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just.wing.it

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#61
You remember this tree? I dug it in 2005 and posted it on BonsaiTALK. It got killed by a person helping me in the backyard. I was repotting cause I needed help lifting it. It weighed a ton, like 200 pounds. I had been cleaning windows and I had a spray bottle filled with ammonia and vinegar. I had to go to the bathroom and I asked him to spray it down to keep the roots moist. guess which bottle he used. When I came out I saw what had been done and we tried to wash the thing but I think the ammonia just killed stuff on contact. I potted it and hoped for the best and it was brown in about four days. This was a common myrtle and I took the stump as a cutting. No roots at all and it grew so hard it was crazy. never get ammonia around your roots it will kill a tree fast.

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Wow!
....Head in hands....

That's horrible Al!
And that line about the servers was hilarious!
 

Smoke

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#63
This is in 2008 when I cut off the hideous roots from the tree. I had begun tying in my trees in shallow pots with no soil under them in 2007 as an experiment to using a saucer in a growbox. I like what it produced and have been using that method ever since. Another Keppler First with the use of humic acid at this time.
 

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#64
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Repot into new pot in 2017
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Happy times here in this shot. My wife was still doing well and my tree looked great. In 14 days I would have the Keppler Kalimity and the sprinklers would shut down and nearly kill the whole collection.
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Smoke

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#65
2018

Needs a haircut. OK everyone. This tree is hardened off. Do I get a pass now?

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Trimmed. the big scar near the base used to be the soil line. Interesting how much the trunk has grown in a container.
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And some spread and flare
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One of the healed roots and the large one is still closing. couple more years should do it. About 1/4 inch a year.
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#66
That is a beautiful tree. Very impressive with and without leaves. That knot hole is great.
 

Smoke

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#68
I have a couple more trees but I am getting ready to go to my girlfriends house for the weekend. Will post them next week.
 

Smoke

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#69
One other thing before I unroll the magic carpet.... This tree will get a massive prune back in the fall. It is way too large for the pot and the canopy is becoming odd shaped. I like the shape its just out of proportion for the whole look.

It will be interesting how I do it.
 
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#70
Thanks!
My wife won't be very excited though, that we share that date...
"Are you on that stupid tree forum again!?"
Thanks!
My wife won't be very excited though, that we share that date...
"Are you on that stupid tree forum again!?"
Ask her; which do you prefer, stupid trees or naked girls?
 

Brian Van Fleet

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#76
This was the first photo I posted here, almost 10 years ago now. A corkbark Black Pine from @Don Blackmond when I only knew him as dyedb on eBay, along with a more current shot.
It has actually matured a little, but I don’t think I’ve improved it much.
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#80
I joined in March 2008 and just barely hit 500 posts. So I'm not one of the heavy hitters here but I've been around a long time. I've seen quite a few people come and go.

I've attended a total of one Bonsai class, visited two bonsai gardens(Ben's House of Bonsai in SLC around 2003/ 2004 and Elendan Gardens about 2010) maybe 4 club meetings, zero shows in my lifetime so pretty much my entire bonsai education has come from online forums and a few library books over the years. I was on bonsaiTALK a little before coming here but I'd say if you count by the number of hours spent, its at least 99.85% Bonsainut, woo hoo! I'm a major lurker.. My wife feels like I spend more time here than with her! (Shhh... it's probably true..;)..)

I'd like to thank everyone who has contributed and continues to add to the immeasurable wealth of knowledge on this site. Thank you @bonsainut for starting it all, keeping it going, improving, upgrading, fixing, maintaining, everything.
 

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