American Hackberry [ Celtis L. ?] Life / Death and a Miracle

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American Hackberry [ Celtis L. ?] Life / Death and a Miracle

Post  Khaimraj Seepersad on Sat Oct 23, 2010 3:59 am

Hello to All,

talking to Jesse brought back these memories.

Here is a Hackberry from seedling [ three leaves ] from Lafayette, Louisiana. When I returned home to the Caribbean, I planted this one in the front yard trough and it sprang up. I later replanted in a 5 gallon container. That damage you see on the front is my fault. When I went away to study, I insisted that the tree be placed in full sun, and over winter the top died and regrew itself in spring. This was my first chance to learn how to clip / grow and defoliate.

First image [the off colour white] is 1996 - 15 years old
Height - 35 cm - 14 inches
Width - 40 cm - 16 inches
Trunk - 3.5 cm - 1.5 inches.

Second image - April 1st 1999 - out of the refrigerator

Third image - May 1999 - pruned and re-sprouting. Styro grow box.




Fourth image - about 2003 and re-sprouted and trimmed 2nd branch removed

Fifth image - 2006 all grown out for late Summer.




2008 - I missed the two week watering and this tree dried out.
Tree died.
But ..............

Tomorrow I will show you the miracle,
Stay tuned.
Khaimraj


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Re: American Hackberry [ Celtis L. ?] Life / Death and a Miracle

Post  Jim Doiron on Sat Oct 23, 2010 12:22 pm

Ooh I like the suspenseful thread! Well played. Can't wait to see what happens.

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Re: American Hackberry [ Celtis L. ?] Life / Death and a Miracle

Post  Khaimraj Seepersad on Sat Oct 23, 2010 1:10 pm

Morning to All,
Hello Jim.

Well I just finished the morning watering and took the shots. I will resist the urge to play the cliffhanger to the hilt.

Anyhow, it took just under a month to realise that the tree was permanently dormant, as I had to watch all the other trees bud and leaf out. It was very sad, but even with the knowedge that the tree was dead, I kept the lumber in bonsai pot moist. If ever I needed supernatural help this was the time.

One day I walked down into the garden, checked the stand and was pleasantly surprised to see a green shoot coming out of a root on the dead tree. I had to live with the corpse for almost a year as I watched the shoot on the root grow to a 2 foot tree. Then I detached the mother from son.
Mother was burnt entirely to become an ash glaze for a pot. [ Just in case you didn't know gentle reader, I am also a potter -amateur - of as many years as I am an oil painter.]

Using the information from the various issues of Bonsai Today [ 1 to 35 or so and a few others - can still be had on Ebay and Amazon ]on growing trident maples and black pines, I sent the young shoot after the refrigerator, to the back yard growing pit. Planting in very freely draining soil in a plastic rice strainer [ $1.00 Store ] colander - I gained a 1/4 inch.

This year, it went to the better soil in the front yard trough and still in the plastic rice colander.

What I did with the mother was chance and experimentation. Hopefully I can apply the knowledge and experience to this one and produce a quality Bonsai.

Later, I will add an image of what a hackberry looks like coming out of the fridge.
I hope this information is of use to someone.
As usual feel free to ask or comment - nay or yay.
Khaimraj

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Re: American Hackberry [ Celtis L. ?] Life / Death and a Miracle

Post  Todd Ellis on Sat Oct 23, 2010 1:39 pm

That is a great story; the Phoenix! What kind of refridgerator do you have? A walk-in type?
Would you post a picture of it?

Thanks, Todd

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Re: American Hackberry [ Celtis L. ?] Life / Death and a Miracle

Post  Khaimraj Seepersad on Sat Oct 23, 2010 2:04 pm

Todd,

walk-in - ha ha. No just a beat up old thing my dad used to use down at the beach back in 86 or so.
Images will be added this evening my time [ 1 hour + Miami time if you are using Daylight savings, if not, then use Miami time.]

15 inches - 38 cm is a very convenient size - isn't it ? How many can you fit in a refrigerator.

Just to let you know I started a new project - every year I take a root, allow it to sprout, grow one year, with no refrigeration, then uplift and take a root from that tree. The idea is some day down the road, one root may adapt fully to the Tropics, as the Catlin root did.
Until.
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Re: American Hackberry [ Celtis L. ?] Life / Death and a Miracle

Post  Khaimraj Seepersad on Sat Oct 23, 2010 10:16 pm

The Walk-in Refrigerator -
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Re: American Hackberry [ Celtis L. ?] Life / Death and a Miracle

Post  Jesse on Mon Oct 25, 2010 3:24 pm

Thanks you for sharing the life cycle of Bonsai come full circle. Would be cool if the root cuttings led to an adaptation with some plants...I should try it with a couple of plants to see if I could get them to raise their cold hardiness for Utah...

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Re: American Hackberry [ Celtis L. ?] Life / Death and a Miracle

Post  Khaimraj Seepersad on Mon Oct 25, 2010 3:48 pm

Jesse,

Jim Lewis left the hardiness map directions lower down on the Bonsai forum page [ this forum,]
I noticed that Celtis L and Celtis O are growing in Colorado. Overwinter in unheated garage ?
So hopefully this will inspire you to get a few seedlings and try.

They should grow at a good speed on your side as well.
The book says for Zelkovas look for the one with red buds, supposedly more twigging and finer leaves.
As usual questions, just ask.
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