My Smallest NZ Tea Tree

Page 1 of 2 1, 2  Next

View previous topic View next topic Go down

My Smallest NZ Tea Tree

Post  newzealandteatree on Thu Mar 03, 2011 8:23 am

My smallest NZ Tea Tree bonsai is in bloom. It measures 2 inches (about 5.2 cm). It is over 2 years old and the challenge for me is to keep it alive for as long as possible. NZ Tea Tree is a very difficult specie to bonsai. The BCI specie guide called it "The ultimate forbidden bonsai". http://www.bonsai-bci.com/species/nztea.html.
Hope u enjoy it.

CJ

http://newzealandteatreebonsai.blogspot.com/




newzealandteatree
Member


Back to top Go down

Re: My Smallest NZ Tea Tree

Post  sunip on Thu Mar 03, 2011 8:28 am

newzealandteatree wrote:My smallest NZ Tea Tree bonsai is in bloom. It measures 2 inches (about 5.2 cm). It is over 2 years old and the challenge for me is to keep it alive for as long as possible. NZ Tea Tree is a very difficult specie to bonsai. The BCI specie guide called it "The ultimate forbidden bonsai". http://www.bonsai-bci.com/species/nztea.html.
Hope u enjoy it.

CJ

http://newzealandteatreebonsai.blogspot.com/



Hi,
I don't see anything, i can not get to the server???
regards, Sunip

sunip
Member


Back to top Go down

My Smallest NZ Tea Tree

Post  sunip on Thu Mar 03, 2011 8:31 am

Got him.
A real treasure, sure the ultimate secret.
regards, Sunip Wink

sunip
Member


Back to top Go down

Re: My Smallest NZ Tea Tree

Post  Guest on Thu Mar 03, 2011 8:36 am

Beautiful small piece CJ.

Regards
Morten Albek

Guest
Guest


Back to top Go down

My smallest NZ Tea Tree

Post  sunip on Thu Mar 03, 2011 9:02 am

Hello Morten,

You never get old enough to be amazed,
but today you did the job.
That avatar of yours!!! Laughing
regards, Sunip

sunip
Member


Back to top Go down

Re: My Smallest NZ Tea Tree

Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Thu Mar 03, 2011 10:18 am

I agree about the difficulty, I have killed every one I tried. I would like to learn the secret.

Billy M. Rhodes
Member


Back to top Go down

Re: My Smallest NZ Tea Tree

Post  Todd Ellis on Thu Mar 03, 2011 12:06 pm

Love your tree,love your elephant!
Best,Todd

Todd Ellis
Member


Back to top Go down

Re: My Smallest NZ Tea Tree

Post  newzealandteatree on Fri Mar 04, 2011 3:56 am

Sunip, Morten,Bill,Todd,

I am happy that u enjoy my creation.
The NZ Tea Tree demands continuous intensive care and attention. I killed 3 dozens before leaning to take care of them to their satisfactions. Here are some general guidelines. I got to warn u that I am still learning and moreover the weather in Perth, Western Australia could be very different from yours.
Always keep the top soil moist. Never completely defoliate. No bare rooting, clean cut to reduce roots. Feed them well. Protect them from intensely hot day (over 35c). Good luck but if u fail don't blame me.

Regards.

CJ
http://newzealandteatreebonsai.blogspot.com/

newzealandteatree
Member


Back to top Go down

Re: My Smallest NZ Tea Tree

Post  newzealandteatree on Mon Mar 07, 2011 2:11 am

This morning I cleaned up and photo this fella. At 6cm tall it is a shade larger than the first fella. Both are Leptospermun Scoparium Red Damask.
Enjoy and Cheers.
CJ
http://newzealandteatreebonsai.blogspot.com/


newzealandteatree
Member


Back to top Go down

Re: My Smallest NZ Tea Tree

Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Mon Mar 07, 2011 10:32 am

What are you using for soil?

It is interesting, that here in Florida they seem to do fine in nursery pots and in the ground.

Billy M. Rhodes
Member


Back to top Go down

Re: My Smallest NZ Tea Tree

Post  newzealandteatree on Mon Mar 07, 2011 1:46 pm

Billy, my potting mix is a combination of fine river sand(40%) and ordinary Australian Standard Potting Mix (60%). A ex-nursery owner told me that they usually lose 50% of their NZ tea tree stocks. In this sense I am doing much better. I still lose some every year but the % is about 5% depending on the summer weather which can be quiet extreme. In any case I also lose some of the other species due to size of my collection. Sometime they topple over and I missed them or when the automatic reticulation failed to deliver water to certain area and that sort of things. Hope that helps.

Cheers and regards.

CJ


newzealandteatree
Member


Back to top Go down

Re: My Smallest NZ Tea Tree

Post  anttal63 on Mon Mar 07, 2011 11:27 pm

Very nice CJ love your blog too!!! cheers

anttal63
Member


Back to top Go down

Re: My Smallest NZ Tea Tree

Post  Charles M on Tue Mar 08, 2011 1:13 am

I love the bottlebrush tree on your blog -- we sometimes use those for bonsai here in California.

Charles M
Member


Back to top Go down

Re: My Smallest NZ Tea Tree

Post  newzealandteatree on Tue Mar 08, 2011 3:12 am

Antonio,
Thanks. Will you be coming to Perth in May ? I am preparing a number of my trees for the exhibition. Hopefully I can coaxed them to flower by then.

Charles,
The bottlebrush is a very good species to bonsai. They are hardy, have impressive barks, good foliage reduction. Spectacular flowers in Spring without fail and if well taken care off a second season of flowers immediately after. The flowers can also be reduced in size which is pretty rare. They grow easily from seed or cutting. Highly recommended if your weather suits.

Cheers and regards.

CJ
http://newzealandteatreebonsai.blogspot.com/

newzealandteatree
Member


Back to top Go down

Styling

Post  gordonb on Wed Mar 09, 2011 12:58 am

Do you use more clip-and-grow, or do you wire extensively?? [I'm often worried I'll forget the wire and damage the bark.] Mine are still in the root-ball reduction phase, I'm doing it over 3-4 years

gordonb
Member


Back to top Go down

Re: My Smallest NZ Tea Tree

Post  newzealandteatree on Wed Mar 09, 2011 6:30 am

Gordon, I do use wire to train my trees. Gradual root reduction is the more cautious approach. I have managed to reduce the root mass by 70% in one go.

Cheers and regards.

CJ
http://newzealandteatreebonsai.blogspot.com/

newzealandteatree
Member


Back to top Go down

Azalea is even more tiny than my smallest NZ Tea Tree

Post  newzealandteatree on Tue Mar 22, 2011 9:11 am

Today, I potted this tiny 4 years old azalea saotome into a proper bonsai pot. It has been growing in this recycled plastic container all its' life. At about 4cm it is smaller than my smallest NZ Tea Tree bonsai. Hope u enjoy it.





Last edited by newzealandteatree on Wed Mar 23, 2011 4:25 am; edited 1 time in total (Reason for editing : corrected spelling)

newzealandteatree
Member


Back to top Go down

Re: My Smallest NZ Tea Tree

Post  sunip on Tue Mar 22, 2011 12:30 pm

Hello Newzealandteatree,
My first taught was, does he flower the same as the pot suggest?
But then, do i read it right, they don't flower?
regards, Sunip Wink

sunip
Member


Back to top Go down

Re: My Smallest NZ Tea Tree

Post  sunip on Tue Mar 22, 2011 12:33 pm

thought-impression!
Sunip

sunip
Member


Back to top Go down

Re: My Smallest NZ Tea Tree

Post  newzealandteatree on Tue Mar 22, 2011 2:15 pm

Sunip, this zalea saotome has small leaves but NO flower. There is an azalea (forgotten name) which has even smaller leaves and nice tiny flowers. However, I have problem making bonsai out of them. I killed about a dozen and just don't have the time to continue experimenting with them. Moreover I cannot get anymore of such azalea as my supplier (I think the only one in Perth) don't propagate them anymore.

Cheers and Regards.

CJ
http://newzealandteatreebonsai.blogspot.com/


Last edited by newzealandteatree on Wed Mar 23, 2011 4:26 am; edited 1 time in total (Reason for editing : corrected spelling)

newzealandteatree
Member


Back to top Go down

Re: My Smallest NZ Tea Tree

Post  Glaucus on Tue Mar 22, 2011 6:29 pm

I have heard about the 'Saotome' kurume that was selected purely for foliage. It rarely blooms. It probably has to mutate to bloom.


Glaucus
Member


Back to top Go down

Re: My Smallest NZ Tea Tree

Post  paulzie32 on Tue Mar 22, 2011 9:52 pm

Very Nice! I love the tree in your avatar.

paulzie32
Member


Back to top Go down

Re: My Smallest NZ Tea Tree

Post  newzealandteatree on Wed Mar 23, 2011 4:23 am

Glaucus, thanks for the correct spelling. I was too lazy to check it up. I am a little confused when I googled and find this site http://www.backyardgardener.com/plantname/pda_40c2.html. It seems the Rhodendendron (Saotome Kurume Azalea) do flowers. I have been told that the one I had don't flower. My experiences back that up. I have been growing them for over 10 years and still no flower. I will love to see flowers on my saotome. Anyone out there with experiences with Saotome Azalea, please help.

Paulzie32, thanks. My avatar is one of my NZ Tea Tree Bonsai in full bloom. Here is the photo:


Cheers and Regards.

CJ
http://newzealandteatreebonsai.blogspot.com/

newzealandteatree
Member


Back to top Go down

Re: My Smallest NZ Tea Tree

Post  paulzie32 on Wed Mar 23, 2011 9:20 pm

Thanks.

I saw it on your blog. You labeled it as Leptospermum Scoparium. Is that one of the tea trees?

Nice!

paulzie32
Member


Back to top Go down

Re: My Smallest NZ Tea Tree

Post  newzealandteatree on Thu Mar 24, 2011 2:30 am

Paulzie32, u r welcome. Yes the Leptospermum Scoparium is commonly known as NZ Tea Tree or Manuka in Western Australia and New Zealand. I am not sure about other part of Australia. It is the tree in which they extracted the Tea Tree Oil which is reputed to have healing abilities. The Manuka honey is also highly valued for their healing abilities and is very expensive. I personally know that it can stop a sore throat when taken in the early stages of the outbreak. Seems tests have shown that it kills the antibiotic resistance strain of bacteria in the hospital.

Cheers and Regards.

CJ
http://newzealandteatreebonsai.blogspot.com/

newzealandteatree
Member


Back to top Go down

Re: My Smallest NZ Tea Tree

Post  Sponsored content Today at 2:29 pm


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

Page 1 of 2 1, 2  Next

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum