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Post  JimLewis on Wed Nov 18, 2009 5:54 pm

Kind of as a follow up to Dorothy's Podocarpus thread, they are a very nice species to work with.

I've had this one since a Hal Mahoney workshop at the Texas Bonsai Society show in Corpus Christie in 2000.

It is planted in a roof tile scavenged from a wste pil near my daughter's house in St. Pete Beach, Fla.

First, the workshop tree.



The tree today.


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Post  Henrik Stubelius on Thu Nov 19, 2009 1:30 am

I like the idea of the roof tile, unconventional but it works somehow=)

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Post  Velodog2 on Thu Nov 19, 2009 3:40 am

Nice tree Jim. Very effective use of rocks, moss, and companion plants - something I don't usually like, but in this case, nice.

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Post  peter krebs on Thu Nov 19, 2009 8:15 pm

Hi Jim,

Your special pot is very original Very Happy

and fits absolutewell with the Podocarpus.

The earth's surface is very natural, good work, good idea.

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Post  JimLewis on Thu Nov 19, 2009 9:56 pm

Thanks, all. I'm probably going to remove all the moss and accents next spring and add some soil here and there before putting some of the ground cover back on.

An interesting (AKA odd) note. The original pot (first pic) was filled with garbage -- bits of plastic, orange peels, bacon rinds, a couple of razor blades, cabbage leaves, etc. So I had to do a full bare root when I put it into its first training pot.

I've often wondered where it came from, but maybe that's why it was a healthy plant.

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Post  Kev Bailey on Thu Nov 19, 2009 10:17 pm

Jeepers Jim, that's one hard core potting mix! Could start a whole new "soils" debate! lol!

Sometimes you just have to wonder what is going on in people's minds when they throw that sort of crap into a pot.

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Post  Guest on Thu Nov 19, 2009 10:26 pm

Sounds like crap was the only thing missing!!

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Post  dorothy7774 on Fri Nov 20, 2009 1:58 am

will baddeley wrote:Sounds like crap was the only thing missing!!

Hahaha!!

Jim, nice tree and cool idea with the roof tile! It isn't a Japanese roof tile, is it? Laughing

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Post  Rob Kempinski on Fri Nov 20, 2009 4:34 am

As a FYI, I learned that Podcarpus trees, sometimes called Budhist Pines have become very popular in main land China. So much so that if one is in someones yard, it is likely to be stolen eventually. The prices of podocarpus bonsai have risen in Taiwas as the bonsai are being imported into China. It appears the connection with Buddah has given the bonsai species cachet in China.

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Post  sixhunter on Fri Nov 20, 2009 6:57 am

Are they slow growers ?

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Post  Rob Kempinski on Fri Nov 20, 2009 11:58 am

sixhunter wrote:Are they slow growers ?

In a pot yes, very slow. In the ground they grow a bit faster but still not as fast an an oak or pine.

They also prefer to have very little root pruning done to them.

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Post  JimLewis on Fri Nov 20, 2009 12:43 pm

Jim, nice tree and cool idea with the roof tile! It isn't a Japanese roof tile, is it? Laughing

Thanks. No it's just the typical old, south Florida ceramic tile roof -- now being replaced by smaller, machine-made tiles that aren't nearly as attractive (on roofs or as "pots"). I saved three. One was donated to our club auction last year. I have one left and may try some kind of group planting in it.

Yes, they dislike excessive root work (which is why I worried a bit when moving from garbage to soil), but this one will put on 6-7 inches of new foliage every summer if I let it.

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