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Post  jamesransom on Mon Mar 23, 2009 10:33 pm

As spring comes about and the repot season is underway or best done (as with mine) i look at all the trees in my collection and think what tree i would not want to see go............ either by death affraid or to sell it, and i have this one a white pine. It is not the most outstanding tree in the collection (as far as design goes) but it has shown me so much over the years of careing for it. The tree was nearly dead from bad treatment with the last owner it had neadle cast, root rot, major die back and had never been repotted for about 12 years. The tree is on its way to a better tree now but has taken about 10 years to do and still has much to sort out. Thats why this would be the most loved tree as it has shown me so much!

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It was tricky to repot and not dammage the old bark.

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The dead wood was part of the die back that was going on!

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Post  Carolee on Tue Mar 24, 2009 1:39 am

I find it very interesting that the ones we love the most isn't necessarily the 'best' bonsai, but the ones we have had to go through the most challenging and time-consuming process. Being sentimental I still have my very first bonsai (purchased through ebay), and it is one of the ugliest trees I have. Thanks for posting.

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Post  JimLewis on Tue Mar 24, 2009 2:53 pm

Here's mine (and one seasonal) "most loved."

My all-year-round favorite, a trident maple:



Seasonal: Wisteria:


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Re: Whats your most loved tree?

Post  jamesransom on Tue Mar 24, 2009 10:30 pm

Hi Jim and Carolee
It is true the trees that challange you the most or the ones you start with are the most interesting (to me any way) and yends to be the most loved ones out of the collection.
Jim your wisteria is stunning and must be a prize tree, its funny i have one that i have grown from a seedling tree and this year (after 14 years) it has started to bud up to flower. will be interesting to see if the bloom quality will be as good as your one.

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Favorite?

Post  mike page on Wed Mar 25, 2009 12:44 am

Difficult question to answer. That being said, it may well be the pine to the right.

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Re: Whats your most loved tree?

Post  ogi uyehara on Wed Mar 25, 2009 1:54 am

interesting question.. Heres mine a phempis 13 years in training

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Re: Whats your most loved tree?

Post  Bear on Wed Mar 25, 2009 2:18 am

All of them Brian

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Re: Whats your most loved tree?

Post  Tom Simonyi on Wed Mar 25, 2009 12:56 pm

I like Brian's response, but here is one that I am particularly fond of (Hinoki cypress).

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Re: Whats your most loved tree?

Post  jamesransom on Wed Mar 25, 2009 10:50 pm

You all have some stunning trees,
Yes i agree with Brian's comment i love all my trees too but my white pine above i would hold onto if i could only have one tree.

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Re: Whats your most loved tree?

Post  Rafael on Sun Mar 29, 2009 6:01 pm

it´s not yet a bonsai but i like it

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Paborito

Post  Emerson Murillo on Sat Apr 04, 2009 7:57 am

Most loved tree?

Were a family that loves bonsai so much and we have different choice in our collections. But in terms of specie we all agree that Pemphis is the our most favorite tree.

I personally love our extra-large 6ft tall “Red Balete”(ficus) bonsai, 7yrs in training.


My wife loves our “Bauhinia”, 7yrs in training.


My mother-in-law loves her yamadori semi-cascade pemphis acidula. 7yrs in training.


My father-in-law loves his unique yamadori, a “Raft-style Tamarindus Indica”, 10yrs in training.



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Most Loved trees

Post  jamesransom on Sat Apr 04, 2009 10:18 am

Hi Emerson Murillo
You have some stunning trees but what variety of ficus is that?

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Re: Whats your most loved tree?

Post  Emil Brannstrom on Sat Apr 04, 2009 10:53 am

I probably like my literati the most, despite the pot.



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Post  Emerson Murillo on Sun Apr 05, 2009 3:58 am

Hello Emil,

Locally we call it RED BALETE. Im not sure whether this a FICUS CONCINA OR FICUS VIRENS. I cannot identify thier differences.

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Re: Whats your most loved tree?

Post  Vance Wood on Tue Apr 07, 2009 12:24 am

jamesransom wrote:As spring comes about and the repot season is underway or best done (as with mine) i look at all the trees in my collection and think what tree i would not want to see go............ either by death affraid or to sell it, and i have this one a white pine. It is not the most outstanding tree in the collection (as far as design goes) but it has shown me so much over the years of careing for it. The tree was nearly dead from bad treatment with the last owner it had neadle cast, root rot, major die back and had never been repotted for about 12 years. The tree is on its way to a better tree now but has taken about 10 years to do and still has much to sort out. Thats why this would be the most loved tree as it has shown me so much!

[img][/img]

It was tricky to repot and not dammage the old bark.

[img][/img]

The dead wood was part of the die back that was going on!

[img][/img]

James

Parviflora? What is your technique for dealing with the bark issue? This is a dicey situation that needs discussion for a lot of members. That is if you do not mind sharing.

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Re most loved tree

Post  jamesransom on Tue Apr 07, 2009 9:33 am

Hi Vance Wood
Not sure what you mean by the bark issue please explain and would be happy to say.

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Re: Whats your most loved tree?

Post  Vance Wood on Tue Apr 07, 2009 1:53 pm

As I am sure you are aware or you would not have mentioned it, the bark that develops on a bonsai is very fragile and easily rubbed off with careless handling; especially during repotting. I was curious if you have a special technique you involve to lesson this tendency, or are you just extremely careful? I have seen the fine flaky bark on a Mugo destroyed due to repotting. Thanks for your time to respond.

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Post  jamesransom on Wed Apr 08, 2009 10:38 pm

Hi Vance
Yes the tree bark is very fragile and i tend to treat the tree very carefully. I have two lift points on this tree one is close to the trunk on the lower back branch and the other is near the apex.
Keeping the tree in the correct position meaning full sun and in a very open soil mix helps the tree to produce good bark and reduces having to clean moss or green algi off the trunk there for wrecking the bark. Its simple do as little to the bark as possiable.

Hope that helps Vince!

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Re: Whats your most loved tree?

Post  Vance Wood on Wed Apr 08, 2009 10:54 pm

jamesransom wrote:Hi Vance
Yes the tree bark is very fragile and i tend to treat the tree very carefully. I have two lift points on this tree one is close to the trunk on the lower back branch and the other is near the apex.
Keeping the tree in the correct position meaning full sun and in a very open soil mix helps the tree to produce good bark and reduces having to clean moss or green algi off the trunk there for wrecking the bark. Its simple do as little to the bark as possiable.

Hope that helps Vince!

James

Yes that does help. It's always good to know what other people do in a difficult situation.

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