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Lavender flowers

Posted: August 4th, 2020, 8:59 pm
by Beau
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About 3 months ago I dug a reasonably old and fragile lavender from a garden, not very good bonsai quality's but I just really liked it.
When it was dug it had a few flowers that I removed, not sure if that's the right thing to do but thought it would help with moisture loss, it quickly pushed another few flowers which I also removed, 3 months down the track and its flowering again and was wondering if i should just let it grow freely for a while and let it retain some vigor?
These are pics of the new flowers
Cheers Beau
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Re: Lavender flowers

Posted: August 4th, 2020, 9:46 pm
by Beau
I've just had a closer look at the dates and its actually just over 2 months down the track not 3 :palm:

Re: Lavender flowers

Posted: August 4th, 2020, 10:14 pm
by Sno
Nice trunk Beau . Sunshine and water and a bit of fert for the next 12 months . The more growth in that time means more new roots and more options . I would enjoy the flower but I think you are right in not letting it flower too much while it settles in . I haven’t seen a lavender bonsai before so it will be interesting to see how it goes .

Re: Lavender flowers

Posted: August 5th, 2020, 6:44 am
by shibui
Lavender is often difficult to transplant. They will often grow a little and flower using the energy stored in the trunk and branches even if there are no new roots. Definitely just let it grow now and :fc: that it is also growing new roots. If it continues to grow through spring and into the warmer weather when water demand is high I would count it as a successful transplant and begin working with it a bit more.

Re: Lavender flowers

Posted: August 5th, 2020, 7:58 pm
by Beau
Thanks guys :fc: for some root growth, it is a bit of a concern as the base on one side has rotted away and I'm not sure how stable it would be without the guy-wires I've got in place

Re: Lavender flowers

Posted: August 5th, 2020, 8:00 pm
by boom64
Hi Beau ,Interesting looking trunk ,will look a treat with a full set of flowers. I collected a fairly old one last year ,the only trouble i have is when there is a lot of rain about . I potted up in a pretty fine mix ,not a good move . Will use a course free draining mix next re pot. Good luck with yours. Cheers John.

Re: Lavender flowers

Posted: August 9th, 2020, 9:12 pm
by Beau
Thought I'd share some pictures of a rosemary that I dug the same day, also a very interesting trunk, supposedly the same age as the lavender around 15 - 20 years old.
It was Laden with flowers, too many to remove so I didn't, from what I've read much more forgiving when transplant ing
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Re: Lavender flowers

Posted: August 9th, 2020, 9:14 pm
by Beau
not sure why it posted the first picture 3 times haha :lost:

Re: Lavender flowers

Posted: August 10th, 2020, 7:55 pm
by Raging Bull
:tu: Love the trunk on the rosemary! Great score with that one.

Re: Lavender flowers

Posted: August 11th, 2020, 6:40 am
by Watto
Rosemary are a difficult subject in my opinion. They dislike root disturbance (actually they hate it), they don't shoot back on old wood, branches are as stiff as a post so wiring is difficult. However they are beautiful and have amazing looking trunks.
I've got my fingers crossed for you and I wish you much luck as I personally love them.