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  1. Shay

    Fresh Korean hornbeam seeds

    Hi, Looking for fresh Korean hornbeam seeds to buy. Also willing to trade with Mikawa JBP seeds from Japan. Thanks! Shay
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    Root experiment

    Hello all, I had a fascinating experience with a few oak acorns I planted this season that gave me an idea. I planted the acorns in a colander and at that time had a small amount of soil. so they were planted very shallow (about half an inch deep overall). I figured I'll transplant them once...
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    Nebari work

    Hello all, Attaching some photos of palmatum and trident nebari work done last weekend. The palmatum is an air layer that was detached a year and a half ago and you can see the original trunk diameter as a white circle. it's amazing how quickly the base has expanded. The roots on the trident are...
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    Dwarf Palmatum? Help in identification

    Hello all I got this one at a regular nursery. They only had 3 specimens (got them all...) I only saw it dormant but from the dry leaves it had on, they are pinky nail size. Any ideas what cultivar it might be? Thanks, Shay
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    reptilian bougainvillea

    An urban yamadori from last spring. Working on the deadwood... Cheers, Shay
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    chojubai seedlings questions

    Hi all, I have started some japanese quince from seed last spring. There are about 20 seedlings in a colander. Attaching a photo from today. I am looking for some directions on how to grow them properly. Ideal repoting time? How sensitive are they with root work? Whats the best way to get them...
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    is this rock good for JBP?

    Hi, I have found this rock on a trip to a desert. Thought of using it with a JBP. Start from the bottom left plateau up and continue the right silhouette line to the left and down. Is it a good rock? Any thoughts? Thank you! Shay
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    JBP ROR questions

    Hi, I have never made root over rock before and recently developed an interest... Attaching a picture of a volcanic rock I found on a weekend trip and have some questions about it and about ROR in general. first of all, what do you think about the rock? is it suitable for JBP? I can vision it as...
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    Help with identification

    Hi, In search of Mikawa JBP seeds, I gave a shot to a source in China via Aliexpress. The seeds I got looked like pine seeds but the seedlings that sprouted are definitely not... Can any one tell me what these are? The supplier insist its Mikawa pine... Thanks, Shay
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    Shohin Elm

    Hello, This tree was collected earlier this year from an abandon schoolyard that was being renovated. The first picture was when I got it. There is no scale but the trunk thickness is 1.5-2 inches. It grew very well the past couple of months and today I had a workshop with Ofer Grunwald and...
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    what's happening?!

    Is my Acer dying? Its happening all over...
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    what am I doing wrong?

    Hello everyone, Leaves on my boxwood, Acer and prunus dulcis look off. What is it and how do I treat it? I also have oaks and elms that look OK. All are watered and fertilized the same. Thanks for the help, Shay
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    Acer obtusifolium

    Hi all I found this tree in a nursety. Got a bargain price on it and think it has potential. This is an endemic Acer and the only one we have here. Its not deciduous so no fall colors. It has a nice deadwood and good taper but all the rest is a mess. Ill let it grow freely now and select...
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    Acer palmatum

    Hello everyone, I found this tree in a nurcery. There is only one in Israel that grow them being located 700m above sea level and in zone 9. I live closer to the cost line and in zone 10. My appartement is facing north and relatively cool. Shade all winter and part sunny the rest of the year. I...
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    air layering 8" elm

    Hello, There is an old elm near my home that has a low branch or trunk and I was thinking of air layering it... Its 8" or so at the point I want to layer. Is it possible? When should I start if yes? The picture was taken at night, sorry. Thank you, Shay
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    oak tourniquet

    Hello, I wanted to ask; dose any one have experience with ground layering/tourniquet oak? I need to fix this reverce tapering... This is a Quercus ithaburensis Thank you! Shay
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    Elm styling help

    Hello, I got this elm a couple of months ago. the trunk at the base is about 3 inches. It is starting to show new growth so I repotted it today to change its angle. I was thinking of getting rid of the bulky top and use the upper right branch as a new leader. this will result a large opening...
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    artificial light

    Hello, I didn't know in what section to ask this question... hope its OK. I live in Israel which is a very sunny country all year round. having said that my apartment is facing north and the balcony I use, to grow the trees I have, get no direct sun during winter. in transition seasons and...
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    leucophyllum collected this morning...

    Hi all I have collected this tree a few hours ago. Wanted to ask if I should cut back more on this one or wait with it. If I want to do a double trunk style on this one I thought I should cut the right trunk down. Any thoughts? Thank you. Shay
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    Good or bad?

    I got this juniper from a nursery a couple of days ago. I thought it had potential when I saw it, but now after a better look it feels like I made a bad choice... I would appreciate a direction on the design. Also, I know I should look for a good taper, movement, interesting nebari... But...
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    First tree guidance

    Hello all, I have wanted to practice Bonsai for many years and only recently discovered I can get suitable trees where I live (Israel). For the past couple of months I have been studying the basics and looking for good raw materials in nurseries. Yamadori is a bit difficult here but I am working...
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