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  1. GGB

    shoot pruning for black pine!

    Sure, my reasoning was this… I had just purchased the pine which had moderate vigor and had clearly been drastically pruned the year before. So all of the new buds (or future branches) were set last year. Unfortunately this years buds were allowed to grow to a point where they were too long and...
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    Suddenly obsessed with JBP and now broke

    Alright alright, I just bought one single cmeg pine. Ideally I would've picked up another handful but , as advertised, I'm nearing a destitute level of poverty over here. That rounds me out to $440 spent on a species I didn't look at twice last month. I feel like I got a pretty good haul for...
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    Suddenly obsessed with JBP and now broke

    I’ve been on your eBay page twice this week. I’m wondering if it will round out my collection or be over kill… expect to mail me a package haha
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    Suddenly obsessed with JBP and now broke

    I have been interested in bonsai for years, and in the beginning it was specifically pine trees. But Japanese black pine seemed common, complicated and it wound up being one of very few species that I had trouble keeping alive and healthy. So I focused on other pines. Since then I've shifted...
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    "Young Japanese Black Pine Development" by Brent from bonsaisite forum

    wow had to zoom in even on my 2' computer screen but great article, thank you for saving this for us.
  6. GGB

    Shohin Chinese Elm

    mine went away with its June defoliation. So far so good, new leaves are hardened off and lightly cut back
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    Chinese Elm looking droopy!

    fall color should be wayy nicer too
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    Chinese Elm looking droopy!

    I'm staring at a zelkova landscape tree as I type this and it's leaves are hard drooping. Might just be a heat thing/summer thing? all my seedlings are droopy and arching too
  9. GGB

    shoot pruning for black pine!

    The timing on me seeing this is very coincidental. I just preformed a "partial pruning on spring shoots" yesterday. I was having trouble finding information about any such technique online so I just went for it. Glad you have had good results in the past
  10. GGB

    Japanese maple with really short roots. Will it survive?

    To be completely honest, there are so few roots on that tree, I would personally treat it like a cutting. Again, I'd chop it down to somewhere between 6-9" and put it in a really small pot with high humidity. No need to secure it then. You didn't ask what I'd do to be fair. You asked us if we...
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    Japanese maple with really short roots. Will it survive?

    the new roots that emerge are extremely fragile and they get broken off when the tree suddenly moves. I always thought this was a minor detail that didn't need to be fussed over but I had a tree nearly die for this reason. In fact, I attribute my success rate when collecting to my obsession with...
  12. GGB

    Soil Temperatures 93-104?!?

    I do what RockM said above and it keeps the trees very happy. I only started doing it last summer, when temps are predicted to hit 90 or above, my trees look so much better since doing this. You could probably even do it at lower temps than 90 but it becomes a chore if your collection isn't tiny
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    Japanese maple with really short roots. Will it survive?

    If it were mine I would chop it way back, if only to prevent it from wiggling in the wind. It 100% won't survive if it's being knocked around. If not, you need to make sure it's super secure in the pot somehow
  14. GGB

    Aphids? How to get rid of them?

    I guess that's the cost of living in paradise. I can watch those little guys for hours, they're harmless here. But in my area if you are wounded and can't move the temperature could end you haha
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    Aphids? How to get rid of them?

    Ants are the coolest freaking thing, didn't know that part. But they are always impressing me.
  16. GGB

    Anyone used Pro’s Choice Select Sports Field Conditioner for soil mix

    I wouldn’t hesitate to use turface on smaller trees but I would definitely mix it with something else. I only have experience using it as part of a mixture and had no complaints. I don’t use it anymore because of the particle size/shape. I have heard from others that problems arise when it’s...
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    Variety or specialization?

    I want to specialize badly, but variety is so nice. Right now I know the most about maple and pine, so I’m trying my best to work within those 2 genus. I can get different fall colors with acer and have conifers to play with too
  18. GGB

    Just when you thought your yard trees were safe!

    Hope the motive wasn't bonsai....
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    Just when you thought your yard trees were safe!

    Took the words out of my mouth. Just get a job dude, you are already working third shift AND doing manual labor haha
  20. GGB

    Newly collected hackberry question

    also remember that in terms of general care, it's impossible to over water them. very flood tolerant.
  21. GGB

    Newly collected hackberry question

    I have only collected two but so far I've noticed that top growth will happen long before the roots start doing anything. Maybe that's how other collected stuff is too but I'm talking about having lignified branches and not a single white root. Maybe your heat mat changed that though. I don't...
  22. GGB

    Eastern Red Cedar no. 1

    Feed that thing heavily, mixed with a full sun diet it should be budding on the branches before fall
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    Tricolored elm bark

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    Tricolored elm bark

    In America one of their common names (besides chinese elm) is lace bark elm. Because they have such beautiful mottled bark. I think it's their greatest feature personally. They are gray when young and as they age the color begins to show as bark falls off
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    Shohin Chinese Elm

    I have also found copper to be useless, I don't use systemics but now I definitely won't bother. Lime sulfur was actually what I was thinking this year. Just frustrating because I have had some chinese elms give a really nice fall show but only without black spot which just makes my trees look...
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