Tuesday, April 14, 2009

lilac bonsai stumped - restart

This was a brilliantlilac bonsai three years ago. Then some branches started dying. And this winter the snow broke the rest and only left one pathetic branch. So I decided to start all over again. It will take five years and hopefuully the second edition will even be better.
Such is bonsai life! Like in a real family - ups and downs.



7 comments:

tivaa said...

Hi,
I would like to ask, what are you using against Tetranychus urticae? Every year are ruining my Lonicera leafs and the tree becomes very ugly untill summer...
NTL.

Walter Pall said...

I have never heard about this. I do nothing, well, I try to make my trees very happy and thus strenghening their immune system.
Modern substrate, lots of water every day, lots of feeding every ten days, lots of sun. That's it.

WP

Anonymous said...

In your lilac article you advised against using pure or almost pure grit. Do you use compost in your lilac substrate? If so, do you then water lilacs accordingly or aggressively as all others?

Walter Pall said...

Lilac is one of the few trees which should not be planted in pure modern substrate. Substrate 50% and compost 50% will do a much better job. I still water them aggressively. They are some of the strongest drinkers.

WP

Anonymous said...

I like the base of your lilac tree. I have a similarly sized old lilac stump in my garden that I would like to reduce in size and place in a bonsai pot.

When and how should I remove the lilac from my garden?

Thank you in advance for you courteous reply.

Chris

Walter Pall said...

Chris, spring is a good time. Here it is beginnign of April. You stump the thing and pull it out of the grond and plant it into a container. Where's the problem?
WP

Zach Johnson said...

I have found them to be basically indestructible