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    I'm new to bonsai and this forum use with experience could you recommend me a website nursery

    Between those 2 pots, I would use the smart pot. You can also get large pond baskets. Generally, you shouldn't disturb the roots once the leaves have already opened, but I have cut the bottom part of the soil or split it in half and spread the 2 parts apart flat so it can fit in a pond basket...
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    Post your Bloodgood's new leaves...or any red maples...

    More red leaves opening. These two look pretty much the same right now
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    I'm new to bonsai and this forum use with experience could you recommend me a website nursery

    Hi Elyah, that's a pretty bad graft union. None of those pots will be deep enough if you want to get rid of that union. Are you able to plant it in the ground? If you can, wrap a piece of wire around the trunk right under the union. Plant the tree deep so the wire is at least a few inches under...
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    I'm new to bonsai and this forum use with experience could you recommend me a website nursery

    Elyah, here's the $40 Murasaki kiyohime I got from Conifer Kingdom. Pretty bushy with a trunk the thickness of a pencil. If you do decide to buy a tree now, it's too late to do any root work, but you can lift the whole thing up and put it in a bigger pot or in the ground without disturbing the...
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    I'm new to bonsai and this forum use with experience could you recommend me a website nursery

    Hi Elyah, I have bought several Japanese maples this spring from 4 vendors: 2 from searching on Google and 2 from eBay. I'm happiest with Conifer Kingdom. Below is the link to their website. One of the plants I got from them is Murasaki Kiyohime. The one I received is actually bigger than...
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    Ginseng Ficus Progression

    Nice! Are you going to try to add more aerial roots from the horizontal branches?
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    Sango-kaku

    SF temps are definitely mild. I wonder if it's the fog.
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    Sango-kaku

    Your zone is colder than mine! How? You have to tell us every detail of how and where you keep this tree during the year and in the winter. LOL
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    Sango-kaku

    I'm not sure if it's temperatures anymore. I just ordered a Winter Flame (also pink bark, but smaller) from Oregon. Oregon winters can't be that bad. It's full of scars like the branches almost died back, but somehow survived and healed. It's definitely a goner in Massachusetts this winter...
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    Sango-kaku

    I can never keep Sango kaku alive, either. Do you have an unheard garage to keep it in winter? If it couldn't thrive in the ground, it would probably meet the same fate in a pot unless you can offer more protection.
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    Deshojo from Gregory Beach Bonsai

    Wow that's really bright red! The spring colors sound Katsura. The summer color looks Katsura as well. I'm not sure if they turn red though. Whatever it is, that's a win-win-win for all the seasonal colors you get from this tree ;)
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    Deshojo from Gregory Beach Bonsai

    Any pix?
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    Autumn finally here..

    So pretty. How long have they been in training?
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    100% diatomite for soil?

    I got mine at Zoro. It's $9/bag with free shipping if over $50. https://www.zoro.com/ep-minerals-universal-absorbent-25-lb-bag-8925/i/G3522854/?q=G3522854
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    100% diatomite for soil?

    I got these 10" pond baskets from Dr Fosters and Smith online for around $5, which is twice the cost of the 15" rectangular colanders. I only use the pond basket to do a wire airlayer to get rid of an ugly graft union. That's a good point. 10 years ago, the 8822 was much much larger. Too bad...
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    100% diatomite for soil?

    Color difference between Optisorb (left) and Napa 8822 Floor Dry (right). Optisorb is slightly larger. These were unsieved. I also got some they were sieved. An experiment to see if sieving matters for pond baskets and colanders.
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    JM Identification request

    That's strange that it turned pale green, but didn't show bright orange tones first. All of mine that are pale green in the summer are bright yellow and orange when they first unfurl. I just got Summer Gold in the mail today from Conifer Kingdom (that's why it looks like it got thrown...
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    JM Identification request

    That's really light.
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    Best time to air-layer a BRT?

    Where do you keep it? Does it get to come outside when it's warmer?
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    JM Identification request

    I also have 3 green maples. They all look different. Yours looks like a cross between my 1st and 2nd.
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    JM Identification request

    It looks like a regular green Japanese maple to me. Definitely not Orange Dream. Here's a picture of my Orange Dream from last weekend.
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    Maple in June

    Wow how do you have so many leaves already in NH? They look almost like Tsuma Gaki before the leaves unfurl
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    Deshojo from Gregory Beach Bonsai

    Did you take a fall picture? What's next to it? Orange Dream?
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    Rainbow eucalyptus

    I saw them when I went to Hawaii. Definitely the coolest bark. Do they peel young though or only on larger trunks?
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    A Jade Tree I Have been "Styling" For Five Years

    Nice bark. They aren't usually rough like these.
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