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Shohin Ixora Update

Post  Rob Kempinski on Mon Aug 10, 2009 2:38 pm

This small Ixora is the "Norm Nelson" variety, named after the late Florida bonsai grower, Norm Nelson.
The pot is by California potter Dick Reyerson. The leaves are a bit large for a small tree but the reward is it makes an assortment of pretty red/orange flowers.



Interesting trunk on this little tree



This is what the tree looked like several years ago when I first got it from Ed Trout.


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Re: Shohin Ixora Update

Post  fiona on Mon Aug 10, 2009 2:59 pm

Nice transformation Rob. I'm guessing tropical evergreen - good for Florida but not so good for the ravages of a Scottish winter?

What size is it as the leaves look reasonably OK to me in terms of proportion? But then as it's not a species I know...

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Re: Shohin Ixora Update

Post  Rob Kempinski on Mon Aug 10, 2009 4:11 pm

fionnghal wrote:Nice transformation Rob. I'm guessing tropical evergreen - good for Florida but not so good for the ravages of a Scottish winter?

What size is it as the leaves look reasonably OK to me in terms of proportion? But then as it's not a species I know...
Fionna, yes its a tropical plant. Can't take much freezing. Some call it the "Tropical Azlaea," although some bougainvillea lovers also use that term. Cool Ixora, like azalea, like acidic soil and Miracid fertilizer.
This one is only about 9 inches tall.


An Ixora won one of the places in the JAL competition a few years ago. We don't see many Ixora bonsai in Florida but they are common in southeast Asia. There is a photo of one from the Philippines in my book.

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Re: Shohin Ixora Update

Post  peter krebs on Mon Aug 10, 2009 6:21 pm

Hi Rob,

perfect choice pot. It could not be better. Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

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Re: Shohin Ixora Update

Post  Rob Kempinski on Mon Aug 10, 2009 6:48 pm

peter krebs wrote:Hi Rob,

perfect choice pot. It could not be better. Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

regards
Peter

Thanks Peter. It is a nice pot. Dick is from California and does not appear to active on the Internet.

I know you like yellow pots. Here is one proving the adage "Never throw away an interesting branch if possible Make a cutting." I now have the beginning of a cascade Buttonwood in a very tall and narrow Chinese Yixing pot.



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Re: Shohin Ixora Update

Post  xuan le on Tue Aug 11, 2009 2:20 am

Nice tree Rob, but the lowest branch is way too big though.

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Re: Shohin Ixora Update

Post  sixhunter on Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:13 am

do ixora backbud well and can they take drastic chops, root pruning etc ?

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Re: Shohin Ixora Update

Post  Rob Kempinski on Tue Aug 11, 2009 1:21 pm

sixhunter wrote:do ixora backbud well and can they take drastic chops, root pruning etc ?

This variety buds back continuously. I believe most can but check with the local bonsai growers as there are not many Ixora bonsai in this area. I have not yet found a collectable one that I could do a chop on. While common in landscapes in Florida I am always eyeing old bushes but have not yet found a good trunk in a spot that was collectable.

There is a dwarf variety in local garden nurseries but the are always little spindly cuttings. The leaves and flowers would be ideal for bonsai though. Maybe someone else has tried them. If so, I'd like to see some photos.

Mrs. Sue Aziz in Indonesia has nice Ixora bonsai. She is called Madam Sokka (Sokka is Indonesain for Ixora).

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Re: Shohin Ixora Update

Post  Rob Kempinski on Tue Aug 11, 2009 2:37 pm

xuan le wrote:Nice tree Rob, but the lowest branch is way too big though.

Xuan

Maybe so Xuan but think if it as a really old tree where that branch has been growing for centuries!

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Re: Shohin Ixora Update

Post  peter krebs on Tue Aug 11, 2009 6:25 pm

Hi Rob,

the Yixing pot is also very beautiful, but she still has the taste of the fire, it takes some years to a beautiful patina created.
The pot from Dick is already really good, and they will, over time, much more beautiful. Very Happy

Here is a glimpse into a Yixing pottery. The city of Yixing is famous for its unglazed pottery ware.

http://www.bonsaipots.net/index.php?page=yixing-pottery

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