Casurina Shohin : Smallest Yet?

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Casurina Shohin : Smallest Yet?

Post  lnvinh on Thu May 26, 2011 1:04 am

This tree was trained about 3 years. From a straight trunk segment 4cm only, after 2 times cut within 2 years, there have been 13cm tall tree as shown.






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Post  cosmos on Thu May 26, 2011 2:02 pm

Hi Invinh
Nice tree. I love casaurinas and I have been training seedlings that I have grown from seeds. Some of them are like the one you showed; already showing character and vigour. Thanks for sharing.
What mix do you use?

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Post  dorothy7774 on Fri May 27, 2011 3:20 am

Cute tree. Mine was as small when I collected it years ago and then it grew out of mini size. It's about 7 inches now.



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Post  lnvinh on Fri May 27, 2011 4:45 am

cosmos wrote:Hi Invinh
Nice tree. I love casaurinas and I have been training seedlings that I have grown from seeds. Some of them are like the one you showed; already showing character and vigour. Thanks for sharing.
What mix do you use?

Cosmos

I use 100% sand and fine gravel.

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Post  lnvinh on Fri May 27, 2011 4:51 am

dorothy7774 wrote:Cute tree. Mine was as small when I collected it years ago and then it grew out of mini size. It's about 7 inches now.



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Your tree is so cute, you take good care of it. Your trees look like my tree. How do you make leaves so short?

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Post  dorothy7774 on Fri May 27, 2011 1:33 pm

Thank you, Invinh. Yes, they look very similar. I prune the "needles" short from time to time. Here is a pic before with some long needles:



Here is the "sister", they were both growing next to each other when I collected them:





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Post  Ed Trout on Fri May 27, 2011 2:41 pm


Beautiful work Dorothy & Invinh !!

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Post  lnvinh on Sat May 28, 2011 1:01 am

dorothy7774 wrote:Thank you, Invinh. Yes, they look very similar. I prune the "needles" short from time to time. Here is a pic before with some long needles:



Here is the "sister", they were both growing next to each other when I collected them:


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dorothy

Thank you for sharing, Dorothy. Your way is very good. I will do it this way. Usually I soak it in water tray, this also makes smaller leaves and shorter as the original tree.

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Post  newzealandteatree on Sat May 28, 2011 4:28 am

This is one of my tiny air-layered she-oak. Height 8 cm base 4.5cm




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Post  cosmos on Sat May 28, 2011 6:41 pm

Hi CJ
That is an awesome sumo casaurina. I like it.

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Post  lnvinh on Sat May 28, 2011 11:24 pm

newzealandteatree wrote:This is one of my tiny air-layered she-oak. Height 8 cm base 4.5cm




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OH, So Cute. Thanks CJ. Really is a tiny tree. The question continued, "So there must be a minimum tree yet?"

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Post  dorothy7774 on Sat May 28, 2011 11:34 pm

Thanks Ed. Very lovely, CJ.

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Post  newzealandteatree on Sun May 29, 2011 4:39 am

Cosmos, Dorothy, Thanks.
Invinh, there must be smaller one still out there. I do have some smaller ones but they are not ready for show yet. It is easy to make small bonsai with this specie as they can be air-layered easily. I just train them on the big tree and when they are about ready, I air-layer them. In 6 months there should be sufficient roots to put them into bonsai pot.

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Post  Brett Summers on Sun May 29, 2011 7:48 am

Hey Cj ya should have entered that ripper in our Aus native contest Wink
I just entered this one in the less than 1 year in training category 12cm high

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Post  newzealandteatree on Sun May 29, 2011 9:07 am

Hi Brett, ya tree has a very interest trunk with good taper. Take care of the branches and in 1 more year, ya should have a stunner. Me enjoy creating more than winning awards. She-oak is such wonderful material for big and small bonsai. Problem is the exceptionally fast growth which requires intensive maintenance. This one still under development. Height 5 cm base 4 cm.



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Post  cosmos on Sun May 29, 2011 4:46 pm

Hi CJ
I see that you use scissors to prune becuase it leaves a tell-tale sign at the tips. This is allowed in the begining but when you need to exhibit the tree it is best to just pluck short.

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Post  newzealandteatree on Sun May 29, 2011 5:24 pm

Hi Cosmos, when the needles are long and old, cutting with scissor is the best way to shorten them. Breaking the needles with bare hands will take too long and not necessary as the needles grow back in days. Subsequent trimming will be done with bare hands. The new growths are easier to pluck. From my experiences, growth of more than a month are tougher to break. This is one of my she-oak which has been pluck with bare hands for the last few years.



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Post  lnvinh on Mon May 30, 2011 12:45 am

Brett Summers wrote:Hey Cj ya should have entered that ripper in our Aus native contest Wink
I just entered this one in the less than 1 year in training category 12cm high

Thanks Brett Summers, Skin your tree look too impressive. Looks like the leaves of this type sometimes turn red color?

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Post  lnvinh on Mon May 30, 2011 12:53 am

newzealandteatree wrote:Hi Brett, ya tree has a very interest trunk with good taper. Take care of the branches and in 1 more year, ya should have a stunner. Me enjoy creating more than winning awards. She-oak is such wonderful material for big and small bonsai. Problem is the exceptionally fast growth which requires intensive maintenance. This one still under development. Height 5 cm base 4 cm.



Cheers,

CJ

Probably the smallest trees. If your tree branches as long as the other bonsai will probably become "First Casurina Mame". Congratulations.

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Post  lnvinh on Mon May 30, 2011 1:08 am

newzealandteatree wrote:Hi Cosmos, when the needles are long and old, cutting with scissor is the best way to shorten them. Breaking the needles with bare hands will take too long and not necessary as the needles grow back in days. Subsequent trimming will be done with bare hands. The new growths are easier to pluck. From my experiences, growth of more than a month are tougher to break. This is one of my she-oak which has been pluck with bare hands for the last few years.



Cheers,

CJ

Thanks newzealandteatree, Have Cutting the Top leaves to make a blackish?

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