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little fukien tea

Post  sixhunter on Mon May 18, 2009 2:01 pm


jus repotted so most prob will start working on the top after letting it recover for a 1-2months

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Post  Norma on Mon May 18, 2009 6:45 pm

Hi Six...,
It is a cute little fukien and the pot you chose is appropriate but I need to make one comment about your tie-down wiring. I noticed you did the same with your serissa which was to bring the wire up around the tree's trunk. The tie-down wire is to stabilize the roots in the pot thus the wire needs to go over the top of the roots.

Here is a picture of this procedure:

http://www.why-bonsai.com/bonsai_repotting.html

I was lucky to learn this from a basic bonsai class given by our club but many bonsai books also show the technique.

Good luck with your bonsai !

Norma

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Post  sixhunter on Tue May 19, 2009 1:19 am

roger ! learnt something agn =) thank you so much Norma

btw i cant do that cos the roots are very brittle at the moment and they can barely hold the whole plant up well, so it might add more pressure to it. infact only 1 wire goes in and under, another from the trunk goes out of the pot, arnd the side where theres a groove to jus hook it under to hold it =) i jus see watever i do and improvise them, unorthodox way lol

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Post  fiona on Tue May 19, 2009 7:39 am

Unorthodox is not always bad, that's for sure, and if you're saying there is not enough and/or a very brittle root structure then maybe you'd be right in not using the "conventional" tie down method. However, don't lose sight of the purpose of tying in - it is to anchor the tree in the pot so that the root system (or indeed the whole tree) is not damaged by the tree moving/rocking around in the pot. The roots anchor the tree to the ground in nature - in bonsai we are recreating that in a pot.

To that extent the tie wires need to be under a bit of tension. In your Fukien they seem quite loose, so I would suggest they are actually having little effect in anchoring the tree. Therefore you have added something which is spoiling the look of the tree and which isn't actually performing any real purpose. I'd get rid of it and just keep the tree sheltered from winds and any other objects that could cause it to move in the pot until you feel the root base is solid enough to tie it in conventionally. You'll surprised how quickly that happens.

BTW your Serissa on your other post is in the same position - the tie wire is spoiling the look and as it is quite loose is not really helping to anchor the tree. From your pics there appears to be a good root ball and certainly enough for a proper tie down. If it was mine I'd go conventional.

Sorry if this seems a bit harsh. In the grand scheme of things I'm relatively new to bonsai myself and I lost a couple of trees in the early days through poor tying in. Good luck!

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Post  sixhunter on Tue May 19, 2009 1:31 pm

thanks fionnghal, really appreciate it =) yup i will be more careful in future to come. All these will help me improve on my bonsai knowledge. Thanks so much =D

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