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  1. Anthony

    What is your favorite soil to use and why?

    Firstly, Akadama, was used by those around Tokyo, The other folk used sand / gravel. Perhaps ypu guys need to look at it like this, !] Ground growing - rich soil for trunk size and perhaps the branches. Root placement ? 2] over sized pot for Branch and Branchlet refinement. 3] Bonsai pot...
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    What is your favorite soil to use and why?

    Heh Heh avoid organiics, but use oil cake meal or fish emulsion Heh heh. Hydroponics plus organic fertiliser. "We grow our Bonsai for BEAUTY not for produce or for lumber' Sorry Sifu [ Adair ] couldn't resist the tease. Good Day Anthony " another attempt to slow down loss of design ?
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    Bonsai photography

    simple - shoot image like this
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    Soil Test: The Tomato Project

    @Forsoothe! , Roma In the grow troughs [ about 12 to 16 inches deep ] Yield - 8 to 10 lbs a plant. No cides - just basil as the companion plant. Hope this helps, Anthony
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    Soil Test: The Tomato Project

    Since the 80's we have grown tomatoes in our bonsai soil mix, but at 8 mm size for the inorganics. Plus a tomato fertiliser, Works well. Happy growing, Anthony
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    Wilting Dilemma

    Wilting is also a sign of root damage. Most of all, trees do rest. For us it is Christmas to February. We also know that when the humidity is at 50ish, there must be a light watering in the evening. Addtionally in the tropics when something comes from above 3000 feet it follows sub-tropical...
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    Chinese Elm questions and wintering

    Leo has it stated as a zone 4 to 5 tree, In a pot. it maybe zone 6 or 7. China has them growing in zone 9 to export as -FAKE - indoor plants Buyer be ware, The ones that came fom Canada - died down here. Good Day Anthony Maples take 4 years to die down here with no dormant period. Tropics
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    Wilting Dilemma

    Carol, on our side the Bougainvillea sleeps from Christmas until the end of May [ dry season - no rain ] no or few leaves. Our escambron is from Barbados, a possible native and would be more Tropical. Check and see where your escambron comes from. Best to you, Anthony
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    Serissa 10 month progression

    deleted response. repeated information.
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    Chinese Elm pots

    @ConorDash , if the pocket can afford, get one of those pots and a loud azalea. Good Day Anthony
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    3D Photogrammetry

    Some years ago you could do that at AusBonsai
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    Back Operation - What do I do About my Trees?

    Don't be shy, ask friends for help. Good Day Anthony
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    Ziricote Shohin stand

    @artofthedaiza , actually we use that type of wood with boxes to hold jade or hand made teapots and teacups. Also pochade boxes. Sometimes we embellish with hand stamped brass corners and locks. Yes, they sell easily. We get that effect on ficus wood. It's all a hobby, but folk beg for items...
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    Ziricote Shohin stand

    @penumbra , the idea is every item in a tokonome is subservient to the tree. The tree is all. Good Day Anthony
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    Ziricote Shohin stand

    Beautiful stand, But will the electric table top compete with the tree ? Good Day Anthony
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    Need opinions on my pot

    Why Peter, look it's your bowl. Good Day Anthony Seagrape
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    Need opinions on my pot

    Peter, woodfired kilns are what fired porcelain in China back then. Aim for 1260 / 1280, but 1300 is also achieveable - in c. Pit firing down here is 750 to 850 deg.c Gppd Day Anthony
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    Mimosa Pudica

    Lives to 20 years 4 to 5 foot lenght shoots 1 to almost 2 inch trunks. Tropics here. Full sun. Fertilise 1 month before cutting. Good Day Anthony
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    Need opinions on my pot

    Time for a test kiln. 6 refactory bricks and elements or too expensive ? Can be done as gas, but a 25 lb propane cylinder tends to freeze. As you know we love low firing clays. By the way our vitreous 08 [ 983 deg.c] clay bodies are weighed for water absorption and also frozen for 3 days...
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    Need opinions on my pot

    @sorce , a little magic sedimentary clay - sticky - low firing - iron coloured ? --------------------------------------------- calcined kaolin - 1400 deg.C sedimentary clay - 960 to 1050 to 1140 deg.c How plastic ? [ ckeaned to 325 mesh ?] Can 10 / 20 / 30 % of sed. plasticise the Kaolin ...
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    Need opinions on my pot

    Joseph, to change the colour of clay,you can add underglaze or get a body stain from - Mason Stains. If you have the time see the Back in Time machine and look up ClayArt - a list for professional potters. Also there were two suppliers for bonsai pot makers - USA pigment and Chinese...
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    Need opinions on my pot

    @sorce , I am not too sure @Forsoothe! , believes that down here we can make pottery similar to the Yi Xing style. See the shimpaku comment on a f ukien tea. Do you think letting him know, I built a test kiln for k to do glass eutectic tests evry day for 3 years, as well as hand cleaned clays...
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    Need opinions on my pot

    @Forsoothe! , group has seen this before Anthony Pear skin finish Slab built earthenware vitreous 08
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    Need opinions on my pot

    Peter, my brother-in-law grows the bonsai, I water , weed and can work from a diagram. K, brother-in- law is a Fine Artist. We make our pots and trees are grown from seed guided by a drawing. It is easy for him to draw a pot around a tree. Pots here are made to go with a tree [ when the tree...
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    Need opinions on my pot

    Peter, if you can, draw a few images of your pot, with trees in it, see what they look like. Good Day Anthony
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