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Post  moyogijohn on Fri Aug 27, 2010 10:14 pm

This is the tree that Jim and I were talking about...let me know what you all think and what I should do----John

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Post  JimLewis on Fri Aug 27, 2010 10:37 pm

John, I think this one oughta go out in the yard to add a few pounds before you put it in a pot. These things thicken up rapidly in the ground.

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Post  bonsaisr on Fri Aug 27, 2010 11:06 pm

Unfortunately, Pocomoke is only top hardy to Zone 7. It might be risky to put it in the ground in West Virginia.
However, I would plant it in a big pot of coarse bonsai soil to accomplish the same result.
You have several oversize branches or sub-trunks competing with each other. Think about picking one as your main trunk & shortening the others.
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Post  moyogijohn on Fri Aug 27, 2010 11:49 pm

thanks Jim and mrs.bonsaier..they do have these trees in landscape here i don,t know if this one would be ok or not..it is a stick in a pot i know..what ever is better ..let me know..thanks again john

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Post  JimLewis on Sat Aug 28, 2010 3:01 am

Yeah. He bought it at a local nursery. Local nurseries don't stay in business if they sell too many plants that aren't hardy in the area.

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Post  Todd Ellis on Sat Aug 28, 2010 1:01 pm

Hi John,
I have been growing this dwarf for two years. The man who had it before me grew it from a cutting approx ten years ago, in regular nursery potting soil. I repotted it into bonsai soil and have been rewarded with lots of flowers. My photo doesn't show the depth, but I'm trying to arrange the trunks to create a framework for foliage pads to display the flowers. This tree will never be a great tree; I could cut it way back, but I'm trying my luck with shaping to display the flowers. Next Spring I will plant it in a larger pot to encourage more top growth; to give me more selections for cutting back, etc. Your tree reminds me of this one, as it once was years ago, probably. I also find that these trees "take kindly" to branch bending and heal easily from breaking/cracking the branches. Better to do it when it is on the dry side.



Another myrtle, not a dwarf, that I'm working on which has been cut back numerous times:
(even with the reverse taper, etc, I like where it is going scratch )


Have fun with it! Todd

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Post  moyogijohn on Sat Aug 28, 2010 1:35 pm

TODD,,I Like your trees the way you have them going..I will think about this stick and do something with it..thanks for the pictures...John

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Post  moyogijohn on Thu Sep 02, 2010 11:13 pm

What do you think now??

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Post  bonsaisr on Thu Sep 02, 2010 11:47 pm

Oh, dear. You need to let it alone for the rest of this year. Then next spring, cut it back some (not as much as a standard), then pinch like heck until the middle of June. Never mind wires for now. You want it to bud back & become more compact.

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Post  moyogijohn on Fri Sep 03, 2010 2:18 am

MRS BONSAISR,,,,Thank you for your comment...i am going to let it alone,i slip potted it into that 12 in.plastic pot because i can not plant in the ground where i live..i will have to admit.i got carried away but had become angry with it because i could not make it look the way i wanted it to...not good bonsai i know..thank you for your help...john

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