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14TB

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"Bonsai question." 10:15pm Monday 11th Mar


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I have been mixing Levington Cactus & Bonsai Compost, with coco coir over a thin layer of fine gravel for drainage .Is that suitable for bonsai to thrive?


Tony


RoyH

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"RE: Bonsai question." 8:21am Tuesday 12th Mar


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Hi Tony, im sure it will be ok, whats bonsai shouldn't be planted in is soil / peat based compost as it retains too much moisture & soon clogs up = no drainage.


if you forget your history, you will repeat your mistakes, RoyH


14TB

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"Bonsai picture" 5:26pm Tuesday 12th Mar


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Thanks Roy.

A picture of some of my bonsai, lots to learn .





Tony


RoyH

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"RE: Bonsai picture" 5:44pm Tuesday 12th Mar


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Hi Tony, the 2nd tree from the right side would benefit from removing all those surface weeds as they will stop any nourishment getting to the tree.


if you forget your history, you will repeat your mistakes, RoyH


14TB

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"RE: Bonsai picture" 9:24pm Tuesday 12th Mar


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Thanks Roy for your comments.
I know they shouldn't be there.But I have been letting them develop a little before removing. I have been planting a lot of seeds and thought that I had spilt some by mistake. You are probably right weeds .Its a hydrangea and seems to be doing very well quite early, wouldn't want to hinder that, will remove tomorrow.


I will keep asking silly questions.



Tony


RoyH

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"RE: Bonsai picture" 7:38am Wednesday 13th Mar


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no such thing as a silly question Tony, however you can get silly answers


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14TB

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"Bonsai present" 3:57pm Wednesday 13th Mar


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Done my weeding Roy.

Strangely all my married life Lorraine has been in charge of gardening, she has weeded or instructed gardener(back in the day when we had one) where to weed. Lol she flatly refuses to work on the bonsai.

A friend heard that I had taken an interest in bonsai and bought me this present.


Hope I live long enough to see them grow to the size of the image on the pack, and that I have the skill to shape them so.


Tony


RoyH

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"RE: Bonsai present" 5:24pm Wednesday 13th Mar | message edited once


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well your present was bought with good intent but in the real world you are looking at 30 to 40 years before the seeds in that package become anything like the pictures.

if you want a mature looking tree, the best way is to go to a bonsai garden centre & buy one. the other way it to buy whats called raw material & learn how to develop it yourself, its all about how far you want to take the hobby

ps i have 40 trees 13 of which were bought from bonsai dealers & the rest were rescued from peoples garden make overs & skips.


if you forget your history, you will repeat your mistakes, RoyH


14TB

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"RE: Bonsai present" 12:16am Thursday 14th Mar


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I like that Roy a tribute to your skill and true Yorkshire grit.

" the rest were rescued from peoples garden make overs & skips. "
I have an eye on a tree on a relatives farm that I think will make a nice subject when I know what I am doing(will take my spade).

Sadly am not very likely to have 30 years left, but I have planted them anyway.

Am playing at this bonsai business after 30/40 years of seeing people make it look easy at koi club meetings(it is not easy).

I haven't mastered koi in 30/40 years so not likely to master bonsai, but hopefully I will leave a tree for someone with interest.


Tony


RoyH

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"RE: Bonsai present" 8:24am Thursday 14th Mar


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if you do see a tree you wish to remove from the ground, now until the end of march is the last opportunity for this year, unless the tree is going to be wasted then its a case of rescuing it. the best time to harvest trees is feb / march but as i have mentioned some times you have no choice.


if you forget your history, you will repeat your mistakes, RoyH


14TB

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"RE: Bonsai present" 8:34pm Thursday 14th Mar


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Thanks Roy ,if I cannot get it out before the month end will leave it till next year.

Already has a nice shape from where its growing.


Tony


RoyH

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"RE: Bonsai present" 8:14am Friday 15th Mar


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the end of this month wouldnt be too late as long as its looked after when its been lifted


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