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Melaleucas

Postby Mevans » September 12th, 2017, 1:55 am

Hi all,

New to AusBonsai and I've been keeping bonsai for 2-3 years now.
Australian natives are definitely my biggest inspiration and where I hope to make the biggest contribution to bonsai culture.

My first Mel as of when I picked it up in Feb this year, unsure as to what species it is.
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Repotted this past weekend to work towards a slanted / windswept form.
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A recent pickup M. Incana with a very full head of hair and what I think is some fantastic shape to the branches. Will be thinning out the top to let more light in to inner branches. Apart from that I think it's likely ready for a bonsai pot as it stands.
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Was told this is a M. Cuticularis but am uncertain. It has a very smooth and steady curve to the trunk and could make a good upright tree.
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A proper Cuticularis is a goal tree of mine, seeing the gnarled forms they took down in windswept Esperance was what inspired me to look at Melaleuca in the first place.
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Re: Melaleucas

Postby shibui » September 12th, 2017, 7:14 pm

Lots of potential in those Mels :tu:
If that first one was in Eastern states I'd guess M. linarifolia but you sandgropers have lots of species that we don't often see over here so could be some other species.
You will need to do some serious pruning and wiring to make that one into a good windswept tree but I'm sure it will look great.
It must be a bit warmer in Perth. I don't usually start repotting natives until November over here. They seem to do better if root pruned while they are actively growing.

I'm looking forward to seeing these develop.
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Re: Melaleucas

Postby Watto » September 12th, 2017, 7:54 pm

Welcome to the forum, and thanks for the photos. Hope you enjoy the journey.
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Re: Melaleucas

Postby robb63 » September 12th, 2017, 8:21 pm

Hi Mevens
welcome to ausbonsai
I'm interested to see how your mels go this spring/summer.
Last year I repotted a couple late September and they were not too happy. I mean they
sulked and didn't start growing until early autumn. Could be different in Perth I guess.
My mel was heavily root pruned though and from old pot bound nursery stock :shake:
Hope they do well and you continue enjoying your bonsai journey
cheers
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Re: Melaleucas

Postby Mevans » September 14th, 2017, 6:44 pm

shibui wrote:Lots of potential in those Mels :tu:
It must be a bit warmer in Perth. I don't usually start repotting natives until November over here. They seem to do better if root pruned while they are actively growing.


Hopefully I wasn't too early on the repot, warmer weather has started to arrive though. I could see a bit of new growth but mostly saw the pretty compacted soil in which it was living.
Generally the tree was doing pretty okay as a sort of Broom style, but the long mostly plain branches didn't seem quite right and overall it just seemed a little dull looking.
Look for a future post requesting advice on the heavy pruning once it's recovered and settled well. :)


I also remembered that the last tree in my post was actually said by the seller to be a Swamp Paperbark, rather than a Saltwater Paperbark Cuticularis.
Below are a few photoshopped pictures of the tree, hiding the newest season's growth to show the existing branch structure.
At first I didn't really take a good look at the tree, I saw the paperbark and just bought it straight away for the future potential.Last night I let my eyes focus on just the paler green foliage from last season's growth and realised that there actually is some order to the tree, rather than haphazard growth all over. :palm:

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