TOPIC: raining

raining 1 year 8 months ago #25462

My penjings are all over this forum already so I won´t hijack this topic :D
You can check all of them on my blog anytime. Link is under my posts :)
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raining 1 year 8 months ago #25464

Krištof wrote: You can check all of them on my blog anytime. Link is under my posts :)


Checked. Love the trees on the rock, but I wouldn't dare doing it as our hot summers would most probably dry them in 2h time.
Cant wait to see what you will do with the pines.
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raining 1 year 8 months ago #25465

I got great plans and itchy fingers for those :D
Might work one of them this fall as collection in spring was basically cutting around the roots and lifting it from concrete panel.
It grew nicely since then and seems to be healthy :)
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raining 1 year 8 months ago #25470

Krištof wrote: I got great plans and itchy fingers for those :D
Might work one of them this fall as collection in spring was basically cutting around the roots and lifting it from concrete panel.
It grew nicely since then and seems to be healthy :)


If it grew I would also say it is feeling OK, but Graham Potter said don't touch a tree after transplanting it from nature for at least two years and since that man is a prophet to me, I'm following his advice. If I wait one more year won't kill the tree, If I kill it because I couldn't wait I wouldn't forgive myself. In this way I'm also proving to myself that I can wait.

PS: I killed a KOI in the past because the pond was overcrowded. My wife then told me: Do you know which KOI is the prettiest? The one thats still alive! Lesson learned.
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raining 1 year 8 months ago #25602

Beautiful work there Kristof. Would you mind telling me which season did you start the air layering? How much time did it take get new roots?
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raining 1 year 8 months ago #25639

Madartej - all the info is there :)
Winter - I wouldn´t touch it if it was digged out of the ground, but those were just lifted up from the concrete slabs with just cutting around the roots, and all the trees shown significant growth - where they grew, there were not enough soil, nutritients etc....
Example - pic taken yesterday:



Some of those have their roots in the cracks and are uncollectable, some are just on top with very little soil, eventually they would grow bigger and be rolled over by the wind, or just die from lack of nutritients like many around there.

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raining 1 year 8 months ago #25677

Regarding checking the moisture level, I have found that nestleing a small rock into the top layer of soil, (in a space in the moss if there is moss) helps me. Most rocks are a different color when wet. Lift the rock and if the underside is darker than the top, there is still moisture in the soil.

About moss, I do find that for particularly shallow pots, the moss helps retain moisture on those hot summer days. I'd have a hard time watering more than 2 times a day. My arm and watering can just aren't long enough to reach from work! :huh:

One more word about moss in general... I have always loved the stuff! So green and lush... Then I moved to Seattle where it is hated and battled like dandelions or crab grass. It takes over lawns, driveways, patios, you name it! Who knew that people actually made a living removing moss from roofs?!? I still love the stuff!

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Bonsai is not only a tree in a small pot. As an art form, it is a colaborative sculpture between two artists, each creating the masterpiece of a lifetime.

raining 1 year 8 months ago #25695

The rock or moss will always be damp underneath, that does not mean that the soil is not dry. lower down. One interesting way is to grow a "weed" in th pot, and when it starts to wilt it is time to water! I have done this accidentaly I might add, and it does work especially with species that like to be on th dry side like White Pines.
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raining 1 year 8 months ago #25696

I still believe that sticking the fingers inside is the best way to check if it is wet.
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raining 1 year 8 months ago #25701

Yes of course it is.
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