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UPDATE: Bonsai, Coast Live Oak

Posted by Jason on November 19, 2008

So my wonderful Oakie started out like this from the Kuma Bonsai Nursery in Lakeside, CA. I got it for a great price by the way, with some free advice thrown in;-)

Pre-Chop Status

Pre-Chop Status

Then I gave him a whack with my trusty saw and now he looks like this:

Freshly Butched

Freshly Butched

Now, 3 weeks later, check out all of the progress he’s made! TA-DAAAA!!! I was a little worried since a bonsaiTALK master said he wouldn’t have done as crazy of a chop at this time of year, but he’s in Northern California and things are a bit different.

 

3 weeks later

3 weeks later

So I’ll let all those new leaves grow out for a while -which will fatten the trunk as well- then I’ll cut off or cut back the ones that I don’t want. I still haven’t made any big style decisions, but that will come later.

All over the trunk!

All over the trunk!

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Meet my trees!

Posted by Jason on November 14, 2008

Here they are! As you can see, most of them are in very early stages of training. You’ve already met a couple of them in other bonsai posts. Here goes!

This is Little Ollie, my first olive tree that I got from my first beginner bonsai class. Hopefully within like 10 years the wound on his right side will heal. He has been in his pot since August, 08.

Little Ollie

Little Ollie

This is Nano, the juniperus procumbens nana, and I bought him at a nursery center when I knew nothing about bonsai. I think this was actually my first purchase, but this is kind of my red-headed step-tree and I don’t know what I’m going to do with him. Nano qualifies for “stick in a pot” status.

Nano

Nano

Next comes Pine Doe. I won this little dude in a club raffle, and I have absolutely no clue what species he is. However, Pine Doe has very good taper up toward his apex, but not a lot of flare at the base.

Pine Doe

Pine Doe

Pepe, the San Jose Juniper, is our next victim. I’ve been working on him in my second beginner class. I just potted him in early November 08, and he’s kinda wild.

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Pepe, the San Jose Juniper

Big Ollie is another olive tree that I bought from a nursery store. I chopped him down quite a bit in the first few days after I bought him. Big Ollie is recovering quite well, and that means he’s due for another big chop in late winter.

After His 1st Haircut

Big Ollie

And now my prized tree, Oakie…well, not like he’s won any prizes, but he’s the biggest and most expensive tree in my little clan. He’s a Coast Live Oak (quercus agrifolia), one of the most majestic trees that are native to my great state. Oakie has been recovering quite well from his previous amputations (see an earlier post), as can be seen by numerous leaves and buds popping up all over his trunk.

Oakie

Oakie

Well, there’s the family. I have some twin Sycamore trees that are in the works, so I’ll post some pics once I get them split into their own pots. For now, though, I would love to know which tree you all like the best.

VOTE EARLY AND VOTE OFTEN!!!

PS I know the names are totally corny, but whatever…

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Bonsai, Coast Live Oak

Posted by Jason on November 7, 2008

 

So this is my first bonsai post. Here goes…banzai!!! Okay that was a bad joke comparing two oft confused Japanese words. World, meet Oakie. He’s my first “real” bonsai purchase from a “real” bonsai nursery. I got him for cheap because, even though he is in a bonsai pot, he’s still considered pre-bonsai or potensai because of all the work that needs to be done developing his branch structure to produce the impression of age. Oakie started out with way too much foliage that was too high up on the tree, relative to how thick his trunk is:

Fresh from the nursery.

Fresh from the nursery.

So, at the recommendation of the nursery owner, I decided to give Oakie a whack with my handy dandy saw and cutters. This will keep the proportion of height to girth and, after several years, will help Oakie look more like a venerable old oak tree than a mere sapling. Post-chop height is about 15 inches from the top rim of the pot, so he’s not tiny by any means!

Oh the humanity!

Oh, the humanity!

Now you can’t just go around whacking trees down to 1 pair of leaves and expect them all to live. This trunk chop will be successful because I did it just before the growing season AND because this species sprouts well from new buds after trauma. Pine trees can’t take this sort of abuse. While cutting off so much foliage stresses poor Oakie, most of his energy is still stored in the roots this time of year and he’s just now getting ready to push out new leaf buds for the winter growing season. Since I limited the amount of avenues for growth by chopping these avenues off, the areas that remain will grow a ton pretty soon (crosses fingers).

At the time of this post (two weeks post-chop), there are a ton of buds getting ready to bust out into little leaves all over the trunk. Also, a new pair of leaves has developed just below the first pair. I think it’s working! More to follow on Oakie and his kin…

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