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Old 05-22-2012, 11:04 PM   #136
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if you can get a shallower pot it would be beneficial!
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Old 05-23-2012, 12:58 AM   #137
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I can make one with my handy shear.
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Old 05-23-2012, 04:59 AM   #138
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What soils are you guys using? i'm seeing fired clay or lava rocks like our aquarium substrates. How are the trees getting nutrients, aquarium water?
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Old 05-23-2012, 05:13 AM   #139
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I can make one with my handy shear.
there ya go!

i think there is a thread about media mixes in some earlier posts here. i can find it for you if you need. im using super fine gravel, akadama, and fir bark. im talking pieces like this __ big. they get some nutrients from the fir bark, as it slowly decays. but not enough to rely on. i fertilize with a balanced or close to balanced fertilizer (20-20-20, or something similar) at 1/2 strength. some peopl use organic or seaweed fertilizer. and others use slow release pellets placed on top of the soil.
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Old 05-23-2012, 05:31 AM   #140
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I wonder if I use water from my high-fert tank if I'd need to fertilize...
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Old 05-23-2012, 05:55 AM   #141
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not sure. im thinking you'd probably not need to fertilize. that being said, i was told that orchids dont like the fertilizers in high-tech aquariums. not sure how bonsai feel about it though. just something to consider.
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Old 05-23-2012, 07:03 AM   #142
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From what I saw, feed heavily if you want a lot of growth but you don't need as much when the tree is older. If its dedicuous or evergreen, only feed from spring to fall. Tropical need to feed year round.

I don't see a problem with aquarium water except the fert salts can burn sensitive plants. I have Osmecote I'll put in the soil too.
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Okay, I'm going to start using aquarium water today or tomorrow. The ferts that will be in the water (in trace or smaller amounts I suppose) will be RootMedic OneStep... any foreseeable issues besides possible root burn if done in excess?
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Old 05-23-2012, 06:54 PM   #144
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I'm using my water change water, but only for a two week period. Then I switch to fresh water for two weeks. So far so good.
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Old 05-23-2012, 06:58 PM   #145
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This is a great thread! I used to ado a lot of outdoor bonsai when I lived in florida. Moving to utah has made my selection much slimmer and so I haven't spent much time in the bonsai scene.

This thread makes me want to get back in....
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Old 05-23-2012, 07:40 PM   #146
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Man. You guys are making me want to hit that bonsai farm down in Wimberly. >_>
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Old 05-23-2012, 09:19 PM   #147
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one thing i dotn like about using water with fertilizers, as opposed to slow-release pellets- i always spill and splash the top layer of my bonsai soil out of the pot when i dump it, i like using the 100-hole shower head for my hose.
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Old 05-23-2012, 09:26 PM   #148
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one thing i dotn like about using water with fertilizers, as opposed to slow-release pellets- i always spill and splash the top layer of my bonsai soil out of the pot when i dump it, i like using the 100-hole shower head for my hose.
I picked up a watering can from Walmart for a few $$$ and it works great. Even if I poor full blast, it doesn't really move the soil. Only when it starts to puddle I need to worry about this.
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Old 05-23-2012, 09:30 PM   #149
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good idea
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Old 05-26-2012, 04:33 PM   #150
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I ended up using black aluminum wire you find at the craft store. The solder was too soft although it's perfect for little delicate branches.

My first one so I'm not sure what I'm doing


Should I chop off the nob on top?
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