Coastal Tea Tree design

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Re: Coastal Tea Tree design

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jarryd wrote:A real shame to here of your losses. These are really great stock material! super fun. Do you think it would be possible to achieve a similar result with a few extra years in a pot and reduce the risk of collecting them from grow beds.
Definitely. I'm going to trial a different system. That is - to leave them in the pots but place the pots on a growing bed and allow some roots to escape. That way when I cut off the escapees I know I have some root fibre still in captivity. :D
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treeman wrote: Definitely. I'm going to trial a different system. That is - to leave them in the pots but place the pots on a growing bed and allow some roots to escape. That way when I cut off the escapees I know I have some root fibre still in captivity. :D
I use this method with every piece of material I grow. I usually only let things grow 2 or 3 seasons from when the roots take hold in the ground. I've never had a problem with any of them this way.
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Great material.
I treat with caution when root pruning l. Laevigatum.
I too lost one with what u would consider "normal" pruning.
I've better luck with my current.. :fc:
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Re: Coastal Tea Tree design

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This is a brilliant thread. I am currently doing a few searches of the forum while on holiday ... prompted by a desire to understand more and the current native competition, I am looking to continue to learn more and apply knowledge. Threads like this are gold - pure gold.

Thanks Grant, Mike, Rory and others. I am a bit worried about potting up my new seedlings now ... yeah, ridiculous for me to be taking about worrying about seedlings when you folk are dealing with advanced stock but hey - we’re all in different phases of the art. :-)


I would also like to point out Grant’s tree at the start of this thread. Check it out. A new favourite Bonsai. :-) Wow!

I then realised I was lucky enough to see it at the National collection.
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Bloody good tree; bloody good thread.

Thanks again.

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Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend with a bit of time in the garden like myself. I'm Planning on getting one of my LL into a shallow bonsai pot for its first time.

Can anyone say if it is too late in the season to do this (In Melbourne, inner west)? Buds are still moving, and the tree can be positioned in either full sun or shade with a water tray. Tree is currently in a 150mm Orchid pot, with the intention of moving to a shallow 130mm bonsai pot.

If no good now I have no issue with waiting until later in the year, survival is priority for me.

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Pearcy001 wrote:Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend with a bit of time in the garden like myself. I'm Planning on getting one of my LL into a shallow bonsai pot for its first time.

Can anyone say if it is too late in the season to do this (In Melbourne, inner west)? Buds are still moving, and the tree can be positioned in either full sun or shade with a water tray. Tree is currently in a 150mm Orchid pot, with the intention of moving to a shallow 130mm bonsai pot.

If no good now I have no issue with waiting until later in the year, survival is priority for me.

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I don't think a shallow pot suits this species. I would lean toward a medium depth pot myself. (same as you would use for juniper) As for timing, give it another month for safety but if absolutely must......
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Re: Coastal Tea Tree design

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I think I"ve mentioned in this thread before.
Don't push too far root-pruning and reducing root balls.
I understand that after a few reductions one is a little safer with LL but I err on the side of caution with this fantastic species.
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