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Post  Karl-Heinz G. on Sun Feb 15, 2009 1:51 pm

Hello all together
My name is Karl-Heinz G. and I am from Germany. I am very new here and this is my first posting. Just would like to show you one of my trees. It is a Portulacaria afra. It is about 20 years old.


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Portulacaria afra

Post  Caribbean Bonsai on Sun Feb 15, 2009 1:55 pm

Very nice specimen. I would however selectively remove some of the upper branching and make it look a bit cleaner. Thanks

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Post  JimLewis on Sun Feb 15, 2009 4:17 pm

That is one of the most tree like Portulacaria I've ever seen. Nice job.

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Post  Karl-Heinz G. on Sun Feb 15, 2009 4:50 pm

Thanks for your replies.

Caribbean Bonsai, yes, I have to balance out again the upper and lower branches. This is one of the key aspects of activity by my experience with this tree.

Jim, I like this tree very much. I bought it 9 years ago.

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Post  Carolee on Sun Feb 15, 2009 4:59 pm

The nebari, trunk, and primary branches leading to the secondary and more, all look very natural. I, like Jim, have never seen this type look so much like a natural tree. Very nice.

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Post  Karl-Heinz G. on Sun Feb 15, 2009 5:15 pm

Thanks Carolee, this is one of my first trees when I started with Bonsai about 10 years ago. You need a long time to get experience with different species. But this one accepts a lot of beginner mistakes. So I think Portulacaria afra is very good for Bonsai beginners.

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Post  John Quinn on Sun Feb 15, 2009 9:30 pm

Welcome to the forum, Karl-Heinz! Nice photographic technique too!

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Post  Jay Wilson on Mon Feb 16, 2009 1:05 pm

The nebari is what jumped out at me first thing..
Very good overall apperance. Thanks for sharing.

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Post  Karl-Heinz G. on Mon Feb 16, 2009 5:56 pm

Thank you very much for your kindly welcome, John. My photographic technique is very simple. But I try to do my best and I like to show visible pictures. Very Happy

@ Jay: thanks for your kindly response. To get a reasonably satisfying nebary wasn't easy and I formed it step by step.

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Post  Jerry Meislik on Tue Feb 17, 2009 9:49 pm

Its a very lovely tree. Nice work!
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Post  Chaddad on Mon Nov 30, 2009 4:17 pm

I have one Portulacaria afra with four years,



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Post  Karl-Heinz G. on Wed Apr 28, 2010 9:18 pm

Hi all,
here are updates of my Portulacaria afra trees. Some days ago they got new pots.





In Germany spring is just coming now and the weather forecast is promising night degrees over zero. So my indoors are outside for the next months. I like it very much.

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Post  Seth Ellwood on Thu Apr 29, 2010 3:08 am

Very impressive thanks for sharing.

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Post  Matrix on Thu Apr 29, 2010 6:11 am

Your Portulacaria is one of better that I have seen ... this one is the mia size shoin in semiwaterfall, we will see if I obtain something nice.
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Post  Matrix on Thu Apr 29, 2010 6:12 am


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Post  Tom Simonyi on Thu Apr 29, 2010 12:57 pm

Hi, Karl...great to see such good work with this species....your trees are lovely...very good work. Thanks for sharing....The attached is a C. argentea from last fall. I like yours as they are very "tree-like" in the words of others. I have not seen many others styled as well.

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Re: Portulacaria afra

Post  Karl-Heinz G. on Thu Apr 29, 2010 7:04 pm

Hi all,
Thank you all for your kind comments.

Matrix, very pretty your shohin P. afra. I would like to see the developement of this small tree.

Tom, your blooming Crassula is looking great and I like this specimen too. I have two big C ovata and will show them later.

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Post  Chaddad on Mon May 03, 2010 9:11 pm

Portulacaria afra over rock (Ishitsuki).


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