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Old 04-09-2013, 11:49 PM   #16
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No this tree is just a potted sapling. I have to train it into a nicer shape, if it survives.
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Old 04-10-2013, 12:35 AM   #17
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if this works, i will be very VERY impressed. it never even occurred to me (and to most people i suspect) that aquaria and bonsai can be combined. you have a very innovative imagination, congrats.
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Old 04-10-2013, 01:35 AM   #18
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if this works, i will be very VERY impressed. it never even occurred to me (and to most people i suspect) that aquaria and bonsai can be combined. you have a very innovative imagination, congrats.
Thanks so much! I will keep working on it. I think that an aspect that will be as important as training the tree will be to make a whole tank setup and placement in the dwelling that will go along with the visual idea.

My buttonbush in a riparium planter has more new buds on it and lots of new roots in the planter. I should get another picture of it.

I will also have some swamp rose (Rosa palustris) plants coming in the mail. I hope that it will be possible to grow roses year-round inside(?). I have seen roses growing and blooming in hydroponics for several years straight. Bonsai-training roses and similar bushes is not the same as training trees. It looks like the trick is to instead select a plant with a nice trunk base, cut it way back, and then let a few branches re-grow with the natural branching pattern. There are some nice shots of bonsai roses in this thread at ibonsaiclub...

http://ibonsaiclub.forumotion.com/t1126-rose-bonsai



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Old 04-10-2013, 05:20 AM   #19
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Here's another plant I hope to get pretty soon. Arundinaria tecta "river cane" is a true bamboo native the the Southeast US that grows in river bottomland swamps. I have see some pretty nice bamboo bonsai and I hope this plant will work out.


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Here's a Wikimedia Commons (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ba...ai_Chengdu.jpg) photo of some kind of large-growing bamboo as bonsai. It is interesting that they got it to branch so much from the canes.

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Old 04-10-2013, 03:20 PM   #20
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always pushing the edges.
i like this. its people like you that allow the hobby to grow and expand.
Thank you for all your hard work!
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Old 04-10-2013, 11:57 PM   #21
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always pushing the edges.
i like this. its people like you that allow the hobby to grow and expand.
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Thanks so much! I will keep working on it.

I have some new pictures of the buttonbush that I'll process and try to post tonight. It is budding out and rooting really fast.
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Old 04-11-2013, 09:00 PM   #22
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Here is a quick update for the T. mucronatum that I have started from seed. The little plants are growing very fast right in the planter. I wonder what they will look like in six months(?).

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Old 04-12-2013, 05:32 PM   #23
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I see new white roots in the planter for the sapling Montezuma cypress. This is pretty exciting. The foliage still looks good as well. The leaves up near the light fixture have developed a reddish hue.
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Old 04-12-2013, 10:39 PM   #24
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I finally went over to pick up the glass and silicone for this tank.

I hope to get started building tonight.
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Old 04-14-2013, 01:46 AM   #25
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Sub'd this is awesome! Keep it up hydrophyte.
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Old 04-17-2013, 03:12 PM   #26
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Sub'd this is awesome! Keep it up hydrophyte.
I'll try to post more soon. I'm getting the new tank finished. It's taking a while waiting for the silicone to cure.
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Old 04-18-2013, 02:31 AM   #27
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Since this tree seems to be establishing fine I decided to just go ahead and wire it. I was getting tired of seeing its awkward shape.

Here it it wrapped with wire before I started to bend it. You can see that it is just straight and sticky.

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but now we need a pic of how you bent it.
and how long has it been in that planter? there is already a lot of root growth.
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I have always wondered if this would work! I dig it.
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Very interesting, tree in a planter .
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