Jade (Portulacaria Afra) first styling

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Jade (Portulacaria Afra) first styling

Post  Ravi Kiran on Sat Feb 05, 2011 5:03 am

Hi,

Here is a first styling pic of a Jade that I picked up from a nursery (as usual) a couple of weeks ago. The trunk movement of this tree caught my eye from among a dozen others of the same species bunched together. I still am kicking myself for not taking a pic before I started working on this tree. But to quickly add, it was about 3 feet tall with multiple branches in almost all directions. The finished height is about 18 inches. I have attempted the chinese informal upright style with the first right branch extending a little longer than the corresponding left branch. Chopping the tree down to this has also given me some good cuttings which I hope to make into Shohin trees once they root. For those of you who don't know cuttings from Jade are the best. I am yet to see a cutting that has not rooted of Jade. No rooting harmone or any such thing. Just stick it in the soil and give it a couple of weeks or so and it will root.



I hope to transfer this tree from the present plastic bag to a growth pot in a few months, once the tree has settled.

Comments as always are most welcome.

Ravi Kiran
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Re: Jade (Portulacaria Afra) first styling

Post  Khaimraj Seepersad on Sat Feb 05, 2011 9:27 am

Well Ravi,

I have seen many fine examples of this shrub, and with tight pinching, I am sure you will join the long line of beautiful elephant bush bonsai.

At 30"[ 76 cm ] was there a large trunk?

To propagate, I just leave the cuttings in the air for a few days and then stick them in gravelly soil. I am giving the children away as gifts -chuckle - there are so many.
Thanks for taking the time to show.
Hope to see the future.
Khaimraj

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Post  Jerry Meislik on Sat Feb 05, 2011 3:45 pm

Ravi,
Waiting to see how you work this tree out.
Keep up the good work.
Jerry

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Re: Jade (Portulacaria Afra) first styling

Post  Ravi Kiran on Sun Feb 06, 2011 2:14 pm

Hi Khaimraj,

Thanks for your kind words.....

Jerry
Thanks also for your kind words. Coming from you I appreciate them very much. My guess is that the tree will need about a year or more likely two years to be anywhere near what I want it to be... Nevertheless will post an annual update....

Regards
Ravi

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