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  1. Eric Group

    Chojubai from cuttings!

    I just make my own kind of “pro mix”- a potting soil with peat and perlite, a little soil conditioner (tiny particle bark) and some fertilizer mixed in... I use it for basically everything I am growing out... once a tree gets to the size I want it to be fore Bonsai, I start the process of...
  2. Eric Group

    What ever happened to Peter Tea and John Geanangel?

    And that is all reallllll scary... if you are a terrorist or a drug smuggler, right? 😂 -** disclosures to avoid offending people= All due respect, and no offense and I hope this remains a civil discourse as I respect all you guys and hate it when a simple discussion that I feel is...
  3. Eric Group

    What ever happened to Peter Tea and John Geanangel?

    Again, you control the message of what you see on FB. If you actually went on there you would see just as much conservative info as liberal and you could easily block anyone posting things you don’t like... Jist saying... being assumption a liberal site might turn you off without knowing how...
  4. Eric Group

    What ever happened to Peter Tea and John Geanangel?

    Thanks Va... I am going to try to get back into it more again! Just hard to find the time lately.
  5. Eric Group

    What ever happened to Peter Tea and John Geanangel?

    Yeah Ken quit posting on forums years ago, for similar reasons I think to why John quit! LOL. It is kind of a shame really, Ken is a great guy with AMAZING trees! In the Internet focused environment we live in, I feel like he doesn’t get much attention or recognition but he is easily one of...
  6. Eric Group

    What ever happened to Peter Tea and John Geanangel?

    His personal page is where he posts most of his stuff and he will share on some of the groups as well sometimes. Just look for his name... not a lot of people go by John Geanangel! LOL I imagine he would probably add you if you sent him a request, unless ya’ll have some personal beef or...
  7. Eric Group

    What ever happened to Peter Tea and John Geanangel?

    I am lucky to call him a friend and to be so close to both he and Ken Duncan. They are both still very active in Bonsai and great at what they do. As someone mentioned above, John does post pretty often on FB. It is kind of silly IMO to be so anti Facebook as so many people seem to be. It...
  8. Eric Group

    Juniper Fert.?

    Nothing wrong with a 12-4-5 mix, find something a little more balanced to supplement your feeding with...
  9. Eric Group

    Air layering a large collected juniper

    So, logistically the deadwood will be a problem if you want a radial root spread on the layer as, obviously, deadwood won’t root... I can’t tell from the pic but if it is a large vein of deadwood that could leave you with a horribly unbalanced root system... You will have to decide that...
  10. Eric Group

    Juniper Fert.?

    Put some rusted nails on the surface of the pine’s Soil. Fixed my yellow needles within a month.. Or get some sort of Iron supplement which in theory should provide the same solution chemically... I just have an abundance of nails lying around, it is what they do in Japan and seemed to work...
  11. Eric Group

    Maple Branching Structure - Where to Cut?

    The question of when to prune them is complicated. I have had bad luck recently with fungal attacks when pruning duringndormancy. You will read not to prune during this time of year due to heave sap flow/ “bleeding” though personally I have not had bad issues with trees that were pruned in...
  12. Eric Group

    Maple Branching Structure - Where to Cut?

    I had no idea it was that much either! Got my copy for $60 I think..
  13. Eric Group

    Flowers 2018

    Got to love those Miyuki! Yours are blooming earlier than mine. When I left the house Friday I did not have a single Azalea popping yet!
  14. Eric Group

    Flowers 2018

    You will likely get a few solid pink blooms in there as well as it matures. Still have the one you sent me- ever get any clarity on a variety name?
  15. Eric Group

    Buds opening, tree said its time...

    10 trees? LOL That requires a day off work? Sounds to me like someone just wanted a day off to play with their Bonsai! LOL
  16. Eric Group

    This weeks task

    I would also get that moss off the trunk! Cool twisty trunk, a nice rock but I am personally not a big fan of it with this tree... IMO might look better if planted at an angle without the rock...
  17. Eric Group

    Now THAT'S a spider!

    This whole thread 🤮
  18. Eric Group

    My Shohin Collection ....

    Fantastic- thanks for sharing! This is massively helpful to those of us developing stock from young seedlings and cuttings.. I have twisted mine up a bit but have been concerned about breaking them. Seeing yours shows me I can go harder, and using rafia is probably wise!
  19. Eric Group

    Do you have plans to improve your Bonsai Garden (display area) in 2018?

    I plan to improve mine by improving the quality of the trees on the benches and reducing clutter by selling a bunch more cuttings once Spring rolls around!
  20. Eric Group

    My Shohin Collection ....

    They have quickly catapulted to near the top of my list recently as well though the only ones I have are young seedlings...
  21. Eric Group

    My Shohin Collection ....

    The Hornbeam and Persimmon are really special!
  22. Eric Group

    Virginia pines

    I do think the foliage looks a lot like Scott’s too actually! I don’t know if short leaf and Scott’s are related or not but this does resemble a Scott’s some Vance
  23. Eric Group

    Virginia pines

    Yes, Virginia Pine can be made into Bonsai... John G here in SC has a few, I have a couple but they are very “pre” Bonsai at this point... I also doubt that is Virginia and certain it is not Pitch Pine... Loblolly is unlikely as the needles are just too short... maybe... Shortleaf Pine...
  24. Eric Group

    Advice on grafting

    Generally Pines should graft to Pines, Juniper to Juniper... but you can ask @Adair M about grafting Ume to Juniper, I don’t think that works.
  25. Eric Group

    I appended this to another LONG thread but want to separate it.

    All depends on so many factors- size of the pot, health of the tree, how tender the new growth is... Neither variety you mention is a real trooper in cold weather and if you have aclimated them to indoors, they will be especially squeamish. That said, if you want to move then out now, as long...