alnus glutinosa (black/common alder) as bonsai

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alnus glutinosa (black/common alder) as bonsai

Post  Jarrod on Sat Aug 21, 2010 9:21 am

I have found a great trunk of one of these and have never seen any as bonsai in Australia. I was just wondering if anyone here can give me some more information about them as bonsai. The finished tree of the stump I found will be close to a meter so leaf size shouldn't be too much of an issue.

Love to hear your thoughts/ see you pictures.

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Re: alnus glutinosa (black/common alder) as bonsai

Post  Kev Bailey on Sat Aug 21, 2010 10:12 am

They like lots of water and will grow more vigorously if stood in a water tray through the summer. Total defoliation in summer brings leaf size down. I don't have a glutinosa any more but do have a shohin Italian Alder - Alnus cordata in development.

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Re: alnus glutinosa (black/common alder) as bonsai

Post  AlainK on Sat Aug 21, 2010 10:18 am

There's an exemple here :

Alnus glutinosa

It is said in the comments that :

- alnus don't live very long when potted : it's advised to put them back in the ground after a few years so that their can gain some strength again
- it's a very strong grower, scars can form bulges, but cuts of branches 1.5-2 cm wide heal in one year
- it needs a lot of water and fertilizer. Someone wrote that he keeps his in a tray with water all year long (actually, common adler grows on river banks and has its roots all year long in water)

I'm sure someone from Britain can find other tips and exemples in English, it's a very common tree in europe, and I would be very surprised if a lot of locals hadn't tried it Wink

PS : Kev wrote his reply while I was typing my message, but it seems to confirm what I've gathered Wink

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Re: alnus glutinosa (black/common alder) as bonsai

Post  Jarrod on Sat Aug 21, 2010 11:42 am

Here's the trunk in question, notice the hand in the top for reference. I believe it has always been grown in a pot.

I think I'll go put a deposit on it tomorrow!

Thanks for the replies. And further help is much appreciated!

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Re: alnus glutinosa (black/common alder) as bonsai

Post  Jarrod on Mon Aug 23, 2010 3:04 pm

Does anyone else have any thoughts on the suitability of these trees as bonsai?

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Re: alnus glutinosa (black/common alder) as bonsai

Post  Kalogero on Mon Aug 23, 2010 3:42 pm

Hi Jarrod,
those links are unfortunately in french, but with a translator, you can find interesting informations :
http://www.polo-bonsai.com/alnusglutinosa-popup.htm
http://www.parlonsbonsai.com/Aulne.html

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Re: alnus glutinosa (black/common alder) as bonsai

Post  Jarrod on Tue Aug 24, 2010 1:26 am

Thanks for those links. Once translated they are filled with the information I needed.

Thanks.

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