Mini crape myrtle blooming

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Mini crape myrtle blooming

Post  JimLewis on Mon Aug 16, 2010 2:32 pm

I started this as a cutting in 2002. It went into its first bonsai pot in 2003. This is the first year it has bloomed.

The tree is just under 4 1/2 inches from the pot rim. The pot itself was picked out from a bin filled with tiny pots at the Ueno Green Club some years ago.

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Re: Mini crape myrtle blooming

Post  EdMerc on Mon Aug 16, 2010 2:40 pm

Jim that's great.

I've never seen one with blooms where it wasn't let grow wild. How did you manage to keep the blooms tight?

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Post  Tom Simonyi on Mon Aug 16, 2010 2:46 pm

Lovely, Jim...thanks for sharing...

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Post  Guest on Mon Aug 16, 2010 2:49 pm

this is what pretty means. Smile Smile Smile

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Post  JimLewis on Mon Aug 16, 2010 3:02 pm

EdMerc wrote:Jim that's great.

I've never seen one with blooms where it wasn't let grow wild. How did you manage to keep the blooms tight?

Ed

Danged if I know. Some things just happen.

These things grow so wildly anyway, I'm constantly cutting them back -- even the larger ones. These blooms still are "outside the lines" on this little tree.

I'll take another picture when they're all out, but I'm betting it'll look a lot more unkempt then.

Thanks, all.

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Post  Heshian on Mon Aug 16, 2010 3:39 pm

Beatiful tree

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Post  Ian Warhurst on Mon Aug 16, 2010 3:53 pm

I love it Jim, the pot`s great as well and compliments the tree superbly.

Ian.

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Post  JimLewis on Mon Aug 16, 2010 4:08 pm

Here's the plant the cutting for the little one came from. This one was originally styled by the Department of Transportation roadside mowing machines in Florida. I dug it up in the mid 90s.

It has bloomed several times and as you can see will bloom later this summer. It is behind its "child" because for some reason (probably a hard winter) it was more than 2 months late leaving out his spring.

You can see how unkempt it is as it forms its buds.

Dale Cochoy pot.


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Post  Bob Pressler on Mon Aug 16, 2010 5:34 pm

Very cool, love the movement in the trunk and the nice tight flowers are a bonus.

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Post  moyogijohn on Tue Aug 17, 2010 12:09 am

JIM,,I have never seen one so small look like a big tree or flower!! you have done some great work with these..makes me want to go get one they are every where up here but i don,t know how hardy they would be in a pot...good work john

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Post  Russell Coker on Tue Aug 17, 2010 12:17 am

Jim,

Both are beautiful crape myrtles!

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Post  John Quinn on Tue Aug 17, 2010 12:30 am

Looks good, Jim!

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Post  JimLewis on Tue Aug 17, 2010 12:55 am

Thanks, all.

John, they'll do fine with just a little winter protection, I suspect. They're quite tough. Bury the pots in mulch in the coldest part of the winter. Mine freeze solid several times in the winter.

If you buy from a local nursery, you'll get plants that should do OK in your climate with a little protection.

I've got about a dozen of them -- all shohin or smaller.

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Post  moyogijohn on Tue Aug 17, 2010 1:59 am

JIM, There is a landscape nursery 2 miles from my house..i will look there in a day or two.. should they be pruned this time of the year??? i am sure there is one there some where but it will be too tall i am sure....thanks john

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Post  Todd Ellis on Tue Aug 17, 2010 4:23 am

Nice! I like your carved hollow trunk; very convincing! Mine leafed out late this Spring, too.
Your mame "baby" and pot are tops!

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Post  JimLewis on Tue Aug 17, 2010 2:54 pm

Thanks. The Department of Transportation was the "inspiration" for the hollow.

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Post  JimLewis on Tue Aug 17, 2010 2:56 pm

John, Look for "Cherry Dazzle." It has very small leaves -- unlike this one.

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Post  Guest on Tue Aug 17, 2010 4:33 pm

Beautiful and elegantly Jim.
A blue or white pot will make the flowers stand out more, and the tree placed in the left side when leaning right - giving better balance in the pot.
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Post  laser beam on Tue Aug 17, 2010 6:12 pm

i love crape myrtles! yours looks awsome! i have a very small one that i just got but its not nearly as cool.

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