Last December at EUK Bonsai Ten in Diepenbeek Belgium, I bought two tubs of Tibolar-RS NPK 13-6-2 and NPK 4-6-2 where the trader had a table.
I started to used the NPK 13-6-2 on established yamadori quite early in the year as the winter was not cold at all, we only had two days where the temperature dropped below freezing so early feeding was possible on the trees that I wanted to have accelerated growth. These are trees that have been collected one year and I want a large amount of new growth and to build a solid root mass. I do not feed newly collected Yamadori until at least 2 months after collecting and only then if they have responded well. I used a teaspoon of the feed sprinkled onto the soil surface of each pot and then gently watered in.
On my established trees I started to use NPK 4-6-2 mid March, I used this balanced feed as I did not want growth that would be too vigorous and take the trees out of shape.
It’s now six months since I started to use this fertilizer and I am honestly staggered at how the trees have responded. This first became apparent around June/July when visitors to the garden remarked how healthy and vibrant the trees looked (when you see the trees every day you do not notice the changes) Its now September and the Crateagus and Prunus species are full of fruit and still bright green with no discolouring on the leaves. The established Yews and Pines have strong back budding this bodes well for next year and the fullness of the foliage.
Without doubt the most dramatic change has been the growth on the established yamadori. I used NPK 13-6-2 to boost the growth and the response, in particular by the Yew trees, has been staggering. The photos speak for themselves.
I do not make a habit of endorsing products as I have many friends in the bonsai trade however Tibolar-Rs Organic Bonsai Fertilizer is quite simply the most amazing ‘new’ product I have used… and I have NOT been paid to say this!
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I collected this Yamadori Yew in 2011, the tree was very slow to establish in the first couple of years, this is due to the cambium layer being very thin because the hard growing conditions that the tree suffered. In the third year the tree thrives and this year the growth has been very strong. With very old trees such as this it’s important that you wait for the growth of the foliage to be robust and vigorous for the future development of the tree, start work too early and you could set back development or worse kill the tree!
The work undertaken this week was to remove the thick upright deadwood branches, clear the smaller dead branches near the base of the tree and reposition the whole into the ‘final’ planting position. The tree will be left for a couple of years to extend and fill out the foliage mass. I will then work on the deadwood and finally sand blast to clean and smooth out some of the rough areas. Then the first styling will take place, another year in the box and finally planting into a training pot. The foliage mass will take at least 10 years to achieve the virtual image… but I can wait if the end result will look something like this.
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Here are a few Kusamono and Hostas today
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I was a guest artist at the Bonsai Triennale, 20-22. June 2014, Pillnitz, Dresden, Germany.
The Bonsai Triennale is the joint project of the Central German Bonsai Regional Association and the National Bonsai organisations in Poland and the Czech Republic it’s in the fourth edition and returns after 2011. The event took place in the beautiful ambience of the orangery of the castle and Pillnitz
Almost 2000 visitors enjoyed a high level exhibition and a packed program of demos and lectures. What impressed me the most was the team behind the show.
Having a good team is crucial to the success of a Bonsai show, you have to have people you can rely on, who work hard and are prepared to take on any job to ensure that the event is a great experience for visitors.
I did not see the build up of the show but witnessed the breakdown, the guys and girls worked like a well-oiled machine; everyone knew EXACTLY what to do and where to be to clear the venue as quickly as possible. The whole event was cleared in under 2 hours… AND they were not happy as they had done if faster on previous occasions… Germany Efficiency you better believe it!
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