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    Flowering pear seedling?

    Probably a flowering pear? It has a really nice bark, but full of big thorns. It's a wild seedling that grows from a small crack in the boulders in my backyard. It has never flowered so it can't be that old. Maybe 10 years old? I trimmed it down a bit a couple of years ago to make it branch...
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    Flowering pear seedling?

    Probably a flowering pear? It has a really nice bark, but full of big thorns. It's a wild seedling that grows from a small crack in the boulders in my backyard. It has never flowered so it can't be that old. Maybe 10 years old? I trimmed it down a bit a couple of years ago to make it branch...
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    Big green maple stumps from the Growing Grounds

    I got this one spring of 2014.
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    My tropical trees

    My sad looking tropical trees finally are now outside. They stay inside from November to April every year. Even with a south facing window and a metal hide light, they don't do well inside. Most of the willow leaf ficuses lose their leaves by January from spider mites, but bounce back when they...
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    Poll: pot color for Aureum full moon maple?

    What pot color would you like for an Aureum full moon maple?
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    Colorful Japanese maples at a local nursery

    Beni Maiko Ori Zuru Japanese Sunrise Mizuho Beni Katsura
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    Golden pines

    The middle one is Pinus sylvestris 'Gold Coin'. The other two are Pinus mugo 'Carstens Wintergold'. Two came barerooted so put them in the pond baskets without disturbing the roots too much. I'll repot the one in its original pot in July following Vance's method. Also waiting for Pinus...
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    Need advice on how to keep all the coral bark cultivars alive

    Sango Kaku is my most favorite cultivar, but I can't keep it alive whether in a bonsai pot, a big wooden barrel, a big plastic barrel, or in the ground. When I get them in spring, and they'll be fine for the whole year. Then they would start to turn black and die before they even leaf the...
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    Add New Zealand sphagnum moss to soil mix?

    I searched the threads, but it's still unclear. If I'm doing 80% inorganic and 20% organic, should I add New Zealand sphagnum moss in addition to sieved pine bark or should I just stick with pine bark? How do you chop the sphagnum? With a blender? Scissors? Or should I just leave them in...
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    Composing your own pine bark?

    Does anyone compose your own pine bark? I have not been able to locate pine bark fines or soil conditioner at Lowe's, Home Depot, or a nursery near me (Boston area). There's plenty of pine mulch though. I could use it around my garden as mulch and sieve it in a year or two? Do I need to do...
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    Bloodgood and Butterfly - bonsai or let them be?

    I bought Bloodgood, Butterfly, and Fireglow Japanese maples from Lowe's spring of 2012. I planted them all in front of my driveway with the intent to turn them into bonsai when their trunks are thick enough. I have already trunk-chopped the Fireglow (AMAZING red color all season long!!!). What...
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    Eastern larch - progression

    I got this collected larch late winter in 2012. Looking through old pictures, it's weird I have never taken a fall picture and only one picture with leaves. I'll have to remember to take more pictures this year. Here's right before I trimmed or wired it.
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    New elm trimming

    Picked up this elm a couple of weeks ago. Probably 2 feet tall. Most branches grew in all sorts of directions so I trimmed them down a bit. An hour later o_O
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    Colander pots

    Repotting time! I switched to pond baskets a while back. A couple of years ago I moved some to these colanders. I'm moving them all in here this year. The round ones range from 8" to 12". The rectangular ones range from 15" to 22".
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    Flowering pear?

    Does anyone keep flowering pear bonsai trees? I rarely see any. They are very popular as street trees in the Boston area. The white flowers are very beautiful in spring. In fall, the leaves turn red. I'm going to see if I can airlayer one. I have a big tree at my house, but it looks very...
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    Green Japanese maple

    My newest tree from the Growing Grounds has arrived! The trunk is between 2" to 2.5" thick depending on the angle. The base is around 3". It's 24" tall. The tree came double boxed with no filler. The pot is tied down to the bottom of the box. I see 3 possible fronts. Front...
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    Trident maple - overwintering

    Hi all, I have always wanted one of those really fat trident maples. Does anyone in New England or zone 6 and lower successfully grow them with minimal winter protection? I have a small tool shed in the backyard where I keep all my trees, but the temperature in there does fluctuate a bit. The...
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    My Korean hornbeam

    I got this collected Korean hornbeam from a local bonsai store in 2009. I forgot to take a picture of what it looked like pre-bonsai. The tree was actually a bit taller, but I didn't like the top of it so I chopped it off. This is the spring picture from 2009. I keep forgetting to take...
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    Willow leaf ficus - progression

    I got this tree in 2008 from one of the local bonsai stores. Here's what it looked like before I did anything to it. (I was actually good with this one.. normally I forget to take pictures and just start chopping branches.. LOL) I repotted it in a white Sara Rayner pot with a...
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    New tiny Japanese maple coming out of dormancy too soon.. Help!

    Hi all, I got this tiny, lop-sided Japanese maple yesterday from one of the local bonsai stores. It was kept in their greenhouse the whole winter where the temperature never went below 30F. It's been very warm yesterday and today. It's already coming out of dormancy! LOL I live just...
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    Need advice and opinions on my Arakawa

    Hi all, I would like some advice and opinions on what to do with my Arakawa Japanese maple. Here's what it looked like in spring of 2012. I put it in the oval pot below without doing any work because it already came out of dormancy when I got it. Then I just let it grow untouched for 1...
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    100% diatomite for soil?

    Does anyone use 100% diatomite for Japanese maples? I have successfully used it for all of my tropical bonsai trees for almost 10 years now and just wondering if anyone else has any experience with it on Japanese maples. I'm planning to put several young maples in large 15" x 19" x 5" plastic...
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