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  1. FourMileMarc

    Mikawa pines dying

    I have used Neem before on pines to control aphids with no ill effects. In fact the 2 other Mikawa's that did not get mites were treated several times with neem over the summer because they had aphids and I am thinking this is why they did not get the mites and the other ones did. I guess to...
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    Mikawa pines dying

    Oh man, I do not know why I did not think of doing this, I had my brain stuck on fungus due to my climate. I just did the paper test and the paper became covered with many tiny spider mites. I will treat with neem oil. I find neem works very good on scale and aphids but spider mites as well? I...
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    Mikawa pines dying

    I bought 4 Mikawa pines form Mr. Murinaka in Nipomo last June and one is almost dead and one other is now getting the same thing the almost dead one has. I never have problems with overwatering and use proper soils and decanning the really bad one their is no sign of root rot. I am getting the...
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    Jaqueline hillier Elm

    I have 2, one from cutting that was rooted easily around mid summer as a bare piece of kindling. They thicken quickly but have a very haringbone branching pattern.
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    Monterey Cypress

    Update for 2011 for this tree. I have followed the vision in my early drawing but have decided it needs the second left branch for now. I wish I had known then what I know now about letting side sacrafice branches develop for too long with too many in one area and in the front. As you can see...
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    Three new 'Mikawa' Black Pines from Muranaka's

    The needles are cut just above the fascicle or sheath, little wrap that holds the 2 needles together about 1/8th inch long. This stimulates the dormant bud hidden inside. If you rip the needle off the bud will be ripped of with it and you will never get a bud there. Most people seem to all pluck...
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    Redbud session 2008!

    I air layered it and it almost died! It took all of last year to root and I ended up severing it just above the 2nd bend. The reason I did this was because the nebari was to far gone and would have never been good. So it is a little shorter now and sitting in its new container. It is growing...
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    Three new 'Mikawa' Black Pines from Muranaka's

    I went down to Muranaka's down south in Nipomo CA the other day on the recommendation by Al and I must say I am very impressed. I usually drive up to Evergreen Garden Works once a year but this time I decided to try this place out. Each vendor has it's pluses and minuses but both are very well...
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    Excessive Pruning Fines

    More Agenda 21 in action with this situation. It will only get worse before it gets better. After the intellectual revolution this country desperately needs.
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    Another Hinoki, rough stock

    I gotta pitch in on this as well. Very good eye for style with both of these.
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    Ah,sunny weather.

    Talk about candles!
  12. FourMileMarc

    Atlantic/Atlas Cedar repot in autumn/fall

    Oh Man, Cedar's are screeming sirens for me. Luring me into their beauty only to die in conditions most tree's do fine in. I would have to say do your root work in the middle to late winter when it is still cold and then put in partial shade. I would never do any root trimming in the fall but...
  13. FourMileMarc

    junipers in the yard

    Wow, very nice. Do you ever worry about security? I'd probably have sentry guns lined up around the property. Maybe it's like here where people have no idea what they are looking at.:)
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    2 different candling methods

    Thanks. My problem is that not only is the growing season a variable but since my pine tree's are in the trunk growing stage I also have to deal with variable vigor dependent on the ratio of sacraficial branches of various sizes compared to final branches and their size. Add in only 4 years...
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    Bonsai as a crop/industry

    Like Brent says more or less, if you want to make a buck in Bonsai you create allot of junky little $5 junipers and sell them real fast. My feeling is that is not why Brent or any other individual for that matter with stock worth the salt of the earth is in this buissness. It is a labor of love...
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    All Hail Breaks Loose

    Yea this whole sleetstorm ruined my tanning regimen.
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    Rocky Mountain Juniper Cascade; Which Front?

    Nice Juniper. I am thinking a wider hex pot would do it more justice, on a corner. To me it looks unstable in that pot as well.
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    All Hail Breaks Loose

    Got lucky, dropped to 32F for 4 hours. Soil was semi frozen. Soaked everything last night at 11 pm, that is usually the best thing short of bringing everything inside, which aint going to happen for me. This morning there was a nice layer of ice on everything and the foliage appeared to remain...
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    All Hail Breaks Loose

    Yea Barry, we cant touch that stuff around here. Question is tonight, will we learn our lesson about protecting all that new growth from our false spring. I'll go out and rig my hose mister on a tall bamboo shoot now. Lows in the upper 20's tonight maybe.:(
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    grow boxes

    Boxes are superior for training and should be built custom for each tree. I use Redwood lumber for longevity and appearance. These are 3/4" thick / 8' / 6'. The depth is 6" and can be shallower with a sawsall as needed. After the box frame is built with screws (Screws are the way to...
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    2 different candling methods

    I just had a Eureka moment! It's all about the candle necks sometimes being to long. There are no buds on the necks of course. This guys article explained candling pretty good for me. My situation is that the pines that I do have are...
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    2 different candling methods

    So how many cut the candle to length and how many remove the entire candle then? It seems like the former way is better but obviously it is not because no one seems to do it that way.
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    2 different candling methods

    I am aware that there are 2 or even 3 different candling methods. One where you cut all of the candles back in midsummer and one where they all get cut back in spring and then in the fall you cut the desired "keeper" candles back to the desired length and thin out the ones you do not want. The...
  24. FourMileMarc

    Black Pussy Willow

    Those days for me are long over with thank god.
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    Repotting & Root Soaking

    Witholding fertilizer after transplant is like a following sea, or a downwind turn.:D The plant needs high N especially after root work, the boat does not care and the airplane will not fall out of the sky.
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