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Post  MichaelS on Mon Aug 17, 2015 3:45 am

This is a Prunus cerasifera which was dug up from the side of the road years ago. It was about 6 feet high then. Now it stands about 7 or 8 inches. I'll post another pic as the flowers open but I particularly like it in bud.






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Post  Vlad on Mon Aug 17, 2015 6:47 am

Thanks for bringing a gust of spring to the other Hemisphere, Mike. I will have that picture in my mind while I pick plums from my trees Cool .

Yours is a real little beauty.

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Post  AlainK on Mon Aug 17, 2015 8:50 am

Very nice!

Here it is sometimes difficult to keep them healthy in the summer, especially this year which was the hottest summer ve've had in 60 years, and ther's often some dieback so I assume you live in a rather cool and humid part of Oz, don't you?

Anyway, congrats for the work you've done thumbs up

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Post  MichaelS on Mon Aug 17, 2015 10:09 am

AlainK wrote:Very nice!

Here it is sometimes difficult to keep them healthy in the summer, especially this year which was the hottest summer ve've had in 60 years, and ther's often some dieback so I assume you live in a rather cool and humid part of Oz, don't you?

Anyway, congrats for the work you've done thumbs up

Thanks Alain and Vlad. Yes Southern Oz. Cool wet winters and hot dry summers. This year we had 2 days of 0 degrees C which is the coldest in many years. Usually minimum is about 5C. In summer we have to cover everything with 50% shade. Even Black Pine! But I'm really sick of the cold.....

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Post  Guest on Mon Aug 17, 2015 4:07 pm

Hi MichaelS

One of the best small plums I have ever seen...stunning Smile

Kind regards Yvonne

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Post  LanceMac10 on Mon Aug 17, 2015 4:12 pm

But I'm really sick of the cold.....

Cold? That's funny.......

Really nice tree, and DOES look wonderful when it's budding.

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Post  MichaelS on Tue Aug 18, 2015 3:28 am

LanceMac10 wrote:But I'm really sick of the cold.....

Cold? That's funny.......

Really nice tree, and DOES look wonderful when it's budding.

It's all relative. My wife is from Nth East USA and she hates the damp cold here even more than the frozen air back home!

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Post  Rui Marques on Mon Aug 24, 2015 4:27 pm

A pleasant image to see.
Very good.

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Post  BobbyLane on Mon Aug 24, 2015 7:51 pm

Lovely tree mate!

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Post  Rui Marques on Tue Aug 25, 2015 9:13 am

This is my inspiration for the future Elm i have.

May i ask you what is your feeding regime and the type of soil you are using.
and if you have any other photos of the progression would be great.

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Post  MichaelS on Thu Aug 27, 2015 1:56 am

Rui Marques wrote:This is my inspiration for the future Elm i have.

May i ask you what is your feeding regime and the type of soil you are using.
and if you have any other photos of the progression would be great.

Hi Rui,

The soil is basically fine orchid bark (3-5mm) 75%, quartz sand (2-3mm) 20%, peat or good fibrous loam (5%)
Feeding is extremely important!
I make my own organic fertilizer cakes (2/3 soyabean meal, 1/3 blood and bone meal) This is used every 6 to 8 weeks over the warmer months. (This size pot would get 4 to 6 cakes about 25mm square) For a boost in cooler weather and occasionally in summer (like before defoliation), I use a good quality hydroponic fertilizer. Once per month I give a kelp extract. Twice per year I sprinkle dolomite lime on all the rose family.

I don't have many early photos of this tree but here are some I found:

Last year at the start of spring..



Last summer. New shoots after defoliation:



This week:

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Post  AlainK on Thu Aug 27, 2015 7:35 am

Wow! cheers

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Post  JudyB on Thu Aug 27, 2015 8:40 pm

Such a beauty. Thank you for sharing it! I someday hope to have something like this, I love the form.

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Post  Tom Simonyi on Fri Aug 28, 2015 1:18 am

Beautiful, thanks for sharing!

Best regards,
Tom

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Post  fredtruck on Fri Aug 28, 2015 1:12 pm

What a gorgeous tree!

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Post  Rui Marques on Thu Sep 03, 2015 4:55 pm

Thank you Michael.

Keep up the good work.

Oh, and if you find more photos, please, post them.

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