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Hamilton Bonsai Club Forums General Discussion Formal Upright Project

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  • Sandra Q
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    Aim: Use techniques of Bonsai to develop a Formal Upright Esq Bonsai. (Esq = aspiring to be)

    Using: Golden Totara as material. The Totaras can be brought from the club in April or you can use a tree of your own. Photos are attached of the Totaras available.

    Start: at the May Bonsai Club meeting 2017 with pruning techniques.

    Duration: 1 1/2 years May 2017 to October 2018 annual show, where there will be a display of the Formal Upright Bonsai created.
    (Journals and photographic records will be needed please.)

    Sandra Q
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    We now have 16 Golden Totara ordered by members.
    Experienced members can use any spices of tree.
    We have asked that the less experienced use the Golden Totaras Peter S is going to get.
    That way we can work on the same spices for pruning techniques, re-potting, wiring, and care.

    Peter S
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    I still have not bought the Totara trees Sandra. If still needed, how many ?

    Sandra Q
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    Yes please Peter.
    We had orders for 16 Totara in Feb but we haven’t see some people since and
    some people weren’t there.
    Are you able to look after any extra that are not used strait away?
    Otherwise bye 16 please

    Sandra Q
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    There was a question at the meeting this month about the Totara we worked on which is the  Formal Upright Project.

    Over winter there is not a lot needed in the way of work. Some of the trees have wire on them to sort out the primary branches and try to straiten the trunk as much as possible. Totara don’t mark that badly so the wire can stay on over winter.

    Very young Golden Totara tend to be a bit frost tender so shelter them if needed.

    Last October we re-potted the Totara and sorted out the root systems as much as possible.

    Over summer most will have grown and may have needed pruning once or twice.

    This year we have a workshop again where we can do another re-potting if needed and wire them to sort out the secondary branches.

    The project will conclude in October this year and the resulting Bonsai will be shown at our show.

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