My mame thread

Discussion in 'Small bonsai (Mame & Shohin)' started by aml1014, Nov 27, 2016.

  1. aml1014

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    Hey everybody, I decided to start a thread to keep track of all of my mame.
    My teacher gave me 15 mame pots yesterday and I've been repotting most of my tropical mame into nicer pots.
    Here's the batch she gave me, some she made, some are from Japan when she went a long time ago, and some were gifts from old friends. 20161126_140257.jpg
    To start it off, here's my oldest mame, a Ficus Benjamina. It was not reported today as it got a root pruning about a month ago. 20161030_104019-1.jpg
    Here's a couple more that are recent cuttings that I potted up.
    The first is in a pot my teacher made. 20161126_151422.jpg
    The next is in a Japanese pot. 20161126_151435.jpg
    Next up is an arbequina olive, also in an old Japanese pot. 20161126_151408.jpg
    A cayenne pepper in a pot made by my teacher. 20161126_151448.jpg
    More to come

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    Here's a dwarf everbearing mulberry. 20161127_114012.jpg
    And another cayenne pepper, needs a haircut but is about to bloom. 20161127_115259.jpg
    There's more laying around, but I'll update as I work on them.

    Thanks for looking
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    Ooooh, I like the mulberry, and the pot.
     
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    Fun!!!!
     
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    I second that!
     
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    It's about impossible at this point to take a picture but there are blooms that should be berry's in about a month. :)

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    Potted a couple more this morning.
    The first is a ficus phillipinensis. 20161128_074001.jpg
    Next is a dwarf bougainvillea 20161128_073939.jpg
    Both were chopped hard and got a severe root pruning. But they'll be totally cool with it;)

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    Did another olive this morning. 20161201_083759.jpg
    Took off enough roots to consider it a cutting again lol we'll see how it does.

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    Why is there no one creating serious mame bonsai in the US? I rarely ever see a good mame, and if I do, its on a Japanese blog. Aaron is just playing around, but still making great starts- Imagine if more people really focused on them.

    That bougie has a bright future, I really like it.

    The only tree I have thats close to a mame is this WIP seiju elm. Trash phone pic & virt to give an idea of future.. I guesstimate its final height to be four inches from the pot, so I don't know if that qualifies as mame. Maybe just small shohin..
     

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    I wonder the same thing, it's rare to find a decent mame. I currently have dozens of maples I've grown from seed destined to be everything from 4 inches tall to 30 inches tall. I've been applying wire tourniquets to induce swelling this year, next year I'll layer them at the swell and chop to maybe 1-2 inches tall(depending on where the first node is). I'm really starting to enjoy the little suckers.

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    My father-in-law pulled this one out of some old lady's garden and gave it to me. The little trunk had some character and was already starting to lose the green color, so I just started training it as kind of a tiny literati maple. I may put it in a larger container and try to develop the canopy a little more next year.

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    This will be one of the candidates next year. It's about 1.5" at the thickest point of the swell (where I will ground layer next year) and about 2" to the first node. It's a silver maple by the way. 20161201_124305.jpg

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    I'm so stoked that you're working with silver maples. That's gonna be awesome.
     
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    This guy is about 5 inches so not really a mame, but I still like putting things in tiny pots:D 20161207_084937.jpg
     
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    I'm trying to get some good Mame's going... @JoeR
    Nothing worthy of a thread yet, but I'm working on 2 types of ilex crenata, a hinoki cypress, a mugo, a Chinese elm, a Ficus and p. Afra....all as future Mame size bonsai!
    I feel like I made some decent progress with all of them this past year...
    Can't wait to for the future!
     
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    In my case, it isn't through lack of interest, it's limited by my environment. I have to be very careful with shohin in the summer with our heat and dry winds. I don't think I could manage anything smaller. I have been considering a greenhouse for a while now, but it really isn't practical given my lot size. After seeing Al's setup this weekend, I am considering making a frame arbor with fixed shade cloth on three sides and a shade cloth curtain on the front that could be raised/lowered depending on weather.
     
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    My climate is very similar to yours in summer. Every day it is in the 90s-low 100s with humidity in the teens at night, and in the single digits by noon, with our UV index reglary at 12. My shohin and mame need to be under shade cloth all day with as much wind protection as I can offer them. My soil mix is sifted fines from my bonsai soil so it is quite retentive, but still needs watering 2-3 times per day in summer. For the mame, they go in a tray of potting soil buried to the rim of the pots, it seems to help tons, plus the roots grow into the tray and the tops grow very nicely for their tiny pots.
    Possibly you could try this technique and see how small of trees you can keep (without making yourself crazy hoping they are watered when your not home lol)

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    Not are if the ficus phillipinensis is gonna make it, pretty posses at the moment lol
    But I did start another pink pixie bougainvillea that was a cutting from the top of the other mame bougy I posted. 20161210_054909.jpg
    This bougainvillea has its own thread but it stands at 3inches tall so it is technically a mame. will be potted into a smaller container when blooming is finished. 20161209_085950-1.jpg
    Aaron
     
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    That bougie is sweet man!
    I love it and the pot!
    So cool!
    I think I'm liking smaller trees more and more everyday...
     
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    Mame is up to 6 inches tall. It means small beans as in eda-mame for soy beans. It is considered a palm sized tree. Shohin seem large compared to mame because of the large bracket (mame bracket) they are in. Mame is only two inches shorter than shohin but three inches taller than shito which is three inches or smaller down to keishi which are 1 inch tall.
    These are all under 5 inches tall.
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