope this is better Tom.
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    What is this?

    Sorry I forgot to put my name at the bottom! Gerhard
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    Collecting moss

    What is the actual benefit of the moss to the bonsai tree? Is it for decoraion or has it another function? Here y us we have moss everywhere his time of year, butit s a very coarse kind. It is not fine like the photos you've posted.
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    What is this?

    Here are 2 more! I think it lends itself to a cascade style, but am not sure.
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    What is this?

    I have bought this little tree a year ago and left it ouside. I started to work on it now, but need some help. First I'm not entirely sure what kind of tree it is. Second I've attached a few pics and would lke to know what you old ake of it!
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    What's possible?

    Thanks all. I think I will wait another month or so and have a second go at it. I will certainly continue with this one and see how it goes. This one hasn't got leaves yet, but everything is budding at the moment around us. Who knows. Is there a limit on the thickness of a cutting? Will, I will...
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