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Duranta stump

Postby jgmansell » September 9th, 2017, 9:34 am

Hi all,
I view this site daily but rarely post due to the fact that I do not have any real bonsai skills, just a bonsai fan for about ten years but still very little ability to picture what the tree should look like before I start. I dug this Duranta yesterday from my daughters place as it was about to be removed and dumped. I would appreciate any info on this species, what is its chance of survival planted in a large container as I have very little space available? Shaping plans if it does survive? Planting angle? I live in Brisbane.
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Re: Duranta stump

Postby Keep Calm and Ramify » September 9th, 2017, 9:54 am

:wave: John,
Unfamiliar on the species info, but you have a wonderful opportunity for a fantastic raft style. :yes: for saving this plant & hope others here can help inform with the species care. We are all continually learning from questions like yours - so keep posting!
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Re: Duranta stump

Postby jgmansell » September 9th, 2017, 9:58 am

Thanks for the comments. That's one vote for raft style [THUMBS UP SIGN]


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Re: Duranta stump

Postby Bougy Fan » September 9th, 2017, 10:36 am

Hi John and welcome. I would do it as a slanting style. These things are pretty bulletproof so it should be OK in a styro box or even a plastic tub with some drainage holes drilled in it.
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Re: Duranta stump

Postby jgmansell » September 9th, 2017, 12:31 pm

Thanks Bougy Fan,
I have just bought a cheap plastic container so hopefully it will stand up to the sun for 12 months while it recovers. Good to hear that they are bullet proof, maybe even I can keep it alive. I will post again if it survives. :fc:
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Re: Duranta stump

Postby melbrackstone » September 9th, 2017, 12:52 pm

I think you should have a good chance of keeping it going ok, as long as you don't let it dry out while it's re-establishing itself.

Raft or slanting would be my suggestion too...but I don't think it matters until you've gotten it over the slump of being root pruned and repotted.

Good luck.
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Re: Duranta stump

Postby Lane » September 10th, 2017, 5:52 am

My first thought was raft style however it is a shame to waste such a beefy trunk so I would explore every possibility with upright or slanting first.
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Re: Duranta stump

Postby Keep Calm and Ramify » September 10th, 2017, 9:47 am

Lane wrote:My first thought was raft style however it is a shame to waste such a beefy trunk so I would explore every possibility with upright or slanting first.


:wave: Lane,
Curious as to why you think the beefy trunk might be wasted as a raft? :lost:
I was thinking raft like the below where most of the trunk would be still be fully exposed.
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Re: Duranta stump

Postby Thymetraveller » September 10th, 2017, 9:57 am

Wow!!!
That would makea beautiful raft!!!
That craggy trunk is practically a landscape on its own...
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Re: Duranta stump

Postby jgmansell » September 10th, 2017, 2:17 pm

Thanks to all who have given advice so far, it is very much appreciated. My first thought was that although it would make a great raft, there is plenty of dead wood that may end up hidden, although the picture posted by Lane could be a possibility. Still plenty of time to think about it before a decision is made. Will post again further down the track.


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Re: Duranta stump

Postby TrentAkhurst » September 10th, 2017, 6:43 pm

Pot and leave in shade for about 1 mth and gradually introduce sunlight over the next month. Maybe water once a week. Bit of seasol occasionally to help strengthen roots

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Re: Duranta stump

Postby jgmansell » September 10th, 2017, 6:54 pm

Thanks Trent. I have it in crate, watered with season, but might move into shadier position.


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Re: Duranta stump

Postby jgmansell » September 11th, 2017, 8:09 am

That should have said, watered with Seasol.


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