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14TB

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"Question for bonsai people" 6:37pm Saturday 27th Mar | Moved from Chat


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Any idea why the main trunk of this otherwise healthy Rhododendron is dead.





Tony




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RoyH

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"RE: Question for bonsai people" 8:54am Sunday 28th Mar


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Hi Tony, not sure whats caused the die back of that trunk, but the soil surface needs to be free of all weeds & i believe the one thats filling this pot is pearlwort & the roots will surround the pot & potentially deprive your tree of any nutrients.

other causes of dieback could be poor drainage = water logged soil so when was it last repotted?

if the soil is constantly wet this would soak up the trunk & potentially cause the trunk to rot?

the species guide on this web site is a very valuable source of information: -
http://bonsai4me.com/species_guide.html


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14TB

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"RE: Question for bonsai people" 9:07am Sunday 28th Mar


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Thanks Roy,

Two years since I repotted had planned to repot once flowering has finished ,do you think I should do that before?

Am not very good at this but pleased with how some of my little trees are doing,probably they look rubbish to experts lol.


Tony




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RoyH

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"RE: Question for bonsai people" 11:03am Sunday 28th Mar


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Hi Tony, i have no experience with rhododendron / azalea bonsai so this care guide below will be of some help

https://www.bonsaiempire.com/tree-species/azalea




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14TB

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"RE: Question for bonsai people" 1:51pm Sunday 28th Mar


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Thank you Roy,
I am going to learn a little bit at a time. For many years at koi club meetings I switched off when we had bonsai talks really wish I hadn't.


Tony




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koiboy01

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"RE: Question for bonsai people" 5:07pm Monday 24th May


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Hi,
I would take all the flowers off and get it repotted as you say the trunk is dead in doing that you may save a bit of life somewhere, you cannot loose anything as you say the trunks dead now.
George


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14TB

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"RE: Question for bonsai people" 10:41pm Monday 12th Jul


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Thanks George


Tony




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