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Old 05-21-2012, 04:40 PM   #121
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^^^ Cool looking tree. Can't wait to see what you do with it.

My maple took a little hit this weekend. I was in SF for the weekend and thought it would be ok if I water it good before we left. When I got home it was looking pretty dry. After a few good drinks and a quick pruning it was looking better. What can be done in the future to prevent this? Move it inside?
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Old 05-21-2012, 04:52 PM   #122
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^^^ Cool looking tree. Can't wait to see what you do with it.

My maple took a little hit this weekend. I was in SF for the weekend and thought it would be ok if I water it good before we left. When I got home it was looking pretty dry. After a few good drinks and a quick pruning it was looking better. What can be done in the future to prevent this? Move it inside?
Give it shade?
It was probably the heat that did it. Didn't California have a heat wave?
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Old 05-21-2012, 04:54 PM   #123
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Nice. @Antbug, maybe put in an area that just gets a little sunlight for a few hours a day and is in shade the rest?

I'm contemplating an Arduino controlled moisture sensor for my Elm, because I know that without one my neighbor will kill it. I was hoping that my Anatomy and Physiology teacher would be able to care for it (he's got like 30 trees, most of which are older than me! lol) but he will also be out of town that week :/

Besides, what else do I have to do on a Monday afternoon, coughing and wheezing. lol.

Planning to have a simple, 2-LED device (one red, one green) and two calibration buttons. Or maybe one. If two, it'll be one for calibrating/setting the dry value and storing it to compare against, and then one for the saturated value. But come to think of it I think there'll just be one button. When the soil is dry, the red LED will light up, and when it's wet/sufficient, the green LED will light up. Then again, I may just use one LED to conserve battery life in this case.

But then I may have to take into account that the tree needs some period of time dry. So then I could compare to the dry value, and then set a timer when it is dry, then wait X amount of time to put the LED on, so that way it would have that period to dry out.

Any suggestions to add, if you've read this far? lol.
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Old 05-21-2012, 05:27 PM   #124
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Might as well do a water irrigation controller with the ardiuno. Set it so it hooks to your computer. From there so can set all sort of seasonal parameters.
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Old 05-21-2012, 05:31 PM   #125
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But then my PC is inside... brings it to a whole new level of complication.

This would just be a gateway into something much larger this Summer. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
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Old 05-21-2012, 05:52 PM   #126
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Awesome stock you got mister green! What's the solder wire made out of?
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Old 05-21-2012, 06:01 PM   #127
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This is solder flux.
http://www.jamestowndistributors.com...uct.do?pid=409
It's lead free these days but it tries to mimic the softness of lead. I believe it's zinc/tin with some chemical. I can reuse it once the tree is set.
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Old 05-21-2012, 08:05 PM   #128
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^^^Neat idea there.
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Old 05-21-2012, 10:32 PM   #129
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You know, I just realized -- I used to water my bonsais with aquarium water, and I don't know why I don't now. I think I was noticing better results then. I'll start tomorrow. From my high-tech, high-fert setup.
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Old 05-22-2012, 03:47 AM   #130
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I think I'll take advantage of what is naturally there. It slightly tilting and has a root sticking out. This should be fun. I have rolls of solder I can use to wire this. It's really easy to bend by hand.
That's going to be a good one, I would clean all the dirt from the root ball and see what exposed structure you can get over several large stones, just a thought.
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Old 05-22-2012, 04:04 AM   #131
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That's going to be a good one, I would clean all the dirt from the root ball and see what exposed structure you can get over several large stones, just a thought.
yeah, I was thinking the same and trim those extra roots too. I'll have to look around for a bonsai container. I don't know if home depot sells them or not; pottery barn?
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Old 05-22-2012, 06:10 AM   #132
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Any online pictorial in how to trim roots?

I need to do something about my ginseng ficus soon.
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Old 05-22-2012, 02:17 PM   #133
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you can find some great stuff on youtube.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ev0XuK8LKRw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kqx1Dr7CG4
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Old 05-22-2012, 06:03 PM   #134
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yeah, I was thinking the same and trim those extra roots too. I'll have to look around for a bonsai container. I don't know if home depot sells them or not; pottery barn?
i doubt either of those places would have them. a garden center might but it all depends. if i were you, i wouldnt go straight to a bonsai pot though, i would go with a training pot first for a year or two, to do the most of the training, then go into a bonsai pot after that
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i doubt either of those places would have them. a garden center might but it all depends. if i were you, i wouldnt go straight to a bonsai pot though, i would go with a training pot first for a year or two, to do the most of the training, then go into a bonsai pot after that
ok, a regular plastic pot it is.
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