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Getting Ready for the National Exhibition

Post  Rob Kempinski on Tue May 04, 2010 3:02 am

Our strangely cold winter has really confused my trees.

This Buddhist Pine (Podocarpus sp.) has been selected for the US National Show. I thinned it out a few weeks ago and right now it is riotously full of new light green growth and the start of many fruit. It will be interesting to see how far the fruit and leaves get by the middle of June when it will go to Rochester for the 2nd National US Exhibition. The pot is a nice quality Chinese pot that actually says "Made in Japan" on the bottom. Rolling Eyes



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Post  dinosmash18 on Tue May 04, 2010 12:57 pm

wow that is a good pine
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Re: Getting Ready for the National Exhibition

Post  Rob Kempinski on Tue May 04, 2010 2:26 pm

dinosmash18 wrote:wow that is a good pine
Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

Thanks for the comment, You know it is not in the pinus family but it is a conifer. Podocarpus macrophyllus can be worked very similarly to a Japanese Black Pine. The big difference is the podocarpus will bud back like crazy. In fact the lower right branch I grew from an adventitious bud. It did not exist when I started on the tree. In this regard the tree seems more similar to a Yew. Once in a pot it is fairly slow growing.

The tree is very common in landscapes. For some reason in Japan, called Kusamaki, I have never seen one as a bonsai even though they grow all over the temple and shrine grounds. In Taiwan and China they are very desirable for bonsai. I heard because of their Buddhist connection, that they are routinely stolen from peoples yards in China. These are commonly used in landscapes in my part of the USA. They can take some cold weather and like the heat.

The first photo didn't show the lighter colored foliage very well so here it is again with a outdoor shot.



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Re: Getting Ready for the National Exhibition

Post  fiona on Tue May 04, 2010 2:43 pm

Would look better still in my garden, Rob. I'll create a microclimate for it.

I hope it does you proud at the exhibition. One day I'll get over to one of these 'murrican shows.

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Post  TpaBayFlyFisher on Tue May 04, 2010 2:56 pm

That is very nice work Rob. I saw one in a very old Japanese book that after translation called it a "swallow's tongue pine". I will see if I can find it to give you the citation.

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Post  jrodriguez on Tue May 04, 2010 3:50 pm

Swallows Tongue Pine is another variety of Podocarpus, Pdocarpus Macrophyllus 'Maki'. Its leaves are very small and quite close in resemblance to a Taxus. In Indonesia, it is often grafted to a big leaf podocarpus.

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Post  Hawaiian77 on Tue May 04, 2010 3:51 pm

Howzit Rob,
Very nice work.... good job!! ThumbsUp If I may ask, how old is this tree? Like in Florida, they grow all over the place here on Maui. I'm thinking of doing one but don't know if I have enough room on my lani.

-Tim Cool

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Post  mike page on Tue May 04, 2010 4:24 pm

Hi Rob
I can't make it to this National because of conflcting obligations. I hope your luck is as good as mine was at the last National. Your tree looks like a real winner!! Very Happy

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Re: Getting Ready for the National Exhibition

Post  Rob Kempinski on Tue May 04, 2010 6:34 pm

Hawaiian77 wrote:Howzit Rob,
Very nice work.... good job!! ThumbsUp If I may ask, how old is this tree? Like in Florida, they grow all over the place here on Maui. I'm thinking of doing one but don't know if I have enough room on my lani.

-Tim Cool

Tim,

Not sure of the exact age. It was collected from a landscape hedge about 9 years ago. Maybe 30 years old now.

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Re: Getting Ready for the National Exhibition

Post  Rob Kempinski on Tue May 04, 2010 6:39 pm

jrodriguez wrote:Swallows Tongue Pine is another variety of Podocarpus, Pdocarpus Macrophyllus 'Maki'. Its leaves are very small and quite close in resemblance to a Taxus. In Indonesia, it is often grafted to a big leaf podocarpus.

Kind regards,
Jose

Jose the maki is very desirable for bonsai. We saw lots of great ones in Taiwan. I've yet to see a large one in Florida as a bonsai. I recently obtained three cuttings of this variety but alas they don't have large trunks. However, your mentioning of grafting is a good idea. I might try that. Is that a spring job or winer job for this species?

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Re: Getting Ready for the National Exhibition

Post  xuan le on Wed May 05, 2010 10:10 am

Very nice Podocarpus Rob,
How many trees do you plan to bring to the show?

Xuan

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Post  Luis Fontanills on Wed May 05, 2010 2:02 pm

Rob, excellent tree.
What are its overall dimensions?

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Post  jrodriguez on Wed May 05, 2010 2:27 pm

Rob,

I find that late winter, just before the buds start to swell is the best time to graft this species. Once sap flow is back to normal, excessive bleeding form the graft point causes the scions to wither off. As this species contains a lot of sap, before grafting, make sure to leva the soil unwatered for some time. After this, cut a branch to see if it bleeds. If it does, leave the tree unwatered for an additional day or until not sap flows from the wound. After grafting, place the tree in shade and control watering. The bag-cover method is quite succesful with this species.

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Jose

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Re: Getting Ready for the National Exhibition

Post  Rob Kempinski on Wed May 05, 2010 3:48 pm

Luis Fontanills wrote:Rob, excellent tree.
What are its overall dimensions?

Hey Luis, its about 24 inches wide and 20 inches above the pot.

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Re: Getting Ready for the National Exhibition

Post  Rob Kempinski on Wed May 05, 2010 6:35 pm

Here is the tree in its garden setting.



I'm glad too see my larger Black Olive (Bucida spinosa) (first tree on the left) has bounced back from really bleak days this winter. I guess with the temperature we had it was almost deciduous. Usually not a good sign when a tropical tree loses most of its leaves. Mad


The bamboo this year is really shedding - see all the ground cover. Might need to actually rake it up. I guess that is a by-product of the really cold winter. Might even cut down much of it - it grows so fast anyway.

Here is a different view of another portion of the garden. Most everything is real green now.



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Post  Rob Addonizio on Wed May 05, 2010 7:02 pm

Hey Rob-

Congrats on getting this beauty into the show Very Happy It is truly a well balanced design.

Say, just curious, but was this the same tree that you brought to our study session 'Noname' with Guy Guidry?

Rob

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Post  Pavel Slovák on Wed May 05, 2010 7:16 pm

Hi Rob.
Really beautiful work and beautiful trees. ThumbsUp

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Re: Getting Ready for the National Exhibition

Post  Rob Kempinski on Wed May 05, 2010 7:17 pm

Rob Addonizio wrote:Hey Rob-

Congrats on getting this beauty into the show Very Happy It is truly a well balanced design.

Say, just curious, but was this the same tree that you brought to our study session 'Noname' with Guy Guidry?

Rob

Thanks Rob. Not it was not the same tree as the study group. It would have been a miracle for that tree to fill out this well. Podocarpus are relatively slow to grow once in a bonsai pot. This tree has been in training in my garden since 2002 (if I recall correctly when i bought it.)

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Post  Rob Kempinski on Wed May 05, 2010 7:24 pm

xuan le wrote:Very nice Podocarpus Rob,
How many trees do you plan to bring to the show?

Xuan

Hi Xuan, missed your post the first time sorry about that.

I have had 3 entries accepted. This Podocarpus, my JBP called Dragon's Tale and a shohin display.
I'm hoping the next 6 weeks really kick in for Dragon's tale. I changed my work timing to have it ready for the show and then we had a 6 week longer winter than normal. It may end up with real short needles that frankly a tree its size doesn't need.

I have heard through the grapevine that there will be several other Florida trees. There are multiple people driving them up from Florida. I also heard trees are coming from the Washington/Oregon area but I haven't heard about California trees. I wonder about Texas trees also as the Lone Star Bonsai Society is having their annual convention the same time in Fort Worth.

How about you, are you showing any trees?

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Post  xuan le on Fri May 07, 2010 12:40 am

Hi Rob,

Good luck for the show.
I don't know if I coukd make it to the show, I am looking for a ride. Being too old to drive by myself a long way (my wife has to take care of her old mom and she can't come with me) I am thinking about flying but I am not sure yet. Frankly I don't want to miss it after seeing the first show.

Xuan

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Post  bonsaistud on Fri May 07, 2010 5:27 am

Super tree Rob...good luck at the Great "National"...

Three Cheers, and then some, to Bill for making it into a World Class Exibit so quickly.

Pat…mounted on my trusty stead, riding off wildly in all directions…

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Post  bonsaistud on Fri May 07, 2010 5:35 am

"...'murrican..."...wonderful Scottish word Fiona...

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Re: Getting Ready for the National Exhibition

Post  Rob Kempinski on Tue Jun 08, 2010 11:55 pm

The US National Exhibition is this coming weekend.
Here is a quick iPhone shot of my wonderful spouse, Terry, checking out the Dragon's Tale, a JBP selected for the exhibition.
I intend to show this Japanese Black Pine with no wire on it! The pads are well enough formed that I feel it will be a more natural look without wire. Might be a topic of conversation, we'll see.


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Re: Getting Ready for the National Exhibition

Post  Herbert A on Wed Jun 09, 2010 12:28 am

Hi Rob,

great tree and a fine garden. Wish you all the best for the exhibition.

cu
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Re: Getting Ready for the National Exhibition

Post  Joe Hatfield on Wed Jun 09, 2010 1:03 am

Very Exciting indeed! I will not be going due to Heather's possible birthing Smile Soooo... make sure to take lots of pics of everything...Please!!!!!!


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