My little raintree

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This Brazilian raintree is app. 12 years old.I "found" it among other treematerial.It did not look too healthy and thus landed in my care.I planted it into pure rocks as I had just started bonsai and all the articles about soil were confusing to me.
Two years ago I eventually styled it as a flat top with an extending flat first branch and transplanted it into "good" bonsai soil.
The bark has started to exfoliate app.1 year ago.The tree will do that every 3 months or so.
Also,the trunk is showing signs of "flattening",something that is a characteristic of more mature trees.

-dorothy
 

irene_b

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Now that one is a sweetie!
How tall is it?
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It is little less than 9 inches high.:D
..and it has a big brother.
Let me prep some pics and post them.
It is interesting since this little guy and his brother were both cuttings,both app.12 years old,one grown in the ground and the other grown in a container.

-dorothy
 

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I like it Dorothy, it looks very tree like. The difference in leaf colors really sets it off.
Could you share with us what is good soil in south Florida.
Thanks for sharing.
 

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Here are both.The bigger raintree is in a "training" pot,thus the large size.

Here in South Florida I work with ceramic "training" pots because of stability and because of the heat.When it gets very hot I am able to cool down the containers faster than if I had to deal with mica or plastic pots.

-dorothy
 

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Both are beauties Dorothy.I like the smaller one much better though.As far as the size of the pot for the larger.....how much smaller would you go?The one it is in does not seem too big to me.

I too,am left wondering what were the "rocks" you originally planted the smaller one in and what is "good soil".

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I like it Dorothy, it looks very tree like. The difference in leaf colors really sets it off.
Could you share with us what is good soil in south Florida.
Thanks for sharing.
Jay,

it really depends on the tree.Ernie and I are using different soils depending on the species,the size,the age,wheather collected or not and the stage the tree is in regarding maturity.

Ernie has always used 1/8 to 3/16 rocks,lavarock and fir bark.(2-2-1)
I have used the same mix until I studied with Boon.

I am using now Boon's soilmix which is pummice,akadama,lava rock,a little grit and charcoal.I vary with the proportion of the components though.
Seems to work very good down here.

The monastery is now offering Boon's mix and you can purchase it premixed.

-dorothy
 

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Here are both.The bigger raintree is in a "training" pot,thus the large size.

Here in South Florida I work with ceramic "training" pots because of stability and because of the heat.When it gets very hot I am able to cool down the containers faster than if I had to deal with mica or plastic pots.

-dorothy



Dang I like them both!!!!!!
I like to overpot because of the heat as well!
Mom
 
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