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Post  Hawaiian77 on Sun Jul 11, 2010 9:08 pm

Howzit All,

This is a purple bougainvillea I collected in Lahaina about a month ago. The truck is three inches thick and about fifteen inches tall. I also took a dremel to the parts that I had cut the branches off and tried to make it look more natural. All comments are welcome. Very Happy

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Post  DreadyKGB on Sun Jul 11, 2010 9:21 pm

Tim,
Very nice bougie start. I really like the bark. Has potential to be a fantastic bonsai. I really love bouagnvilla as both garden plants and bonsai. Not sure why but I just do. I only wish I could grow them like that in my area. Good luck with it.

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Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Sun Jul 11, 2010 11:34 pm

Bougie wood is very soft and rots quickly. After making sure that none of your cuts will pool water, you should protect all cuts. We paint with a product called Minwax Wood Hardener, it is made to apply to rotten wood and then paint over. Another product is Marine Epoxy.

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Collected bougainvillea

Post  moyogijohn on Mon Jul 12, 2010 12:15 am

Tim,, good start for anice tree..one question,could you cut the top at a 45 angle and use the small limb on the left as a new apex?? just a thought.good job john

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Post  Hawaiian77 on Mon Jul 12, 2010 12:59 am

Mahalo guys for the nice comments. Very Happy Very Happy

John, I had that idea but a new branch had sprout up so I'm going to use that as the apex.

Billy, Is it possible for you to post trees that you have applied wood hardener too. Just want to see how it works. Much Mahalo. Smile

Todd, I'm sure you can.... you just have to give yourself time and patience. thumbs up

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Post  JimLewis on Mon Jul 12, 2010 4:02 pm

You won't be able to see the wood hardener in a photo. It is a clear liquid. It imparts a faint glossiness to areas it is applied to, but a stiff brush or sandpaper easily gets rid of that. The callus that forms around your cuts should close over any area you apply this to.

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Post  Hawaiian77 on Mon Jul 12, 2010 4:10 pm

Much Mahalo for the info Jim. Very Happy

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Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Mon Jul 12, 2010 4:47 pm

The wood hardener will need to be applied in a number of coats until it quits soaking in. Also it will need to be watched and possible replaced as it weathers, especially on the larger cuts.

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Post  Hawaiian77 on Mon Jul 12, 2010 4:51 pm

Much Mahalo Billy. Very Happy

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Re: Collected Purple Bougainvillea

Post  Victrinia Ridgeway on Sat Jul 17, 2010 6:47 am

Cuz'.... you gotta go get some bigger stumps... Laughing

Here's my big hawaiian purple....



Mahalo!

V

PS. My Sis and her family just moved to Oahu... so I've got a great excuse to come get more bougies and visit my Hawaiian bonsai buddies. thumbs up

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Post  Victrinia Ridgeway on Sat Jul 17, 2010 6:51 am

Oh yah... and one good way to make sure it drains and stays dry.... put holes in it. I don't treat mine with anything. Not to say you shouldn't, but I have enough breathing going on with mine that it's fine.... Wink


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Post  Hawaiian77 on Sat Jul 17, 2010 7:11 am

Howzit "V",

WOW...... that's a nice one!! ThumbsUp There's more out there but my lani can hold only so much. Sad I did collect another purple one a month after this last one but I think that's all. Should you ever go to Oahu to visit your sister make a side trip to Maui so I can take you on a dig for more bougies!! thumbs up

Mahalo for the information. Question, did you ever defoliate your bougies before? I just did this one about a three weeks ago and it's coming back nicely. Hopefully the bracts will come out by September and maybe I could enter it in the Maui County Fair.

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Post  Victrinia Ridgeway on Sat Jul 17, 2010 7:43 am

Nice tree! Even nicer pot!! Love them both.... And why in the world are you digging bougies bro??? You just need to cut em off... not dig em... that's too much work....lol

Yes you can hard prune to nothing a bougie, and in high growing season it'll sprout like a fiend. In fact with many tropicals it's best to defoliate before working them over... so you can get the best image then grow the foliage from there.

I feed mine Bougain... can you get that there?

V

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Post  Hawaiian77 on Sat Jul 17, 2010 7:50 am

Victrinia Ridgeway wrote:
I feed mine Bougain... can you get that there?

V

Yeah... I seen it at Home Depot. I was thinking about it but went with Miracle-Gro instead. I got to pick up one and try it. Mahalo!!

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Post  Victrinia Ridgeway on Sat Jul 17, 2010 8:11 am

It's awesome for them.... I promise... Very Happy

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Post  Hawaiian77 on Sat Jul 17, 2010 9:09 am

Mahalo "V",

About the bonsai pot, it's a "Tokonama" pot from www.bonsaimonk.com and they have some nice pots at good prices. BTW,
did you really get that bougie from Hawaii?? If you did...... I won't go there. Evil or Very Mad Evil or Very Mad

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Re: Collected Purple Bougainvillea

Post  prestontolbert on Sat Jul 17, 2010 3:36 pm

There are two ways to potentially export a bougy. Either obtain a phytosanitary certificate or export it as a cutting, since bougies root so easily. No different from exporting a pineapple.

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Post  Hawaiian77 on Sat Jul 17, 2010 5:05 pm

Mahalo Cuz. ThumbsUp

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Post  Victrinia Ridgeway on Sat Jul 17, 2010 5:43 pm

prestontolbert wrote:There are two ways to potentially export a bougy. Either obtain a phytosanitary certificate or export it as a cutting, since bougies root so easily. No different from exporting a pineapple.

That's exactly what happened with mine.... it was a godzilla sized cutting. lol

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Post  Victrinia Ridgeway on Sat Jul 17, 2010 5:48 pm

Hawaiian77 wrote:Mahalo "V",

About the bonsai pot, it's a "Tokonama" pot from www.bonsaimonk.com and they have some nice pots at good prices. BTW,
did you really get that bougie from Hawaii?? If you did...... I won't go there. Evil or Very Mad Evil or Very Mad

A Hui Hou,
-Tim Cool

Braddah...

You have good taste in pots.... I thought it was a Tokonoma... I adore them, and collect them long before I have a tree that needs them... you can never know when you'll need a pot! lol

No laws were broken.... and more the FedEx parking lot it came out of - the people were thrilled someone wanted to chop it down. I didn't collect it... my teacher did. He just cut it down and removed the branchlets, and sent it home as a big piece of wood. Laughing

It's all good.... ThumbsUp

V

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Post  Hawaiian77 on Sat Jul 17, 2010 5:56 pm

Howzit "V",

Ho Tita, I would love to see how you when stuff'em in your bag!! Laughing Laughing That must have been a long time ago. So how old is your bougie?

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Post  Hawaiian77 on Sat Jul 17, 2010 5:59 pm

Sorry, this was before your reply.

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Re: Collected Purple Bougainvillea

Post  Victrinia Ridgeway on Sat Jul 17, 2010 6:18 pm

Hawaiian77 wrote:Howzit "V",

Ho Tita, I would love to see how you when stuff'em in your bag!! Laughing Laughing That must have been a long time ago. So how old is your bougie?

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-Tim Cool


Nahhhh... it came home in a big FedEx box with a bunch of other logs....lol This bougie has been on the mainland about 5 years I think... I've had it for the last two. I figure it must be 20 years old or so to be this size... what do you think?

V

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Post  Hawaiian77 on Sat Jul 17, 2010 6:23 pm

I think it's about right. I guess I've been doing it the hard way. Evil or Very Mad Can you just cut it instead of dig it up from the roots??

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Post  Victrinia Ridgeway on Sat Jul 17, 2010 6:30 pm

Heck yah!!!! And ANY SIZE.... there's no limit like there is with "cuttings" from other trees.... Mine is about 13 inches?? probably more like 15 under the soil....

Anyway just saw it off clean... and then put it in bonsai soil.... now the trick with larger cuttings here seems to be keeping the humidity high on them... so the soil only gets any moisture from time to time... but the trunk gets wetted down with a mister almost daily. In a couple weeks here they will generally start to bud leaves... and when they do that... you also know its pushing roots.... so you start to water more when they pop... but you keep misting until it's got some foliage established. Smile

Works like a charm... also I'd keep it out of the direct sun until it pops good. Because you wouldn't want to dry out the wood.

V

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