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We keep teaching how to keep Bonsai at an affordable level $$$$

Post  Khaimraj Seepersad on Wed Jan 07, 2015 11:54 am

Hello Folks,

a few weeks ago, I was asked to look in on a small group trying to start off in Bonsai. An elderly lady approached me with two cake / pie tins and asked if she could grow or plant her efforts in them.
[ I remembered back in the late 80's that was how Bonsai were exhibited in the Horticultural show. ]

I took her pans, and used some plaster-of-paris to copy them. Dried the moulds and presented them back to her a week ago. Then used an earthenware clay mixed with the ingredients needed to drop the maturing temperature to cone 04 which is close to 1100 deg.C [ 2,012 deg.F ] and give a vitreous body.
Added on a few knobs for feet.
I have been able to hire a very large electric kiln for about $250.00 TT [ approx - $40.00 US ] it would take many, many pots to fill it for firing to a vitreous state, fewer if we are glazing.

Big smiles, as I showed her, a simple soil mix and her elm and malpighia e., went into pots. Ditto her friends, and others as I cast quite a few pots.

May even take up making the concave pruner, when the $10.00 US pruners finish on on-line shopping.
[ used for cutting twigs, no breakage and I also teach that they should be stored in an oil cloth within a twist tied plastic bag.]

"Bonsai may be the playthings of the Rich", but I can still make folk happy/content, giving a great sense of achievement.

By the way, I dig buckets of earthenware clay from our old canefields, or I use the stuff the ants put out to make their cones- Laughing

Using elm roots, gives little trees of great character, sizeable trunks for what they are and very pleasing to the eye.
Laters.
Khaimraj

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Re: We keep teaching how to keep Bonsai at an affordable level $$$$

Post  Precarious on Wed Jan 07, 2015 3:09 pm

Way to go Khai (applause)! Bonsai can come from and go many directions.

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Post  milly.a on Thu Jan 08, 2015 1:35 pm

"Using elm roots, gives little trees of great character, sizeable trunks for what they are and very pleasing to the eye.
Laters.
Khaimraj"


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Post  kevin stoeveken on Thu Jan 08, 2015 3:36 pm

nicely done khai and in short order too !

and thats one thing that colin lewis preaches... cheap or free trees !!!

you know what they say about deep pockets and short arms Wink

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