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I got my first tree! 1 month 1 week ago #73089

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...For my trees (not crassulas) in training I just use leaf compost mixed up with bark mulch. Thats quite budget friendly.


Oh yes! I have a big Jabuticaba Tree that produces a lot of leafs and fruits compost, I use that too, but mixed... :D

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I got my first tree! 1 month 1 week ago #73090

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I actually have 20, 5 gallons bags of road traction sand in a shed for my driveway in winter, but was unsure if this was good for bonsai. it is pretty course already. I also have just gravel from a local pebble beach I could potentially use.

Thank you for this helpful info ( :

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...For my trees (not crassulas) in training I just use leaf compost mixed up with bark mulch. Thats quite budget friendly.


Oh yes! I have a big Jabuticaba Tree that produces a lot of leafs and fruits compost, I use that too, but mixed... :D


That is actually a perfect option for me, I have years worth of rotting apple compost, and many rotting trees with old bark falling off.

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WOW! I just searched for Jabuticaba Trees and all I can say is wow, that is such an exotic looking species! You are lucky to have one locally!
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Yes, I agree, they are wonderfull, they are native from here, and it's widely used for bonsai here...

But they are kind of tricky, they are almost impossible to root from cuttings, really really hard to root from air-layering, and it's not easy to find seedlings underneath them as seeds tend to rot before germinate.. They take about 10 years to fructify (if not grafted or hybrid variety)...
Leaving the bonsai artists with the only option of growing it from seed (or being persistant on air-layering tru a whole year or two...
That makes them quite expansive btw...

This one I'm talking is more than 45 years old, planted by my grandpa, have a lot of memories on that, and a few seedlings hahahah. But many people have them on their yard, there's about a dozen just on my block...

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Yes, I agree, they are wonderfull, they are native from here, and it's widely used for bonsai here...

But they are kind of tricky, they are almost impossible to root from cuttings, really really hard to root from air-layering, and it's not easy to find seedlings underneath them as seeds tend to rot before germinate.. They take about 10 years to fructify (if not grafted or hybrid variety)...
Leaving the bonsai artists with the only option of growing it from seed (or being persistant on air-layering tru a whole year or two...
That makes them quite expansive btw...

This one I'm talking is more than 45 years old, planted by my grandpa, have a lot of memories on that, and a few seedlings hahahah. But many people have them on their yard, there's about a dozen just on my block...


Wow that is one special tree! and quite rare by the sounds of it! to bad it probably would not grow in my zone. I just can't get over how cool the tree looks. I also cant get over how hard it would be to climb without staining everything you are wearing ( : you must enjoy the fruit too, wiki shows all kinds of recipes for jams and such. Do you live in Brazil? it is native to Brazil, but probably has been spread all over the tropics.

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Yes, I agree, they are wonderfull, they are native from here, and it's widely used for bonsai here...

But they are kind of tricky, they are almost impossible to root from cuttings, really really hard to root from air-layering, and it's not easy to find seedlings underneath them as seeds tend to rot before germinate.. They take about 10 years to fructify (if not grafted or hybrid variety)...
Leaving the bonsai artists with the only option of growing it from seed (or being persistant on air-layering tru a whole year or two...
That makes them quite expansive btw...

This one I'm talking is more than 45 years old, planted by my grandpa, have a lot of memories on that, and a few seedlings hahahah. But many people have them on their yard, there's about a dozen just on my block...


Wow that is one special tree! and quite rare by the sounds of it! to bad it probably would not grow in my zone. I just can't get over how cool the tree looks. I also cant get over how hard it would be to climb without staining everything you are wearing ( : you must enjoy the fruit too, wiki shows all kinds of recipes for jams and such. Do you live in Brazil? it is native to Brazil, but probably has been spread all over the tropics.

(sorry guys, just noticed I clicked the submit button twice, does anyone know if there is a way to delete a post?)

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I don't think you can delete, but shouldn't be a problem...

I know people grow them on Europe and by the Southern USA, Leatherback has one I think, and Ivan Mann, but it may be a challenge there...

The fruit is really tasty, and they don't stain like Mulberry btw, they are white inside. :)
You can't find the fruit for sale, it rot really fast, that's why people make jam, or just buy the tree, they produce once or twice a year (maybe more if hybrid)...

Yes, I live in Brazil, By the southern states (colder regions)...
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Yeah, growing one in Germany. I have a bunch of cuttings. Waiting for over a year now to root. So yeah, hard species to propagate. But if you can get your hands on some fruits: They germinate readily. Mine is outside till first frost.
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Yeah, growing one in Germany. I have a bunch of cuttings. Waiting for over a year now to root. So yeah, hard species to propagate. But if you can get your hands on some fruits: They germinate readily. Mine is outside till first frost.


After first frost you bring it inside?

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