[NATURAL] Allocasuarina nana 2 - Rory

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[NATURAL] Allocasuarina nana 2 - Rory

Postby Rory » January 31st, 2019, 9:29 pm

Allocasuarina nana 2

From my experience and conditions, this casuarina grows best in a moderate draining mix, with about 30% river sand.
It doesn't appear to grow well under shaded conditions and branches tend to weaken if not exposed to a few hours sun a day. They are relatively hardy against any pests.

Trunk chops are not recommended at the base, as I found they can often die altogether if there is no remaining foliage on them. I leave a lot of foliage on the tree after a trunk chop.

This was acquired as a needle thin seedling and allowed to grow freely. It has been repotted once. It is given osmocote slow release fertilizer and power feed liquid fertilizer at full strength.

The internodes are quite short and its quite an 'adorable' casuarina once you maintain the basics.

Cost: $3

Private nursery outside Canberra (can't remember the name)

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Re: [NATURAL] Allocasuarina nana 2 - Rory

Postby Rory » February 11th, 2019, 8:59 am

Well this is going to be a good test of their hardiness.

I came back from a weekend away and a Euc branch had fallen and flicked the entire tree like a lever up out of the pot, leaving it lying up-ended roots exposed, in 35 degree heat. Awesome start :clap:
Not sure how long it had been exposed for but the roots were somewhat dryish. At least they had a small amount of mix still on the roots.

My big Casuarina cunninghamiana was not so lucky. It also had a massive Euc branch shear off a significant portion of the base. Thank you nature, you are going well at creating a very natural look for it. :clap: A recommended way of looking at it, is that it indeed looks more natural already, as the huge indented wound would never be something I'd contemplate, but the new growth coming from around the base is looking great. Always look for the opportunities along the way. Bonsai is about optimism and using what happens to enhance its natural appearance. :beer:
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Re: [NATURAL] Allocasuarina nana 2 - Rory

Postby alec » February 11th, 2019, 6:45 pm

Hi Rory,

I'm liking your optimism :tu: Good luck with the Allocasuarina
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Re: [NATURAL] Allocasuarina nana 2 - Rory

Postby Rory » April 8th, 2019, 2:05 pm

Just feeding and keeping it in good health at the moment.
I haven't done anything yet. I'm just letting it get a firm grip in the mix after its setback earlier this year.

I am finally in the prime period of growth with full sun because of the winter sun path at my house :tu: so I expect big things from this little guy soon.

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Re: [NATURAL] Allocasuarina nana 2 - Rory

Postby Rory » April 8th, 2019, 5:41 pm

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