BAOBAB BONSAI- FEASIBLE STYLE?

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BAOBAB BONSAI- FEASIBLE STYLE?

Post  SOUMYA MITRA on Wed Oct 27, 2010 7:41 pm


This is a scene of Baobab tree in Africa- very useful tree .
There are other BAOBAB shapes such as seen in
MADAGASCAR.These tree are wonder of nature.
How can we incorporate such shapes in Bonsai.
Can we see if any one of our members tried such shape in Bonsai

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This is another BAOBAB shape- how far these are
feasible in Bonsai design can we have some insight?
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or this one? looks UGLY!=BEAUTIFUL

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Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Wed Oct 27, 2010 8:42 pm

They will not look like this in your lifetime. I am trying one, it has very large leaves and rampant growth.

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Post  Kev Bailey on Wed Oct 27, 2010 9:48 pm

I think the Baobab style is the root of all Sumo style trees.

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Post  JimLewis on Thu Oct 28, 2010 1:53 am

See the Charles Ceronio book I mentioned somewhere else. It has baobab style.

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Post  ogie on Thu Oct 28, 2010 4:43 am

Hello Somuya,
Nice one there,i like succulent plant,have a adenium socratranum???in the making,will post it soon,thanks for sharing
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MORE BAOBAB SHAPES!

Post  SOUMYA MITRA on Thu Oct 28, 2010 8:10 am

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THIS IS ANOTHER BAOBAB SHAPE[img][/img]

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Post  Jaco Kriek on Thu Oct 28, 2010 5:04 pm

Hi Soumya
Herewith a couple of examples of the Andansonia Digitata (African Baobab) used in the Baobab style.
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Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Thu Oct 28, 2010 5:19 pm

Very nice, have you been able to reduce the leaves much?

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Post  Russell Coker on Fri Oct 29, 2010 1:04 am

Jaco,

Those are AMAZING!!! Thanks for sharing.

R

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Post  Ravi Kiran on Sat Nov 06, 2010 5:23 pm

Hi Soumya,

of the three pics that you have posted, the first one is Adansonia Digitata and the second and third ones are Adansonia Grandidieri. Boababs have always inspired me to try out a tree in that style independent of the material actually being Baobab or not. I do have one Adansonia Digitata with me and am trying to shape it in the Grandidieri style but I am years away from the desired shape. As suggested in this thread by Alex, Adenium obesum (which is easily available in India) is a good species to try out the Baobab style as the surface of Adenium looks like that of a mature baobab tree.

Jaco,

You seem to be succesful where I am miles away from. Good development of your trees and the design. Keep it up ThumbsUp

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Ravi

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Post  gm.it.seacom on Mon Nov 08, 2010 7:29 am

Nice to see all the posts.
The baobab bonsais are nice.

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Post  ogie on Mon Nov 08, 2010 12:03 pm

Hi there.

Jaco...Nice one,inspired me o cultivate more,thanks for sharing

Billy....I have a friend who grew from seed,it's quite big right now{digitata}will try to post it & show you the leaves,it can be reduce.

Gm....let us try some more of this specie"FOR A CHANGE Smile '

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Alex


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Post  Khaimraj Seepersad on Mon Nov 08, 2010 12:51 pm

Jaco,

could you show the trees with leaves. Years ago I was gifted with a pound [ 1/2 kilo ] of Andansonia Digitata (African Baobab) seed. I gave up on them because of the leaf size.

Also how tall are these trees ?

I am asking as I did years ago of I believe, Guy Guidry with Swamp Cypress, and his response was 3 feet [ 90 cm ] for optimum showing. [ not an exact quote , memory.]
Thanks in Advance.
Khaimraj

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Post  Jaco Kriek on Tue Nov 09, 2010 6:49 am

Hi all
Those trees are not mine, I wish they were. They belong to club members and the pics were taken at exhibitions. They vary in size from probably 30cm to 80cm high. The leafs do not reduce much therefore they are displayed in winter without leafs.
Regards

The quality of this picture is bad. It is a landscape created with three small Baobab trees. Trees are about 15cm - 20cm high. Not mine either.



Two more trees in nature for inspiration. Note the eagles nest on the right on the first picture. The tree is in the north of South Africa.



This tree is in Luanda Angola at the offices of a construction site.


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Post  bumblebee on Wed Nov 10, 2010 12:19 am

What kind of low temperatures do these trees tolerate? I know they're all different, depending on which kind of baobab, but they must have smiliarities as well?

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Post  Jaco Kriek on Thu Nov 11, 2010 7:45 am

Libby

They cannot take frost at all and in the dormant period they get no water at all. If watered they rot. In fact lots of growers take them out of their pots in winter, shake off all the soil and hang them indoors away from moisture and cold. They are only replanted once they show new growth.

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No bad trees its just that some are better than otherts

Post  toggsie on Thu Nov 11, 2010 5:38 pm

JimLewis wrote:See the Charles Ceronio book I mentioned somewhere else. It has baobab style.
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Post  bumblebee on Fri Nov 12, 2010 12:46 am

I have a seedling about 3 ft high and skinny. Had a nicer one last year, but it rotted. I guess because I watered it. Oh well, try, try again.

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Post  Dan Barton on Thu Aug 11, 2011 12:51 pm

Jaco Kriek wrote:Hi Soumya
Herewith a couple of examples of the Andansonia Digitata (African Baobab) used in the Baobab style.
Regards










I planted some baobab seeds this year that Steve Tolley brought back from S. Africa for me and 4 have germinated and are doing well..... What compost do you recommend for them and at what point should I bring them into the house to protect from the frosts. At present I have them in my polytunnel. I think your trees are fab!

Cheers,

Dan

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Post  Jim Doiron on Thu Aug 11, 2011 1:48 pm

You could try another plant that resembles some of the characteristics. This is a bursera fagaroides or I think some call it an elephant tree. http://www.google.com/search?aq=2&oq=bursera+&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=bursera+fagaroides

It is a caudiciform so it naturally grows a fat trunk. I was given this one by a friend and have been pinching back and letting it fill out and have been thinking of flattening the top now that it has something up there to work with.

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