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Re: Small fat Buxus harlandii

Postby Brian Anthony » September 4th, 2017, 2:45 pm

all your Buxus are on point by the way! :tu:
the bark on this species is crazy
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Re: Small fat Buxus harlandii

Postby Grant Bowie » September 4th, 2017, 2:51 pm

banong wrote:Hi Grant,

I purchased a Buxus Harlandii a few months ago, cut it back hard, there is a fair bit of new growth now, should I be pinching all the leaves that are not needed on the trunk?

Cheers in advance.


I tend to tip pinch the growth I want to keep all over and completely remove unwanted growth back to the trunk where necessary. Some times you almost have to dig out the growth which can leave a little damage so best to do it early and get healing from the coming season.

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Re: Small fat Buxus harlandii

Postby Grant Bowie » October 30th, 2017, 8:16 am

As seen at recent CBS show. Both Buxus were in flower but towards the end of their season.

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Grey Izumiya pot, accompanying tree is an Ash in a PK pot.



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Pot by Graham C, accompanying tree is a Satsuki azalea in a colourful Yozan pot.


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Re: Small fat Buxus harlandii

Postby Matthew » October 30th, 2017, 10:05 am

Grant
Beautiful I do like those Buxus and proberly a underused species . Like the pot combo on that azealea to.
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Re: Small fat Buxus harlandii

Postby Ulf » October 30th, 2017, 2:00 pm

I LOVE this tree! Thank you so much for sharing this, I am going out to find a few for myself!
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Re: Small fat Buxus harlandii

Postby Grant Bowie » December 14th, 2018, 9:52 am

Update,

Untrimmed and in a new Australian pot bought at CBS show 18 months ago. All the buxus are growing like crazy at the moment.

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Re: Small fat Buxus harlandii

Postby MJL » December 14th, 2018, 8:59 pm

Grant Bowie wrote:Update,

Untrimmed and in a new Australian pot bought at CBS show 18 months ago. All the buxus are growing like crazy at the moment.

IMG_7953.jpg


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Thanks for this thread Grant - much appreciated. The various Buxus pictured are all wonderful. This last photo of the untrimmed Buxus in a new pot is my favourite. Am I right in that this the tree that started the thread?

Also - are you able to provide some guidance on how you decide on pots for your Shohin trees?

I ask because my eye is usually drawn (i.e. - I prefer) the trees slightly offset in a rectangle pot; I think the rectangle is chosen because it allows you to offset the tree to balance the branches that grow to the other side of the pot. Like the example above.

When a round or square pot is chosen, I assume that this is because the tree is nearly an isosceles triangle and thus - there's no need to bias one way or t'other and the tree centred in a round pot creates the base of the triangular design. If that assumption is correct - I then move onto size. What I am having trouble understanding is when a round or square pot is chosen it looks like the broad trunk almost fills the pot (see your update in this thread of December 20, 2016) and I note further, that is often the way with many mature Shohin bonsai when I view other images online.

My amateur eye would be to position such a tree a slightly larger diameter, shallow round pot - to give some negative or free space between the trunk and the sides on the pot. This is clearly not the way many trees are positioned and hence my question ... so that I can better understand the design principles. Again, I guess it is to give the tree a sense of solid foundation - even with its relatively small size.

Any thoughts or guidance would be appreciated.

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Re: Small fat Buxus harlandii

Postby Grant Bowie » December 15th, 2018, 7:38 am

Hi,

With the tree in question it is very fat at the base and the roots dictate to a large extent where it can be positioned. It is positioned slightly off centre to my eye and is not a problem. I really liked the pot when I saw it and I dont feel it needs a shallower pot to show off its base; it’s quite visible as is.

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Re: Small fat Buxus harlandii

Postby MJL » December 15th, 2018, 8:15 am

Thanks Grant. Also, please be assured - I am not questioning your judgment - all the trees look amazing; rather it’s my eye and my mind that I am trying to train. I know that I always over-pot - a habit that I am trying to change! I note that many Shohin trees from many growers are in very snug fits; I can learn from this.

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