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  1. bwaynef

    Shinpaku progression / skills check in 2021

    While I agree that the earlier you can set structure appropriately, the better off what you build will be, right now that poor structure is going to facilitate backbudding. Those backbuds can then be simplified and structure set. I would NOT remove any more branching or foliage on this tree...
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    Shinpaku progression / skills check in 2021

    You've probably seen the first. The first time I saw the 2nd & 3rd, it finally clicked for me. (Remember, they're in Japanese so left-to-right.)
  3. bwaynef

    Shinpaku progression / skills check in 2021

    Your tree has plenty of wire on it. Now you just need to develop the pads. Pads need to be layered into place. The structure you have would be more appropriate for a deciduous tree. Wiring the branches down and splaying them out so that they can reach sunlight easily will cause the tree to...
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    Loropetalum cuttings

    I've got a handful of them growing on the edge of my property. The "sweet little lady" next door, knowing full well where the property lines were, planted them 10 feet into MY property. When it came time to have some trees removed I had a discussion with my neighbors and found out that the...
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    Loropetalum cuttings

    I had no problem getting high percentage to root from hardwoods in Jan/Feb.
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    To the place of my birth...

    A couple of years back we drove to Va. Beach for a few days, then drove down the NC coast to Wilmington before heading back to God's Country. Colonial Williamsburg was a lot more interesting than I thought it could be, ...and when some dignitary whose name escapes me (I don't THINK it was...
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    Bottom heat with collected trees

    If I were you, I'd protect the rootballs from dipping below about 32-33°F until about January. Then I'd raise the temp for the rootballs to about 40°F, maybe as high as 45°F. While the rootball temp increases, make sure to keep the above-ground portion exposed to cool temps. You want the...
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    Late summer conifer repot in 8b, bad idea?

    Unless you think the trees are going to suffer drastically before you're able to do it at the proper time, I'd hold off until spring. I'm willing to concede that people have reported successes repotting trees in the summer, but they're usually in colder climates and they usually do it earlier...
  9. bwaynef

    Japanese Maple Styling

    1) You're going to have a hard time getting the crotch angles set w/o introducing rainbows/arcs that will distract from the image you're trying to create. 2) I'm not convinced that tree's died back as far as it's going to. Make sure its growing healthy before you start making plans on...
  10. bwaynef

    Anyone Ever Root Graft Amur Maple?

    Are you planning to scion graft roots into place? Approach? Thread?
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    My “nearly dead” JBP is recovering!

    How are you going to protect it?
  12. bwaynef

    What 3 Tools Do You Use the Most & Why?

    Jin pliers, wire cutters (...and wire), and scissors.
  13. bwaynef

    Inverse Trunk Juniper

    Sorry I didn't get to respond to your other post on this yesterday. I was going to respond, then you said you were going to post this thread ...and I couldn't find it. The fix to this inverse taper issue (as the tree exits the ground) is to allow unrestrained growth of the top branch(es). In...
  14. bwaynef

    Shimpaku 9.15.21

    You've got all fall and winter to decide on the best front for this tree. Don't repot 'til spring.
  15. bwaynef

    2021 National Bonsai Exhibition - Sept 11-12

    It looks a bit more like whispering into the wind. Elegant and assured without being pompous.
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    WTF. Help me save this shimpaku juniper

    After the fact, I don't think there's much you can do. Prior, treat prophylactically w/ fungicides. This looks like tip blight/phomopsis. The bad news: it looks like this. The good: it usually recovers fine. I had it a couple years ago and sprayed with macozeb after removing all the dead...
  17. bwaynef

    crape myrtle wilting

    My crape myrtle is the biggest drama queen when it comes to water. Maybe not the thirstiest of my trees, but the one most likely to swoon if it goes a bit long between waterings. When I'm watering my trees and its being dramatic, if I water it first, before I'm finished watering all my trees...
  18. bwaynef

    Nebari development question

    That's common practice on young material, particularly in the nebari development phase. Similar to what we do above the ground when an area gets too strong, roots that are too strong can be pruned more severely than others. Also, upon collection, BC are often treated as glorified cuttings so...
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    bwaynef's brimming-backyard barrage of burgeoning bonsai

    Its on the cabinet above where I make my coffee each morning.
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    bwaynef's brimming-backyard barrage of burgeoning bonsai

    I couldn’t make it to Rochester so I figured I’d do something bonsai-related. Unwiring is way less fun than wiring.
  21. bwaynef

    Normal growth or pathogen?

    I've got a trident maple w/ mistletoe in it. It looks nothing like what I see in this picture. I don't have a ton of experience w/ RMJ, but this looks like juvenile foliage on a tree that's experienced a bit of stress.
  22. bwaynef

    Failed Air Layers- Help

    On July 11 I addressed two failed airlayers (started 5 weeks earlier) by scraping away the bridged callus material, cleaning things up with peroxide, adding hormone again, and packed it back with sphagnum. I also added foil around the plastic wrap to keep light out in hopes that was part of...
  23. bwaynef

    Apprenticeships in Japan?

    I know Boon took a pretty young apprentice, Kaya, who wasn't far out of high school. I'd imagine that'd be the age-floor for most as a full-on, live-in apprentice. I don't see why you couldn't attend an intensive at a younger age though. There's nothing formalized and it would all need to be...
  24. bwaynef

    Nursery Shimpaku Progression

    Infuse GRANULAR is Clearys3336/Thiophanate Methyl/Thiomyl (which treats for Kabatina also, which is sometimes confused for phomopsis) . Infuse LIQUID is Propiconazole. Others: bacillus-amyloliquefaciens.txt: Phomopsis captan.txt: Phomopsis Cane And Leaf Spot clearys3336.txt: Phomopsis (Twig...
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