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  1. Anthony

    Temperate -> Sub-Tropical -> Tropical

    So, here is how it is ........... Planted 30 J,B,pine seed -------- 25 survive -------- 10 or so grow rapidly. First set 30 + years down the road no problems zone 7 to zone 10 to zone 13b Planted 40 Mikawa -------- 10 survive ----------- still growing well 3 + years. zone 4 to zone 9 to zone...
  2. Anthony

    How the tests go

    @Ingvill , every tie we get something new we have to test. First is HEAlTH. Later comes Design. So to help you not become depressed as you learn. This is a Clerodendron [ or Clerodendrum ? } From our sister isle - Barbados, where it grows wild. From a cutting. Soil is silica based gravel /...
  3. Anthony

    Shrub, name unknown

    @Johnathan , @my nellie , @Clicio , Thought this might amuse you three. A shrub, not yet identified. Found as stump, by the side of the road. Very leaf dense and only a year or so of training. Fruit and flowers. Waiting to see if the fruit changes colour. With more training to see how branch...
  4. Anthony

    J.B.Pine contest folk - Important - Read this Please

    Bonsai Today no. 4 page - 66 the information that ties in with the cutting of the seedling, Visually explains how you use the lowest branch extensions to create thick rootage. Also shows the top branch thickening the trunk. Bonsai Today no. 20 page 49 point 9 [ top of page ] Explains how...
  5. Anthony

    A few images

    For @sorce , @my nellie , and @Lorax7 , and @M. Frary [ though this may not be flammable ] I asked K for permission to show. Lorax, I do not paint, I invent, my brother-in-law designs the Bonsai, I just water and weed as the others with tell you. Most of the Atelier painters took their work...
  6. Anthony

    Caution - long read and might make some angry

    http://artofbonsai.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3088 Read this a while ago. Thought I might share, Been looking to see if any Tropical Bonsai Forums - had been reborn. Good Day Anthony
  7. Anthony

    Seeds , Cuttings and Cultivars

    Well went looking at Mr. Valavannis's log last night, Ran into two situations. [1] A cultivar of the Trident maple with leaves apparently the size of a finger nail. Large Bonsai and thousands / millions of leaves. Imagine, no having to defoliate, naturally small and abundant. This is the...
  8. Anthony

    Testing an idea ------- saucers as pots - or how shallow can you go

    My brother-in -law, just left this on another forum. Wanted to share. We can get UV resistant plant saucers up to 2 feet wide and 3 inches deep. So the experiment - place seedling in centre and see how it responds root wise. Also roughly the equal of a 16 x 5 inch pot as a 24 x 3 inch saucer...
  9. Anthony

    What to do with this ?

    Another accidental from seed. You gotta love the variables with seeds. The tree is about 6 inches tall. Maybe 4 or 5 years old ? Has a good few branches and roots are rising slowly. Soil is our basic 7 parts 5 mm inorganic to 3 parts organic. Earthenware pot - porous. Placement - full sun I...
  10. Anthony

    It's a Hobby part 2

    Okay folks, please be honest , Is this a hobby or a profession ? A great many of the clashes here seem to be Hobbyist versus Professionals. So what level do you want to work at ? I will go first, Hobbyist. However, I was trained to do my best. So though I have the ears of Professionals [...
  11. Anthony

    Look woman / man, it's a hobby ...................

    It's a hobby, backyard and relaxation, You can go to the ceramic centre and learn to make pots. Be honest with yourself if you are anti-social and have no friends to help with lifting of trees, then size down to what you can handle. Make a simple soil that costs little. Grow from seed /...
  12. Anthony

    Something Inspiring and HAPPY ...........

    Knew the song, never saw the video. Wonder what Trinidad is like ................... Enjoy Anthony
  13. Anthony

    Pines progress

    @Gustavo Martins, As a thank you for the conversation you just left, visuals. This J.b,pine was grown as shown in the Bonsai Today article. These events did not take place. [1] Seedling was not cut. why - observation over 30 years showed surface roots occur naturally. The author also states...
  14. Anthony

    Clerodendron [ drum ?] all the tests are done, now for training

    Well gentle reader, you should know by now we go through stages of development with new trees / shrubs. First stage is Health, second stage is observing branch density, ability to trunk thicken, and so on, before training. Can you make it lush ? Here are the results - visually. [1] Soil mix...
  15. Anthony

    Ficus don't need no grow box.

    Here are examples of Ficus, that grew to their sizes in these bonsai pots. Soil is 9 parts 5 mm inorganic to 1 part aged compost. @Ingvill , Our problem is keeping the ficus trunk from over expanding, and I would like to think this happens world wide. Additionally I would show Sifu [ @Adair...
  16. Anthony

    Same type, but one weeps and the other doesn't ----- identify ?

    Both are close to 10 years old. The finer branching weeps. Amazing nature's variety. Both are Sub-Tropical . Hint - enough vit.c in 1/4 lb for a month. Enjoy. Anthony
  17. Anthony

    Composting Pine Needles

    Not liking to waste, pine needles, composting. Even with a few weeds added in, took over 3 years to compost. Now to test it. Images later. Good Day Anthony
  18. Anthony

    For Azbonsai - trimmed Texas Ebony

    @AZbonsai , soil mix is inorganic 50 / 50 - 5 mm silica based gravel. 5 mm crushed red earthenware brick organic is aged sifted compost 7 parts inorganic - 3 parts organic --------------- also likes to grow moss. Likes freely draining, but enjoys being watered. Full sun, fertiliser is 1/3...
  19. Anthony

    Spring Flush from the Fridge - Celtis l

    Okay, into fridge, vegetable crisper temperature, since the third week of January 2018 Out April 1st. about 2 months of winter. Mother plant since 1980, and the miracle root of another dead mother plant sometime in the early 90's. Repairing damage and refining branchlets. 2 applications of...
  20. Anthony

    Well that's it folks..............

    Coming up on 40 years, of growing trees. This morning sitting in front of the Indoor Oak, and realising that the leaves are in harmony with the design, the pinnacle had been reached and in a few months, it is down hill. So K decided that he is out of Bonsai. He has reached the above a good...
  21. Anthony

    Colanders ------ the dark and barfaceous side

    So we have lined out the growing zone for a few colanders. But now we are trying to match the colander size to the size of the container the plant was in. Saving time for growing in. Another experiment. Thus far 3 hardwood cuttings J.B.pine and 2 to come of the Chlorophora t. , the chlorophora...
  22. Anthony

    A letter to Sifu

    @Adair M , Well Sifu, as the J.B.pine information goes, Bonsai Today and what you have shared. We have to stop. We are experiencing something new, loss of small branches. Just a few, 3 but never had that happen before. So rather than lose anything, we have handed the research over to the...
  23. Anthony

    Head on the chopping block ----------J.B.pine - why cut the seedlings roots

    Okay folks I took the time to read through almost all of the J.B.pine entries. I going to offer this. The reason for cutting the roots of the J.B.pine seedling. Drawing on Bonsai Today 12 ------ growing pine seedlings into Bonsai efforts. Firstly, with 30 years of observation of J.b.pines...
  24. Anthony

    More experiments

    Hiya folks, So readings have the NPK for mature trees at around 6 to 8 N and 1 P 1 K, plus micro nutrients. Readings say a shortage of P is rare and can become toxic if too much is applied as fertiliser. Plus the trees here are mostly over 25 years going to 35 years. So now the soil mix is...
  25. Anthony

    A Sub-Tropical and deciduous by cold in China

    Just thought I would share an image of a Sageretia t. Tall and has a problem, back rotted out. Gonna try and see if it can be rebuilt. Good Day Anthony