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    2016 US National Bonsai Exhibition

    @sawgrass, don’t think I ever uploaded a photo of the display with your scroll here. It is on Facebook though. Stand by David Knittle Black Ceramic slab by Michelle Smith of MC Squared Container by Michael Hagedorn White pumpkin found on way (finally) on PA border from pumpkin farmer. I...
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    GoFundMe...for Owen and ones effected by the fire.

    Thank you @kakejiku for the scroll. It’s beautiful. You once asked me about the tiny maple display at National Exhibition. My choice was in part for a mountain image with the freshwater mountain crab. It was what I could find, and unfortunately most have no idea how to use a scroll in a...
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    plants needed.

    I bought a section of the farm’s trees a few years ago. I’ll likely build a nursery still in TN. I’m grew up in Acworth and went to UGA 😁.
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    plants needed.

    Everyone can also try their hand at the Chinese species and our natives. Seed available for many. Stewartia sine did and some others make great small bonsai. I think, but am not certain if some S. monadelpha in Japan have been grafted with Chinese species.
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    plants needed.

    mine came from Dave’s field. Well, I bought the field. There were some left, and he said he’d plant more. I bought mine a few years ago, and they range from $500-$2500. Selling about 75% of my bonsai before Christmas so it’s easier to move to a permanent location. I’ll start a new thread.
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    BALD CYPRESS

    Taxoidium distichum ‘Falling Waters’ was discovered in Italy, and ‘Cascade Falls’ in New Zealand. Falling Waters will form a natural central leader. There are other cultivated varieties like ‘Seacrest’ and others that will work well for bonsai. I’ve seen natural weeping forms in multiple...
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    Japanese Stewartia

    One last thing. Please let us know if it’s a Stewartia pseudocamellia or otherwise. S. pseudocamellia responds much more poorly to major cut-backs. Roots far more fungal sensitive.
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    Japanese Stewartia

    To clarify, I wouldn’t do much to it until you know the root system can respond well to major work to the top of the tree. I re-pot stewartia grown in nursery mix as the bud scales shift to “actually” open. The bud scales slowly flare a little for last half of winter, so it’s easy to think...
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    Japanese Stewartia

    I’d first get it out of nursery media and make sure roots are healthy. I topped all of mine from about 15-20’ to 3-4’, partially bare-rooted, and potted in free draining (3-4” large lava) but slightly more moisture retentive (50% Happy Frog blended mix) and 50% medium pumice. Stewartia of...
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    Stellar Ruby Magnolia Any One?

    Don’t recall what’s in the old blog post, but the roots are thick and fleshy and you can cut them off pretty aggressively if tree is healthy. I use Aoki blend, and they love water. Scars heal well most of time. Bases of cutting grown plants have natural basal flare. Leaf surface removal and...
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    GoFundMe...for Owen and ones effected by the fire.

    Hi, things are settling down and I’ve started getting the things I need to work on bonsai again. Thank you for the auctions, and the support from others.
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    Stellar Ruby Magnolia Any One?

    I have a different dwarf M. virginiana as well. Not sure of cultivar name but a hair bigger leaf
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    Stellar Ruby Magnolia Any One?

    My hybrid star magnolia didn’t make it during one of my 3 month trips to Japan a few years ago. Incredibly rewarding Genus. Michellia figo isn’t fully hardy a lot of places, but worth having. Deciduous magnolias like star and some hybrids do have the right stuff and naturally form heavy...
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    What's the Deal with A.P. 'Shin deshojo' Layers? Brainstorming Needed.

    I would not be so concerned about your level of ignorance. Science is complicated, and the annual rhythms of trees and shrubs are well understood. The 3,8,110 year patterns are not so well understood. Meaning, some species don’t propagate the same every year. They also don’t respond to...
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    What's the Deal with A.P. 'Shin deshojo' Layers? Brainstorming Needed.

    Also, as in previous photo, try wounding the length of underside of some branches. That was the secondary apex of a bonsai.
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    What's the Deal with A.P. 'Shin deshojo' Layers? Brainstorming Needed.

    T They are likely getting a fungal infection in winter, or they may not have enough energy reserves stored for spring push (that’s just a guess). Suggest using long fiber sphagnum with a medium size Akadama sphagnum mix around layer site. Once you know you have roots filling layer container...
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    Can you help me identify the species of tree?

    It looks like a really old Lonicera nitida or another natural dwarf. Square stems helps, so I say unknown lonicera.
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    Japanese Maple Defoliation

    Defoliation techniques for Japanese maples can be applied to trees in development to push growth towards the inside of the tree. Bjorn’s BAoJ series covers it in a video (don’t recall number) there are plenty of progression articles as well. The most important thing to understand about...
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    Is the current bonsai instructional system broken?

    Multiple I completely agree about multiple demos at once, or for the weekend with planned updates on progress for those interested in the how and why. Bonsai is not the easiest thing to keep a crowds attention on. There are some with backgrounds in teaching that do bonsai professionally. Adam...
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    Is the current bonsai instructional system broken?

    An American bonsai professional association has formed in past, and an attempt to reboot it also undertaken a few years ago. Regional organizations seem to be best. Some states like CA, TX, and FL have state organizations that work quite well. America is huge, which makes things difficult for...
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    Is the current bonsai instructional system broken?

    I love beginners. Work with them fairly often when people come by to see the bonsai. To clarify, I don’t think bonsai professionals that have say national level presence or have before should teach beginner workshops. Their work creates positive ripple effects for those who are into bonsai...
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    Is the current bonsai instructional system broken?

    There are a lot more 20-40 (what I’ve seen) year olds getting into bonsai. Young professionals who do bonsai to cope with intense jobs. They tend to have about 10-20 trees, most of which are high quality. Just my two cents. Bonsai pros worth their salt will be fine.
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    Is the current bonsai instructional system broken?

    I’m also super optimistic by the growing intermediate level bonsai hobbyist count. People are retaining the information presented to them better due in large part to catering to different learning styles. Was told on a few occasions that Bonsai Techniques 1 and 2 were written for stubborn...
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    Is the current bonsai instructional system broken?

    The shows being canceled does hurt many who commit to those circuits of exhibitions. Vending at shows has changed some in my opinion, and I predict that big ticket items will be delivered to shows, and sold via video chat or custom promo videos that show that trees in different seasons and in...
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    Advice on another Stewartia trunk chop

    They air layer and ground layer easily. This tree was 20’ tall with a few low branches two years ago. I’ll be posting on Instagram (@owenbonsai) a lot more soon. Please forgive the mess 😁. Building my bonsai garden in East Nashville this, and next week.
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