Walter Pall's main blog about bonsai and his work with trees from day to day. Lots of good pictures of good trees and lots of valuable information about bonsai.
Hey Walter,How long do you think it will take to root an air layer of this size?Ben
Until September or so.
Dear Mr. Pall:I would like to ask about the contents of your air-layering pot....what was the first additive in your photo sequence___ followed by moss and then topped with soil?Respectfully,D/DChicago
First we loaded one inch of substrate. It does not matter what you use as long as it is modern, well draining and not decomposing substrate with absolutely no soil compontents. Then we wrapped a bit of live sphagnum moss around the wound. The moss grows around my pond. Then we filled the rest with substrate. From now on thiw will be watered like all bonsai every day. When we have the feeling that some roots should be there we will also feed this part with liquid fertilizer every ten days or so.
I see your Bat Guano tub.. question as to what type you use for routine fertilization: do you prefer a bat guano high in Nitrogen, or Phosphorous, as i see both types on internet?Txeric
I prefer high nitrogen. My trees have to grow a lot to be able to develop them.
Dear Mr. Pall:In your fine article on modern substrates you describe the application of Chicken manure twice a year, which I understand........does the "Fledermausdunger" referred to in a previous comment, supplement this, may be used interchangeably with this or have another specialized role as part of other development.Please excuse this obsession with your fertilizing techniques, but here in America we are regularly instructed to purchase many expensive varieties of trace elements, micronutrients, mycorrhizae, as well as specially formulated vitamin enriched fertilizers to care properly for our trees.Respectfully,D/DChicago
D/D,teh bat guano is used instead and in addition to chicken manure. You can also use cow manure or bird guano. The bat guano has the advantage that it almost does not smell and when you put it onto the surface it soon becomes almost invisible. I am absolutely against visible feed cakes and other supefluous stuff.In a country whre there is a huge industry that sells all sorts of vitamins, minerals, snake oils and so to the population it is no wonder that folks believe they have to do the same to trees. Well, I use common sense to feeding trees and don't think too much. It is not necessary to make the choices for the tree. He knwos much better what he wants to take. Everything a tree nees is in normal feed. There is no need for additional stuff other than to provide a living for the procusersa and vendors.WP
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