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Old 08-13-2013, 04:35 AM   #556
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Here's the 15+ year old Flowering Fukien Tea Bonsai





Here's my 19 year old Adenium obesum with a huge 17" circumference caudex that just finished flowering about a weeks ago



Here's the ol' Bougainvillea. She's mostly for foliage since she doesn't really get enough light indoors without grow lights to flower. though she will every few years throw a flower or two here and there.





Nothing to see here except an ordinary variegated pothos growing hydroponically on an aqueon hob filter for a 20g. She started off as a single leaf unrooted cutting 11 months ago, now's just a tad over 4 feet long with her longest trailer.



Here's the newest addition to the family. She's still suffering from shipping stress but should be fully recovered in a few weeks. Fully fragrant with the smell of peach blossoms persisting among hundreds of beautiful flowers, I present to thee my mother Hoya Lacunosa var. 'red leaf'. It is a perfectly suited succulent vine for growing in the average low-light household enviornment indoors, no more difficult to grow than pothos, yet even better, it flowers in these poor conditions. Tolerant of a wide variety of conditions and very hardy, unfortunately they tend to be quite rare and expensive for a nice sized flowering plant. Usually you have to order online, I suggest no ebay links allowed



Note the reddness of the leaves here. Unfortunately it is unlikely they will turn red in low-light. Like most aquatics, they require more light to turn widespread red.


As you can see in this picture here, very easy plant to grow from cuttings. Often times, on a mature plant the longest vine stalks will already have aerial roots growing, just snip off a nice juicy stem with a clean cut and plop it in a vial of water or pot of soil with rotting hormone. It should be back to growing in a week. I fact, I am going to take a few cuttings for my hob filters, let's see if they take off. This will be my new experiment.


Let's not forget the flowers




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Old 08-13-2013, 04:54 AM   #557
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^^^ Nice collection.

Here is the picture. Is this happening to anyone else?
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Old 08-16-2013, 08:27 PM   #558
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Up here yes, haha.

Beautiful trees people!
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Old 08-19-2013, 12:10 AM   #559
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^^^ Nice collection.

Here is the picture. Is this happening to anyone else?
Nope, mine suffered a bit during my out-of-country travels this summer, some trident leaves got dried out but not too bad. All still looking good though.
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Old 08-29-2013, 05:38 PM   #560
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Default some of my trees

These are some of my favorites. Sorry for the terrible pics have not invested in a camera so just iphone...
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Old 09-02-2013, 05:51 PM   #561
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So I've been following this thread for a while now, and I've decided to start a few apple trees from seeds and attempt a cutting of some kind of juniper species to try my first bonsai, and I'm wondering if you experts can give me any advice.

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Old 09-03-2013, 02:18 AM   #562
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I just performed my second ever trimming of my fukien tea tree. It's been doing really well and it recently decided to flower, I have about 15-20 flowers developing in little bundles or 3-5 that will hopefully open soon. The first trimming was really just getting my feet wet and I only trimmed like a tiny 5 leaf branch. This time I removed about 10% of the foliage. The number one most important thing when trimming I am learning is you must make CLEAN cuts! Go straight through the the branch, you want the tree to be able to close the wound easily. If you make a terrible rough cut the wound could never fully close and the tree could get an infection at any time from bugs, moulds, fungi, and it could even die from that. I am always careful not to go trim-happy. That's a very common often fatal mistake people make. You never want to remove more than 75% of the foliage and preferably less than 25%, spread it out over a few days if you can. When I trimmed this time I had a goal in mind of asymmetry. Both the left and right sides of the tree should be very similarly shaped. You don't want a chaotic looking tree with branches everywhere where you don't know where your supposed to look. I liked the triangle look with my tree so I kept that in mind when trimming. Triangle look, like the shape of a christmas tree, the top of the tree is centered, small, and pointed, and lower you go it progressively goes more outward.

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Old 09-07-2013, 01:06 AM   #563
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I just purchased a second bonsai! No specifics until later.

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Old 09-07-2013, 06:10 AM   #564
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Yay! A Bald Cypress!

I have a pre bonsai BC I've not potted yet, waiting till winter.

I got a nice Black pine that was yellowing and sun burnt from another club member in our local group. I repotted and used a nice deeper pot and water daily, it's greened up and is coming back nicely. Next year I'll remove the chop stick and then lower it back down to the correct angle. After the stress that was already started, the tree would not have done very well, so I will wait a year, then readjust it. It's a very nice tree otherwise.

But if you cannot care for it, take it back and give to someone who can.

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Oh dear god I think I've got the Bonsai bug....

I can't stop browsing Ebay buying plants I've just purchased 2 more expensive bonsai I've got another one on bid, I'm negotiating with 2 different sellers on prices Mom and Dad want one for the patio and the kitchen I have 2 local nurseries on speed-dial and the owners both refer to me by my first name my ebay watched items list is now showing over 300 wanted items my bedroom is so humid and full of plantlife and fish that my parents both refer to it as the tropical jungle I can't sleep anymore because the humidity in the bedroom is unbearable but somehow I'm more than fine with living this way since it makes my babies happy my ludwigia, bacopa, aponogeton, and anubias are all flowering my hoya is blooming and growing like a wild animal the scent is intoxicating and fills the whole room my african gardenia is blooming now love the scent...........

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Old 09-08-2013, 05:27 AM   #566
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Always talk to local people about growing conditions, shade cloth etc.
JOIN a local club, you will learn 100X faster.

More so than the aquatic plant thing, which is saying a lot.
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Old 09-08-2013, 11:00 PM   #567
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ok now that the first tree is written in stone I am revealing the identity.

The first Bonsai is a 28 year old Ming Aralia Tropical. It's 16" tall, informal upright with lot's of aerial roots, variegated lace leaf. It's now shipped for arrival this Wednesday.

Stay tuned for updates on the others.

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Interesting...sitting here in my bonsai garden reading TPT
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Old 09-09-2013, 12:42 AM   #569
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I've really been thinking about getting a red maple bonsai. They're so beautiful.
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Old 09-09-2013, 07:02 PM   #570
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Interesting...sitting here in my bonsai garden reading TPT
You can't just post a teaser shot like this. MORE PHOTOS! .......please.
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