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Offline Michael

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My bonsai
« on: December 03, 2009, 22:06:25 PM »
I always look out for wild figs between the leaves of the palm trees, then I put their roots over a rock, tie down and plant in a bag. After a year or two I repot them into pots, then another year or two of training and they start to look like nice. Here's my best one so far:


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« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2009, 22:14:34 PM »
 :good: :clap: :love:
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« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2009, 05:08:30 AM »
Nice one Michael. Great minds think alike. I have a few of them myself. The oldest I started when I was in highschool.

One problem though...the quality of the bonsai in the far east has totally burst my bubble, and there are so many beauties for sale at decent prices, but as you know, will be very difficult to import with their soil.

Oh well...

To show that I'm not exaggerating, here are a few photos of Ficus trees from Taiwan. (Notice the size. That is one thing we must get our heads around. Our trees are too small on average. The common size should be around 70-80cm tall, and even bigger.)








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« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2009, 07:46:39 AM »
Thank you Clemens!
There goes my bubble too!
I'd bring one of those back on my lap and treasure it for the rest of my days.

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« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2009, 08:14:31 AM »
The first one is a absolute stunner Clemens! I watched a program this past weekend on the History or Discovery channel regarding these ficus trees and how they absolutely destroy temples of hundreds of years old in china or Taiwan (don't recall the exact locations). They start of with a seed falling in the cracks of the temples and then over time the roots grows all over the temple, almost like what Michael managed to do with his. It was a very interesting documentary.

By the way Michael, I love your effort as well. Ive also got to of those ficus trees (bonsai) in my offices that i bought from Woolworths and I can honestly say that they grow very easily and dont need as much care. In the past i treid my hand on bonsais but almost every time they died on me and these two ficus of mine was the first I really had success with.

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« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2009, 08:24:10 AM »
 ;D Sorry for the rude awakening Michael, but I had to share my experience!

What we can also do is plant trees in the ground, and then take them out once a year to prune the roots and the branches. They grow much faster this way. The wound scarring is extreme, but after a few years, the trees heal themselves, and you get a thich, sharply tapering trunk this way.

Willie, I know what you mean. They make a stunning show, it looks like the coils of giant snakes over these ruins. It is in Cambodia by the way. The following are at places called Siem Reap and Ta Prohm.

It is on my "wish to visit" list.





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Re: My bonsai
« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2009, 11:58:03 AM »
Thanks Clemens.
We enjoy sharing,what you have the oppertunity to experience in person.

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« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2009, 12:04:59 PM »
Clemens -

Thanks for sharing!  I never thought I'd call a ficus beautiful - but those bonsai sure are!

And if I'm not mistaken the little pot in the 4th photo is a cycas revoluta?  I've been meaning to do one for ages.
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« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2009, 12:21:30 PM »

Wow!! Thanks for sharing.  :good: :good: :good:

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Re: My bonsai
« Reply #9 on: December 04, 2009, 13:28:08 PM »
Yeah clemens, the documentary was about the same place the photos is you just posted. Was really interesting and I enjoyed the documentary a lot. It does look very nice the ficus growing in the stone but it damages the heritage a lot.

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« Reply #10 on: December 04, 2009, 16:32:48 PM »
Michael,
I'm impressed. Give it a few more years and it will look as good as those genuine Jap ones.  :clap: :clap: :clap:

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« Reply #11 on: December 05, 2009, 03:39:01 AM »
Those Bonsai are fantastic.  :clap:
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« Reply #12 on: December 05, 2009, 08:23:09 AM »

Good one Michael   :good:
Thanks for sharing Clemens :clap:
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Re: My bonsai
« Reply #13 on: December 05, 2009, 09:40:18 AM »
Glenn -

Nice to see you back on the forum :)
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« Reply #14 on: December 08, 2009, 07:35:06 AM »
Glenn -

Nice to see you back on the forum :)

If i can say one terrible swear word "Telkom" my internet at home was down for 5 weeks and I cant see any pictures on my work computer which makes visiting quite pointless ::)
Glenn