Flowering apricot photos from last March - (It won't be long now!)

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Post  William Feldman on Fri Jan 01, 2010 1:46 am

If you are familiar with Japanese flowering apricots, please read my post on the "pests and diseases" forum. I'd appricate any advice you can give me.
http://ibonsaiclub.forumotion.com/bonsai-pests-diseases-f9/brown-spots-on-flowering-apricot-twigs-cause-for-concern-t1964.htm

I've mostly just been field-growing these, cutting them back hard every winter. I'll start wiring the new growth this spring. They were all grown from cuttings.

The parent of this one was a numbered but unnamed variety from Camellia Forest Nursery: (#4)



A variety called 'Rinchigai':



A variety called 'Whiskers', also from Camellia Forest Nursery:


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Post  anttal63 on Fri Jan 01, 2010 1:51 am

magnificent william; lots of potential there! cheers

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Post  luc tran on Fri Jan 01, 2010 3:57 am

I love ume! I've tried a few but the weather down here in Texas are pretty harsh on them. None have survived. Keep it up.

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Post  Kev Bailey on Fri Jan 01, 2010 12:06 pm

Lovely.

Mine has yet to flower. Perhaps I should get it into the ground for a few years.

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Post  JimLewis on Fri Jan 01, 2010 1:12 pm

Lovely. Lots of potential here, and I'm very impressed that they're from cuttings. Pruus aren't the easiest trees to strike from cuttings.

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Post  Tom on Thu Jan 07, 2010 11:45 pm

My flowering apricot was covered in flower buds, fattening up nicely. Today melting snow from the house roof drpped on them, froze... and now they're completely encased in icicles. Looks sort of nice, but does this mean I've lost my flowers?

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Post  John Quinn on Fri Jan 08, 2010 3:10 am

I think they will be OK... post pics when you get them!

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Post  amazonida on Sat Jan 09, 2010 1:21 am

i wish i could have some flowering apricot here in Brazil...there's no bonsai like azaleas and flowering apricots, ume! just bougainville to confort me! nice tree!

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Post  Harleyrider on Sat Jan 09, 2010 11:34 pm

What beautiful blossom, and such a variety of colours!

I see from Kev and Tom's posts that my first question is answered; namely, will they grow in England.
My second question is, would I need to provide anything special for them to survive?
My third question is, where can I get one? Come on, own up. One of you must have some tucked away somewhere.

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Post  Ed Trout on Sat Jan 09, 2010 11:44 pm

William,

Beautiful photographs, great material. I envy you guys in the north being able to grow this species. Although tonight, I feel like I am in the North ! 41 degrees on my patio now, supposed to go to 31 tonight. And I am in South Florida !


Ed Trout Pembroke Pines, Fl zone 10c ??????????

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Post  Rob Kempinski on Sun Jan 10, 2010 4:56 am

Ed Trout wrote:William,

Beautiful photographs, great material. I envy you guys in the north being able to grow this species. Although tonight, I feel like I am in the North ! 41 degrees on my patio now, supposed to go to 31 tonight. And I am in South Florida !


Ed Trout Pembroke Pines, Fl zone 10c ??????????

Melting glaciers and polar ice caps have cooled us down. Its already freezing outside my house. Ugh.

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Post  Tom on Sun Jan 10, 2010 5:46 pm

Speaking of freezing...



Have to say, I'm not convinced I'm going to see these as flowers, and I'm a bit concerned about the future of the tree. Unfortunate siting and unusual weather conditions have turned this and a few others literally into icicles. The ones that were covered in snow will all be fine, but I've never had trees actually encased in ice before Sad
I'm just going to leave them to defrost naturally and see how it goes.

Harleyrider: in answer to your third question, I've only ever sourced them from Bonsai nurseries and by mail order (do a quick Google search for 'prunus mume uk' for sources). What you get from the latter source will be sticks in pots many years away from Bonsai material, but will still give you nice flowers as a patio plant. Don't think anyone has mentioned the smell of these flowers yet - it's fantastic and can be very strong, especially in warm conditions. I've got a big one planted in my driveway between the car and front door, and I can't wait for it to start flowering (have had it about 7 years from a seedling, no sign of flowers yet).

Earlier in the thread Jim mentioned the difficulty of prunus cuttings - I've actually had some success with Mume, although it takes a very long time - I found the cuttings behaved 'properly' and went through a whole growing cycle, putting on leaves and even extending shoots, but when I checked the roots, on some of them none had developed around a year later!

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Post  littleart-fx on Sun Jan 10, 2010 7:12 pm

prunes mume is in the books as a slow growing tree, could be the answer.

Love them trees!!! and flowers.

About the icecles i look at them and must say its almost art!
Cant you defrost them in low tempratures like say 2 degrees celcius (shed or something).

grtzz machiel

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Post  Tom on Sun Jan 10, 2010 7:59 pm

It's above 0c here just now, so I'll leave them outside to defrost naturally where no more meltwater will drip on them. I have put a little sloe I'm quite concerned about in the shed though. It's not the temperature that concerns me, more the fact they are encased in ice. Some branches have snapped off a couple of shohin size trees, though fortunately not well developed ones.

"almost art" perhaps but definitely a pain in the a**...

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Post  littleart-fx on Sun Jan 10, 2010 8:04 pm

i can understand just leave out the fun p(art) in watching this (art) ;(

make shure they defrost! slowly....

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Post  matievski on Mon Nov 17, 2014 12:01 am

Please post more pictures from last springs!! I adore your trees!

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