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  1. Eric Schrader

    Eric Schrader's JBP From Seed Contest Entry

    Update on these guys now that we're most of the way through the growing season. One succumbed to an infection that I neglected to treat - recent lab results show it was likely Pithium (test was from another pine with similar symptoms) http://ipm.ucanr.edu/PMG/r280100211.html So I'm down to 4...
  2. Eric Schrader

    How to develop/grow a baby sapling JBP into Niwaki? What are the correct Steps?

    Second that book recommendation. You're not making bonsai, so don't use bonsai techniques. The low bends are fine as you have them. BTW, the yellowing on the base of your needles means you're over-watering your trees. The roots will die from rot if that continues. Water them at longer...
  3. Eric Schrader

    Eric Schrader's JBP From Seed Contest Entry

    Hi, the problem with spreading out roots is that they end up too flat. The base of the tree wants to taper outward, but it's not good if the roots extend too far because it make it impossible to get the tree into a pot of the appropriate size when you're all done 15 years later. I've...
  4. Eric Schrader

    Eric Schrader's JBP From Seed Contest Entry

    Update and a few photos. There were 5 seedlings from this past spring. Growth in the pot was not super vigorous but they're healthy and good buds for the coming year. I separated them out, (hadn't done seedling cutting technique) and teased apart the roots. Then I wired them all and...
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    Eric Schrader's JBP From Seed Contest Entry

    I don't provide any winter protection whatsoever. But, I know that colder climates need it for JBP. I'm not sure about the threshold temp though. Hope you found an answer!
  6. Eric Schrader

    Eric Schrader's JBP From Seed Contest Entry

    Looks like I will get only 5 seedlings. Of course, a few days ago I thought it would be only 2, so there's still room for surprises.
  7. Eric Schrader

    Eric Schrader's JBP From Seed Contest Entry

    Hi All, I can't resist, somehow I'm addicted to growing them, even though I already have too many JBP in my yard...they're crowding out space from some great other species. So, here's my contest entry. 1. Seeds collected by Jonas Dupuich of Bonsai tonight from our favorite landscape tree...
  8. Eric Schrader

    General comments

    Best source is a mature landscape tree that obviously has amazing bark characteristics, and ideally a short dense branching structure. Good time to collect cones right now! Perhaps just a bit late but you should still find some I think.
  9. Eric Schrader

    A few pine seeds, 6 years later.

    Thanks to Adair for posting some shots in my absence. Here are a few more. These are all the same batch, and you can find earlier pictures back in the old posts. Many from this batch still have secondary sacrifice branches on them. A bunch of them are at Jonas' place at the moment. Enjoy!
  10. Eric Schrader

    Nine Things you might not know about JBP decandling...

    The pop ups are just regular lawn sprinklers, not drip. Then he has the drip adaptors on some of the sprinkler heads and the main emitters that he uses are called "spot spitters." The system is mostly hard plumbing, not the typical small black tubing, which probably make is less prone to...
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    Nine Things you might not know about JBP decandling...

    I have some photos, but this post by Bill Valavanis shows pretty much everything: https://valavanisbonsaiblog.com/2014/02/03/a-visit-to-bonsai-boon-a-suiseki-collection/
  12. Eric Schrader

    Nine Things you might not know about JBP decandling...

    And for me - I live in San Francisco. Unlike many people in the city, I have a yard, but it is only about 500 square feet of usable space. As you might already know I started a bunch of pines from seed in 2006 and have been growing them in large containers. When I moved back from SoCal I...
  13. Eric Schrader

    Nine Things you might not know about JBP decandling...

    Yeah, Adair's about in line with me. I use the stub method for trees that are less important to have the balance exactly correct (e.g. not going in a show soon) or where I don't have the ability to return a second and/or third time. The 10-day intervals give the most control, but stubs are...
  14. Eric Schrader

    Nine Things you might not know about JBP decandling...

    I start at the bottom decandling, then at the top with needle pulling. Honestly, I think it's because I got used to decandling the weaker growth first, which is normally more prevalent at the bottom...but with needle pulling it definitely helps to start at the top and work down!
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    Nine Things you might not know about JBP decandling...

    Alright, who am I kidding...most of you guys probably know all this already, but I wrote an article for my blog recently since it was on my mind. I think I decandled over 50 JBP's this year. The article includes not only a lot of details about decandling but also a short video that I made...
  16. Eric Schrader

    Questions regarding JBP

    That's an interesting question. In my case, I don't really have the luxury of enough ground space (this being San Francisco.) I think I was lured into the idea of container growing like many other people by the BT#20 article and some advice from Boon. The answer to your question is a bit...
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    Questions regarding JBP

    I get them from a Chinese restaurant supply store on Irving street (near 25th ave) in San Francisco. With some effort I could get the name, address phone number for you but not sure they ship things. LMK if you're desperate. The one in the photo is the largest they carry, it's about two...
  18. Eric Schrader

    Where to find this tool?

    Obviously they have them in Japan. Second floor of the Green Club I saw them last, tool dealer right near the stairs. Check with Jonas, (bonsaitonight.com store for those who don't know) he's been getting a lot of Kaneshin tools in lately, he may even have this one. I have some of the...
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    Questions regarding JBP

    Yes, larger colander (at least once they get big enough to transplant into one) lots of fertilizer and lots of sun, heat and water.....like this: And don't be afraid to let them grow. No decandling of the sacrifice branch unless you're trying to slow things down or rebalance relative vigor.
  20. Eric Schrader

    How do you back bud a blue spruce?

    wait....@Stickroot....I swear I've seen this posted as a meme on other threads on this forum. PM me.
  21. Eric Schrader

    How do you back bud a blue spruce?

    That sounds a bit like what most people call "pinching"? I'd say that the caveats are that you need to have a vigorously growing tree to be removing a lot of the fresh growth. I wrote two posts on my blog relating to one spruce and what Matt Reel advised I do with it. He said...
  22. Eric Schrader

    boon maple dvd update? does it exist?

    I was there all day yesterday. He may not even have the tree still. I haven't seen the DVD so I'm not sure. I'll see him again on Thursday, I'll try to remember to ask.
  23. Eric Schrader

    Michael Ryan Bell Video

    Yeah, well, I'm actually a somewhat reluctant videographer. It's a format that has a great appeal to people and can convey a lot of good information. I've had to practice a bit to get accustomed to being on camera; it's something that I had never thought I would do.
  24. Eric Schrader

    Jbp seedlings.

    Too bad you're in Maryland. I'd invite you to our soil making workshop next month here in SF. Tell your local club to go in on some bonsai soil components and do a group sifting/sorting bagging party and sell it per gallon at cost to all the participants.
  25. Eric Schrader

    Picking up some ponderosa's

    Interesting. Those Ponderosa candles don't look much like the ones I get on my Pondo's. Lot's of variability in the species.
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