TOPIC: Do Crepe Myrtles Make Good Bonsai

Do Crepe Myrtles Make Good Bonsai 1 year 6 months ago #24601

bruleyii wrote: I rent a townhouse and cant really be planting a tree in the yard either


You mean you're keeping it indoors?
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Do Crepe Myrtles Make Good Bonsai 1 year 6 months ago #24604

bruleyii wrote: I was thinking that the pot it came in was a little small. I rent a townhouse and cant really be planting a tree in the yard either so I thought a bigger pot might be the right route. Should I just wait till spring?


If the tree is doing OK, I would just leave there until next year. Don't re-pot unless it is a real emergency. Also, next year if you go to a bigger pot, don't go too big. Just untangle the roots and repot on a bigger pot that will leave space for growth of the roots freely without being restrictive. But you also don't want to give too much space.

If the tree is indoors, that's not good, it should be outdoors or it won't make it.
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Do Crepe Myrtles Make Good Bonsai 1 year 6 months ago #24605

Auk wrote: You mean you're keeping it indoors?


No it's outside. Beings it grows around my area I figured I'd leave it outside.

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If the tree is doing OK, I would just leave there until next year. Don't re-pot unless it is a real emergency. Also, next year if you go to a bigger pot, don't go too big. Just untangle the roots and repot on a bigger pot that will leave space for growth of the roots freely without being restrictive. But you also don't want to give too much space.

If the tree is indoors, that's not good, it should be outdoors or it won't make it.


There are some yellowing leaves on it closer to the trunk. I don't know if that is an emergency or not. Why not do too big of a pot? Does it pool water and cause root rot?
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Do Crepe Myrtles Make Good Bonsai 1 year 6 months ago #24606

Lynette wrote:
Be sure to post a picture of it! I would love to see it!


Does this forum work with tapatalk or some other app? I have a picture on my phone but not too sure how to post it. In other forums I am part of they use tapatalk and it resizes everything for me.
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Do Crepe Myrtles Make Good Bonsai 1 year 6 months ago #24607

bruleyii wrote:

Auk wrote: You mean you're keeping it indoors?


No it's outside. Beings it grows around my area I figured I'd leave it outside.

eangola wrote:
If the tree is doing OK, I would just leave there until next year. Don't re-pot unless it is a real emergency. Also, next year if you go to a bigger pot, don't go too big. Just untangle the roots and repot on a bigger pot that will leave space for growth of the roots freely without being restrictive. But you also don't want to give too much space.

If the tree is indoors, that's not good, it should be outdoors or it won't make it.


There are some yellowing leaves on it closer to the trunk. I don't know if that is an emergency or not. Why not do too big of a pot? Does it pool water and cause root rot?


You should post a picture of the plant. Have you checked the root ball?. Having the tree on a container that's too big wouldn't be optimal, as the soil might stay too wet, even with good drainage. It is risky and unnecessary, as your tree won't fill the pot in years anyway before you have to check the root-ball. Yellowing of some leaves close to the trunk could mean anything, from not enough light getting there, to bad care. If you re-pot this time of the year, you could en up killing the plant, and it might not need to be re-potted.
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Do Crepe Myrtles Make Good Bonsai 1 year 6 months ago #24609

eangola wrote:
You should post a picture of the plant. Have you checked the root ball?


I'll tring from my phone today.

eangola wrote: If you re-pot this time of the year, you could en up killing the plant, and it might not need to be re-potted.


Good to know. I will leave it then. Dont want to kill it.
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Do Crepe Myrtles Make Good Bonsai 1 year 6 months ago #24610

I have the photo on my phone. I dont think I have an app on my iPhone to resize the image. I guess there will be no photos. Sorry. :(
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Do Crepe Myrtles Make Good Bonsai 1 year 6 months ago #24611

bruleyii wrote: I have the photo on my phone. I dont think I have an app on my iPhone to resize the image. I guess there will be no photos. Sorry. :(


Then get an app, resize it on your computer, or e-mail it to yourself.
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Do Crepe Myrtles Make Good Bonsai 1 year 6 months ago #24615

Auk wrote: Then get an app, resize it on your computer, or e-mail it to yourself.


Meh. Too much work. Most sites resize for you already. :silly:
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Do Crepe Myrtles Make Good Bonsai 1 year 6 months ago #24703

Regarding the size of the pot, this is a link to an article by Brent Watson that explains why over-potting (using a pot that is too big) will slow down the growth of the tree. He has some other excellent articles on the site as well about using the natural cycles of the trees to the best advantage for developing your bonsai.
www.evergreengardenworks.com/earthpot.htm
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