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  1. Vance Wood

    I passed the Korean National Bonsai Exam! Woooohooooo

    Congratulations. Hope you continue to share and participate here.
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    Japanese black pine in colorado zone 5a

    Keep tem out of the wind and direct sunlight, shield the pots with mulch and you have a chance of pulling them through.
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    Chamaecyparis obtusa

    Holy smokes man: You said---- it was so damn hot here this summer that just a week or so without water did it in. One of the reasons Hinokis are not grown more in Japan or more by professionals is because they demand more attention to care. One ot two weeks without water will kill a camel an...
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    Winter Woes

    The most important thing I do is to keep them shielded from direct exposure to the sun. The sun can in the right conditions cause the trunk to thaw, warm and cause the sap to rise. Often this event is followed by a 0-diget spat of temperature where the sap that has risen previously will freeze...
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    Identify my Tree

    Looks like a Ficus Retusa.
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    Bjorn Bjorholm Speaks Out On Hedge Pruning

    I thought it was beautiful but it looks more like a bush than a tree; technically.
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    Bjorn Bjorholm Speaks Out On Hedge Pruning

    I thought it was the best JBP I have ever seen. The internodes were short and the needles were compact. We did not get the opportunity to discus this tree in a lot of detail but as I remember your success was due to timing as to when it was treated for reduction and the time before a show.
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    Bjorn Bjorholm Speaks Out On Hedge Pruning

    Just so you don't forget; we have been having an ongoing discussion of Pinching verses clipping the new growth on a Juniper bonsai.
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    Bjorn Bjorholm Speaks Out On Hedge Pruning

    They do not do well in climates with cold winters.
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    Bjorn Bjorholm Speaks Out On Hedge Pruning

    That's why you shouldn't drink and drive.
  11. Vance Wood

    Oriental Hornbeam #2

    Beautiful tree.
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    Hornbeam #3

    Really beautiful, pay close attention to repotting schedules.
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    Bonsai Stick Figures with special guest Rick Martin

    That is correct. All endeavors in the arts can be broken down into the basics. If you look at Febonotchi sequence you will see that in can be broken down into fractil geometry where there seems to be a sequence where art and creation seems to speak to each other in a similar language. It...
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    Juniper foliage turns grey. Help!

    Never the less try some time growing the Sargents Juniper available in the every day nursery trade and I think you will find out what I was talking about, they just up and crap out on foliage and branches for no visable reason.
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    Bonsai Stick Figures with special guest Rick Martin

    Not that anything I can say at this point will be of any note or long thought about, the stick figure philosophy is not totally plebeian or crude lacking class. If you take time to analyze some of the great pieces of musical art such as Beethoven's 5th you will find the entire symphony is...
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    Bonsai Stick Figures with special guest Rick Martin

    I think your idea is fine as is the concept. I think that the composition would work better in a round pot and give the evidence that the tree is clinging to the side of the world as it were. I have mentioned it before and I don't mean to be condescending but looking at your wiring I would say...
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    Juniper foliage turns grey. Help!

    There is one other aspect not mentioned much: Junipers have a tendency to abandon foliage it does not need or want for no apparent reason to our eyes. This is why most Junipers in nature reflected in aged bonsai have significant amounts of dead wood.
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    Juniper foliage turns grey. Help!

    It looks to me like the branch was a bit older than one expects on branches of this size. Being a bit older it probably broke down inside below the bark killing the branch. When you remove the wire I think you may find where the branch is broken.
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    Why leave nebari buried??

    Sphagnum moss has a natural hormone that favors root gtowth.
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    Is it ok to leave fukien tea unwatered for about 4 days?

    Thais is the best solution.
  21. Vance Wood

    Feminine or masculine

    Nice to hear from you to Darlene, most of the time anymore people go after me with an inch and a half by six long foot stick.
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    Japanese maple #26

    Beautiful tree for the most part. Question: Do you plan on doing anything about the large goiter looking growth on the side of the trunk? If it is your plan to keep it how are you going to incorporate it's presence into the design, or are you planing to remove it?
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    Why leave nebari buried??

    The key is not whether you do it---it is how and with what you do it: Chopped sphagnum moss is the key.
  24. Vance Wood

    HAD TO pot up a cotoneaster.

    The Kings new clothes??
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    The Tree Thread

    Just my opinion: If it looks tired it may be in need of repotting in the Spring?
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