Callistemon Pityoides "Sieberi"

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Callistemon Pityoides "Sieberi"

Post by Watto » December 26th, 2015, 8:43 pm

Alpine Bottlebrush - Inspired by a recent post by Sno on this species, I thought I would post a couple of photos of mine. I bought a seedling quite a few years ago and the plan was to grow a shohin that might in time go into a seven point Australian native shohin display. I didn't count on what appears to be a relatively slow rate of trunk growth rate and that's why I have been trimming and waiting for some time for the tree to show some signs of really being useful. I have tried a few methods but recently I have fertilized heavily and not trimmed so as to allow as much growth as possible.
Today I decided it was time for a trim as I think the trunk width is now just about suitable for a shohin bonsai.
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Re: Callistemon Pityoides "Sieberi"

Post by Watto » December 26th, 2015, 8:48 pm

The "leaves" on this species are quite sharp so a little bit of care is needed when working with these.
This species appears to be quite tough and I am confident that the little trim will not be too detrimental, but give the tree the basis for a good bonsai in the near future. This is a cold climate species so if anyone has any suggestions that would be appreciated.
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Re: Callistemon Pityoides "Sieberi"

Post by Theodore » December 26th, 2015, 8:51 pm

Cute little tree!

It appears that standard measure for the trees on Ausbonsai is a bottle of Pure Blonde!

Do I need to start including them in my pics??


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Re: Callistemon Pityoides "Sieberi"

Post by shibui » December 27th, 2015, 5:43 pm

I have been working with C. pityoides as well Watto and agree that they are very slow growing. The other issue I noted is that new growth is long, straight and few branches. I have wired some to get some movement but they still lack taper. Small leaves make them wort trying, just frustrated like you with slow development.
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For a while the standard measure was the AA battery Theo. The stubby seems to be favoured for larger trees. You can drink whatever you like but including something that everyone is familiar with as a size reference is very handy to gauge the scale of the tree.
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Re: Callistemon Pityoides "Sieberi"

Post by Watto » December 27th, 2015, 7:39 pm

The building of the base (trunk) although time consuming should, with luck, allow the top to be built around it. I will probably use the standard "two by two" method starting next season so I will let you know how it progresses.
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Re: Callistemon Pityoides "Sieberi"

Post by Sno » December 28th, 2015, 10:49 am

It looks like you achieved some good thickening of the base I'll be interested to see how the scarring goes while keeping it small for a shohin .i like the movement in this one it's quite dramatic . The pityoides that grow local around here are multi trunked and have a beautiful paperbark . Even though they grow in boggy soil most around here got burnt to the ground in the 2003 fires and are only thin trunked now , they 'grow slow' . A seven point native shohin display sounds very interesting.thanks for showing .

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Re: Callistemon Pityoides "Sieberi"

Post by Watto » February 16th, 2016, 5:27 pm

A bit of an up-date. I have been quite surprised at the growth around the cuts so I am now hopeful that this growth will assist in healing. I was also very pleased to see it flower, cute little yellow ones, and I am in the process of picking a pot for it.
The cobwebs around the flower is disappointing but I couldn't really see them until I saw the photos. I don't know if this is the "normal" time for flowering so maybe someone will be able to let me know?
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Re: Callistemon Pityoides "Sieberi"

Post by Boics » February 16th, 2016, 9:41 pm

Very cute flowers.
Will be interested how you manage to style this one.
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Re: Callistemon Pityoides "Sieberi"

Post by Watto » February 17th, 2016, 7:46 pm

It is still in the early stages of the progression, but the plan is still a shohin, and hopefully it will continue to flower.
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Re: Callistemon Pityoides "Sieberi"

Post by Ryceman3 » May 23rd, 2017, 1:30 pm

Hi there Watto... Just wondering if you have an update on this little guy... Maybe??
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Re: Callistemon Pityoides "Sieberi"

Post by Watto » May 23rd, 2017, 8:38 pm

This is powering along OK. Its still in the same pot but a purchase has been made. I will take an updated photo in the next couple of days and post one up.
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Re: Callistemon Pityoides "Sieberi"

Post by melbrackstone » May 23rd, 2017, 8:46 pm

I'm looking forward to seeing the next pics!

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Re: Callistemon Pityoides "Sieberi"

Post by Ryceman3 » May 23rd, 2017, 9:45 pm

Ditto... would love to see it (and the new pot) if you get a chance. :yes:
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Re: Callistemon Pityoides "Sieberi"

Post by Watto » May 26th, 2017, 9:19 am

I just need a bit of a nudge sometimes to get things moving, so here is the update photos.
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Re: Callistemon Pityoides "Sieberi"

Post by Ryceman3 » May 26th, 2017, 9:27 am

Watto wrote:I just need a bit of a nudge sometimes to get things moving, so here is the update photos.
Thanks Watto :yes:
I really like the movement you've got going in this little guy and it looks like it has plenty of new growth since your last post - plenty of options! Looking forward to watching it develop (and checking out the new pot when you get around to it...!)
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