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  1. bwaynef

    Oil use in summer

    I had a bout with Spider mites earlier this year and attacked them with Floramite. I'd prefer not to have to don a tyvec suit w/ the stuff I spray so I was pointed to Horticultural oil and Neem oil as possible treatments for spider mites. Lately we're unseasonably warm with temps 95-100ºF that...
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    Sprayer recommendations

    I have 2 1.5L handheld sprayers that I use for various things: 1 for pesticides, 1 for fungicides and occasionally fertilizer. I don't LOVE what I have so figured I'd poll the wisdom of the Nut for recommendations. Anybody have a sprayer that you love? Easy to use? Easy to clean? Easy to...
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    Weakened neagari Satsuki

    I have a neagari ‘Korin’ Satsuki azalea. When it came to me it’d already lost an upper branch. It lost another last year. Here it is this year and looks like another branch is gone. I’ve taken a bit of advice from Peter Warren and wrapped a rag around this branch and trying to keep it...
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    Show me your shade structures

    After languishing with results that weren't what I expected and changing/controlling/checking everything in my power, I finally came to the conclu$ion that my growing areas didn't get enough sun. I bit the bullet and called a tree $ervice and had them remove $everal tree$ in one area of my...
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    Bonsai Si-Diao book, vol.2

    If anyone has a copy of this book they'd like to get rid of, I'm interested.
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    International Bonsai Spring and Winter, 1980

    Does anyone have those two magazines that they’re willing to get rid of?
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    Bonsai Today 90, 91, & 92

    Does anyone have these three magazines? I'm trying to finish my set.
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    bwaynef's brimming-backyard barrage of burgeoning bonsai

    Is alliteration a bannable offense? Having a single place to share/update my work seemed like a good idea, so, late to the game, I figured I'd add to the brouhaha of bonsai backyards. My 1000th post seemed a fitting point to begin this thread. I'm in the midst of fall work at the moment...
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    American-made ceramics forms

    The pots that I'm drawn to, tend to be more traditional. I like straight lines that are precise and curves that are consistent. As a rule, Japanese potters seem to excel at this, when that is their aim at least. As much as I'd like to invest in the future of bonsai in *THIS* country, many of...
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    Kiyozuru shimpaku initial styling

    I recently had the opportunity to style this tree, coming from Chikugo-En a couple years ago. (This isn’t my tree.) I didn’t wire out every tip and it could really benefit from some backbudding to build out the structure. I’ve already received some input on the apex as well. “It looks better...
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    What would you say to someone asking about rooting cuttings from a pine

    Not seedling-cuttings. Cuttings. A man I’ve never known to lie to me called me around to a part of his yard and pointed with a knowing grin. “Take a look at these,” he said. I looked at a nearly empty flat with a few spindly maple volunteers, from the rubrum nearby, nestled alongside 5 young...
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    Building a trident

    Coming up with a name for these threads is always harder for me than it should be. Alas, I found a trunk that caught my eye. The lower portion was pretty impressive but the upper portion was going to have to be built from scratch. It had everything in the right place though, so I chose this one...
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    Leaf curl on Azalea

    Has anyone experienced the leaves of azalea curling length-wise AND UPWARD? I've seen references to azalea leaf curl caused by a particular pathogen that has them hanging limp and curling downward. Full-disclosure, I've recently found some fungal issues on junipers not far from this azalea...
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    Learning Stewartia

    I’ve been admiring stewartia as batches of them pass thru my local bonsai establishment. The color and sheen of the bark, the texture and color of the buds, and the never-gets-TOO-big foliage, and the propensity for ramification are all pretty excellent reasons individually, but you get all this...
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    Shohin juniper reclamation

    I saw this tree for sale back in the fall. I'd seen similar quality trees for sale that I'd wanted but hesitated on pulling the trigger just long enough that by the time I decided to make them mine, ...they'd been sold. I didn't hesitate too long on this one and managed to bring it home. As...
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    Repotting

    I've recently started to approach bonsai more seriously, ...actually seeking (regular) instruction. Recently, after learning how to repot in person (instead of just watching videos/DVDs, reading about it, and looking at pictures), I decided I'd try to capture every step of the process. What...
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    Acer palmatum ‘Miners’

    I'll be working on this maple in the next couple of days. I've waited to do the work until I can also repot to avoid bleeding. I'm hopeful it will turn out pretty nice, in a mature spreading maple form. Right now it needs to be reined in a little first. The picture not taken square to one...
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    Itoigawa juniper initial styling

    Here’s how I’ve spent my free time over the past week or two. This was mostly about setting branches at the right angle and getting foliage laid out for efficiency and backbudding. I’m hopeful to see this one get into a pot that it deserves come spring.
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    When is it acceptable/preferred to cross wires

    (I posted this in Advanced Topics, mostly so I could put this warning in here: I'm not asking for permission to be sloppy.) I enjoy wiring. In the past I haven't done as much of it as I should, but I'm trying to do the work at the right time on the trees I have that are ready for the work...
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    CIA Bonsai

    Here's an interesting story: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/the-case-of-the-cias-bonsai-being-the-true-story-of-a-big-gift-of-a-little-tree/2019/10/01/24e536c0-e461-11e9-a6e8-8759c5c7f608_story.html
  21. bwaynef

    Chemical to organic fertilizer regimen---> Timeframe for satisfactory growth?

    This post is for anyone who's switched from "chemical"* fertilizer to organic: I've read/seen/been taught enough to believe that my trees would benefit from organic fertilizer. (Which is best isn't really for discussion on this post, ...please and thank you.) I was wondering for anyone...
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    Hedge Maple: Tips, tricks, and general wisdom.

    Last spring I took possession of a nice Hedge Maple with some ...heritage. (Awesome nebari, thick trunk, hollow...) When I brought it home, it was before it had leafed out, and it (and several of those that made the trip with it) appeared healthy but would soon show signs of stress. I...
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    Shohin J. Maple

    Here's another tree that thru no fault of my own found its way to my backyard. It suffered a bit of dieback last winter or early spring so was mostly left to get healthy last year. I believe it was also slip-potted into this pot after its original fell and cracked. This pot's slightly larger and...
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    Pretty raw Trident

    Through no fault of my own, this tree found its way into my yard last year and I tended it minimally. I'm probably going to cut some things back hard but the first order or business is getting it repotted.
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    Japanese Maple cutback in winter

    I've got a small JMaple. I'm not thrilled with where it is and want to improve. Anybody care to advise? What do you think?
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