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  1. TheDarkHorseOne

    My introduction thread

    I envy your place of residence, Corinne. I drove through Montana on my way to a year long stay in Seattle, and it was amazing. I'd never before seen the Milky Way until I came to your fine state. Bison in the wild. Brilliant mountains and scenery. The sky is truly BIG out there. I wish both...
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    Just a little thank you

    I've never been much good at political debate, but I felt compelled to do so on the Bar, and that really detracted from my main purpose here, which was to talk bonsai! So, I just wanted to give a little thanks to the powers that be for removing that 'temptation', and cesspool, if I'm honest, and...
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    Best time to style a maple?

    Thanks for clarifying, rockm. We're moving into colder weather now, so I really doubt any new growth would spring up. Can you tell me this? If the object is to get rid of the offensive, overgrown limbs, what would I care about die back? That's what I WANT. Are you saying if I cut off an...
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    Best time to style a maple?

    Why this, smoke?
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    New Bald Cypress

    Not sure I mentioned them on this thread or elsewhere, but I just got 2 gorgeous Bald Cypress from a good friend of mine. They were grown from seedling here in Indiana, harvested from near a lake where they grow wild. Right now, if you look at them flat, not three dimensional, the trunks are...
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    I already know I'm a masterpiece. The board is just slow in realizing it. I'm sure it will get around to it, one day.
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    New Bald Cypress

    I think they can take any form you wish, personally. I've seen gorgeous versions of Cypress bonsai in both the 'nature' style, and as more of an evergreen style. Truly spectacular looking trees.
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    Best time to style a maple?

    Well, it's 9/30, and my gorgeous little Maple is still bearing all of it's leaves and all of it's branches for now, heh. I think someone said above that I may be a bit anxious, and that may be true as the development of the trunk and nebari are things that are important. At this point, the new...
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    It came from the Oort!

    Eggcellent! A Doctor Who reference in the midst of some gibberish, heheh. Just reverse the ISON polarity, Kly.
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    Best time to style a maple?

    Didn't know this was going to stimulate such conversation. I live in Indiana, and thusfar, my Maple is holding it's leaves. It is WAY out of control as far as internode growth. An inch to inch and a half. It NEEDS to be cut back to promote back budding, and stifle, if that's a correct word, the...
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    Walked in on a robbery!

    Similar... At my place of business, I was privvy to a person whipping out a gun and telling me he was going to blow my brains out. A little disconcerting, I can tell you, especially when he had me in the back room alone. I just went with it. What else can you do if you aren't armed? Kept asking...
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    Best time to style a maple?

    I just want to have it healthy and be satisfied with it, eventually, Mach, heheh. I'll worry and wonder and fret and smile all along the way, trust me. And, as is common, one day I'll want to change it again.
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    Walter Pall's trees stolen

    Can't disagree at all, goose. Which makes our bonsai world a little bit smaller, and a little less what we would like it to be. Damned shame. I'm not going to let that bad apple diminish my appreciation of the art, though. As far as bonsai, I'm suspicious of insects, not the folks here. I say...
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    Does Bonsai also interest you in weather?

    I've been an inherent weather buff since I was young, but when dealing with trees or plants, it becomes a bit more pertinent. Given my buff-ness, if you will, on the subject, I've decided to buy a weather station. Specifically, a Davis Vantage Vue. Now, I'm not affiliated with this site, nor...
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    Walter Pall's trees stolen

    While sad, when money comes into the equation, there is always a market. Sad state of the world and we humans. Covet.
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    Best time to style a maple?

    First off, thanks for the answers, folks. I live in Indiana and we have a variable climate at this point. For the first time since Spring, we're going to have low temps dipping slightly into the 40s this week. Also, I should probably have been more clear. I wasn't saying chop chop now. At the...
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    Best time to style a maple?

    We're heading into months now where the trees begin to put themselves to sleep, and I've heard things all over the place as to when to shape up a maple, so some advice would be welcome. Is this the best time to pare down a maple? The one I have has got new growth from this year that has about 2...
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    What's wrong with my maple?

    This may be neither here nor there, but could the look of those leaves be an iron deficiency? I seem to remember that look as I read on the subject one day. No expert, just trying to toss in another idea.
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    was struggling how to word this

    Time and experience, Ang. Can't buy them. They don't come in a can. Those are what I feel are my limitations. I don't feel that's holding me back, really. I just know right now those sorts of trees would be in better hands than mine. I think that admission isn't a cop out, but a personal...
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    First Attempt

    Howdy, goose. Sorry I'm late to this party, but isn't that fashionable in some circles? I'd like to toss out a couple comments on rocks and trees and things as a fellow rook aspiring one day to perhaps be a knight, but not too much so. I guess you could call me a book learner at this...
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    Scale-leaf Conifer Identification

    The pictures are confusing me, Steve. The green leaves definitely look scale, but the brown bits hanging off look like more needled. I have a gorgeous, tall juniper in my front yard, and have owned a ground hugging prickly juniper as well, but are they the same thing? Do those prickly little...
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    Suggest bonsai style

    Welcome aboard, by the way, ishkan!
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    Suggest bonsai style

    Yeah, a triple trunk with more height difference would probably be good for the first. The second, depending on the species, needs back budding lower on the trunk, and probably 2 of the three prominences on the top taken off. Then you could possibly go with a moyogi to get movement in the...
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    was struggling how to word this

    I'm afraid all that provenance would be lost on me. Firstly, I think any tree that has such age would deserve better than me as a host. Sure, it may teach me a lot to care for a beauty such as that or those, but I feel at my stage, my hands are too full of ham to do any justice. I'd rather...
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    Do you put pre-bonsai in bonsai soil or potting soil?

    I don't know it it's ever been plager.. er posted here, but John Naka has an extensive list of soil mixes for near every tree you could imagine in his first techniques book. I hear and see a lot of differing soils both here and all over the 'net, but if I were going to trust an opinion, I'd go...
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