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I killed my bonsai tree – Bonsai Buyer Be Aware | Dirty Bonsai Secrets Part 3

Hello everyone today we are going to eavesdrop on a conversation between two experts and a novice as to why people’s bonsai trees die so stay tuned This is Iqbal Khan for mikbonsai and we are going to eavesdrop on two experts the chairman of the Chiltern Bonsai Society, one of his members and a novice and they are discussing why people’s bonsai trees die. So let’s hear what they have to say. Start from zero with no knowledge and we learn and then the tree dies, we survive the tree then the tree survives us and that’s how we learn you are happy when you rescue a tree yes, it’s not looking well but you getting better again. I had quite a number of trees I enjoyed, takes about 3, 4, 5 years Novice: One of my first trees was a fifty Pence tree, I put it in a pot, gave it a bit of a chop, its nice now. Look after it with TLC They are the hardest a lot of those because they don’t start off in very good condition any way as the soils are poorly they’ve been in dark containers not watered, not sort of so when everybody says I bought one and it died it’s not always their fault.

It was on its way out before they bought it accept if it’s in the bonsai which they put on the windowsill just survive, then they getting the sun coming through. or many years ago when they put it over the top of the television, it’s a bit more difficult when the TV is that thin. Well those were the views and thoughts of two bonsai hobbyists and experts talking to a novice. I hope you found that useful and these are particularly directed at people who are new to bonsai or buying gift trees without any knowledge of what they are getting into and the problems which lie ahead that’s all for now thanks for watching and to watch more please subscribe and hit the bell This is Iqbal Khan for mikbonsai in West London until the next time.

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Restoring old Hawthorn bonsai tree, How to Bonsai Hawthorn tree techniques by mikbonsai

Hello everyone today I’m going to be working on this whole phone it is another one of those rescue projects that I get involved with mystery belong to the founder member of the little one by society and he passed away a few years ago and before that he was very ill and the fries were wedged up against the garden walls and fair amount of neglect before they were sold after his death and I trusted the trees I bought the trees and I’m gradually bringing them back to their former glory hopeful got to start working on this tree and I’m going to sort out the branches it’s not of criss-crossing and just basically yet it’s got out of shape Perriman client prune it back and also reduce the long branches and because of the claims which are flying today one every minute I’m going to work on the tree and then mute the sound and set it to music like a kind laps so hopefully that will work Oh you you for today I’ll do a quick turn is quite a big tree and quite savvy to turn so do the best I can that’s the front and believe it at that there’s still a few branches which are I’m not happy with which will need to be removed I think I’ll let it develop and then we’ll tackle the rest of it that’s it for now thanks for watching this is equal con formic online investment until the next time and now for the afterthought that’s a father I have sinned I have been a loose girl please cause is that you little joint aghanim yes Father it is and who’s the girl you are ways i cannot tell your father I do not want to with the replication well Julie I am shoot for an alternate sooner or later so you may as well tell me how was it Tina me Niki I cannot see was it the Restless the Rosie I’ll never tell what it needed to tell I’m sorry but I cannot mean or the Cathy they are no when lets us see you’d rather well then was it rolls are D’Angelo please father I cannot tell you the priest sighs in frustration you’re very tight-lipped Joey and I admire that but you have saved and you have to a told you cannot be acquired by performance now go and behave yourself joy goes back to its view and his friends uncle slide forward to him investors what did you get for transportation and five excellent leads dick

Bonsai – Silver Birch Betula bonsai trees Part 2 – by mikbonsai

So everyone this it will calm and clear i’m working on silver birch betula mommy bullseye i have two of these and the two videos part 1 and part 2 those of you who are new and visiting is hit the subscribe button and then take the mill and get the box and save that way you will receive notifications of all my ugg boots and you will not miss it hello everyone this victim count and just to recap and I first started in once I it goes with the school trees and my earlier vigils are me working with small trees and what I was doing with the trees and then i use covered big trees and lately all the videos have been about the victories and i thought it was time to go back to the little fellows and they feel bit neglected so of selected personal tree to work on today’s in the beech tree and it’s wired and we are in august now and it’s time to take my eyes off as the launch is Allah taken in the autumn and will end up with lots of wire mark so I’ll remove these wires quickly and it’s quite easy to take these them off this way as opposed to trying to cut them off if I was cut them off the specific if it was difficult at its time-consuming and so this is much faster way of a stack of me and you’ll repeat producers here under to the camera and again hold the wire this very similar to when you’re wiring it if you are going to take it off this way then hold the wiring is the wire that you trust don’t let the pouch take the stress of the removing you might even break them there we are yes that one and slightly mark the ranch but direction of dig is quite a thick thick wire and branch is quite thick so and this will also has been one mark slightly with its yep there’s a slight mark there it’s just as well I’m taking them off now ms cut into thee where the anchor was is cut in like badly I’ll have to try and sort that out and somehow try and get it to heal absolutely move a little bit of the bark and then if you look appeal in the to calais all just the last one no this couple more after this one here so hold the wire as you unravel the brown chalk and so that the pressure is being taken by a friend at the post of the branch and as the last one here it hasn’t improved so I’ll just prune it a little and tied it up and then the port needs a bit of a clean I’m not reporting it and there we are i’m going to start pruning it starting with big tallest branch first so cut it a lot here and generally i do from bottom up this is going downwards so this will have to come off to give it a clean line and this looks like if they’d just cut it back to them and these also will be reduced there and he in directional pruning and the direction is I want the drawers to go in the direction of a lease I’ve just got it drew out there and same thing with this long branch to reduce it to that the roaster start at gaunche and we will do here and this one dead branches remove not until it to their share I may have to rewire this it’s fighting with this but i’ll leave it till i leave this to another time it’s the wrong time so because i don’t want to remove this don’t you have to be wired and that may be why are going to separate them so that is a little will pull it back to here and this one the improved back to here and this one to hear nice now let it grow up thicken up a bit before we start cutting it back and up top but they’re so that’s all the pruning done for today and tidy up the pot remove these weeds and better of not required also we fear and pull them out with these tweezers and also use my hand to pull out the roots if I can we’ll just take these out lot of weeds here which we shouldn’t be here just take them out like want to retain the stones are quite nice I think well these little stones actually characters I’m gonna have to move them a little that is weeds out place cut them home today while we are here i’ll give it a quick turn we can have a look at the base of the trees have been cleaned of all moss and wings and we’ll try and give it a further clean around II don’t you know my views about moss getting up on the trunk and these surface roots there are few of these up here the screen goes up whether toothbrushes and Altos Russia mixed works why did not earn so no now tidy up the pot and can then go up back to its bench will resume in spea reads i’m just going to dress it up a little it looks pretty brown and uninteresting son just break it up with a little bit of this cat litter and have latched on to recently and then put the stones back and it was told that I took off I think that should really do yeah that makes it up nicely and the mall so go back and put these stones back just saw him around randomly that’s the plot none at least the top of the pot and the last thing to do is to clean the pot and you’re done for today after that unit quick time so you can see what the top of the mall now looks like this is a pop maybe pot gets a good clean I’ve got this damp cloth and I’m going to clean the pot removing any debris and watermarks and stuff like that and then dry it and finish off that polishing it that at of olive oil so I am going to add this piece of cloth with bit of olive oil can then use it to polish the pots of Vegas the olive oil coming onto the cloth here and just rather chance make sure that it’s all fully oiled if we start removing the excess oil okay now turn this loss round and then use that to polish it off last night and koala pat it’ll quickly use the olive oil that’s built onto the turntable lift the turntable a quick tidy up as well which is coming along quite nicely as you can see maybe up nice and shiny pop the tree back on well there to be habits that’s the front of you in a quick down and as we started just the front well that’s all the work I’m going to do on this little tree today and until next time is Victor Kahn formic online thanks for watching and watch more please subscribe thanks for watching part 1 part 2 for shortly stay tuned and for those of you while visiting please hit the subscribe button and then hit the now click the box and save that may you will not miss anything and you’ll receive notifications of all my uploads and now for the afterthought why do cows wear bells because the holes don’t work you eat

English Elm Bonsai Progression – The English Elm Bonsai Tree – Part 2

Hello everyone today we are looking at my English Elm Bonsai tree and the update is on the upper part and the lower part which were air layered and separated. The upper part is being grown as a tree on its own and the lower parts are being grown as a raft style. I last worked on it this time three years ago. So three years on the tree and the raft style are coming along quite nicely and we’ll take a look at both of them shortly.

So be sure to watch the whole video. So stay tuned. Hey it’s me Iqbal Khan, if you have not yet subscribed to mikbonsai then click the subscribe button and hit the bell icon to subscribe and receive notifications as I upload new videos. This is the front and the upper part of the air layered tree and three years ago that’s when it was done and this is where I carved it exactly three years ago and as you can see it’s starting to callus over, be interesting to see what happens when it gets to the to the end I suppose it will probably go inwards and turning the tree also some carving work was done at the top and all the way down to the side and along here and all this V was created and then this bark was removed and as you can see it’s healing over quite nicely starting to callus and it won’t be too long before it’s, the callousing comes to the end of the V.

That is the top of the pot and it’s full of debris and weeds so I’m going to start tidying it up and remove all these weeds and debris these are all weeds so I’ll remove these and also the debris this that leaves not from this tree but from neighboring trees and other few bits and pieces which trees drop and I’ll be removing all these and tidy up the pot take another look at the tree and then I’ll be doing some work with the top and I’ll carry on with this and we’ll catch up shortly.

I have cleaned the soil and freed it of debris and weeds so the green that you see is a bit of moss and I’ll give it a quick turn so you can see that the pot has been thoroughly tidied up and also the actual pot has been cleaned and I’ve always maintained that the job is not done if the pot has been cleaned so that’s turning the other way and that’s the front of the tree. We are now looking into the canopy of the tree and branches which are crossing or fighting with each other I’m going to remove and in this instance it is this branch here that I’m going to remove as I want this to develop a little bit more up here so this will be removed to make room for the other one and here we go that’s it that’s out I’ll go back in and clean it up a bit more make it flush cut looks a bit better here, where as before they were too close and just too much going on and it’s also not good for the branches lower down, as the Sun doesn’t get through.

`I have made a start working on the tree at the top the canopy, reducing, removing the dead branches and then also reducing the branches to create a much better canopy so we are basically reducing that and I’ll just go round the tree and see what else needs to be done firstly removing the dead branches. I’m going to start thinning out the foliage by pruning the leaves and again using the directional pruning method so as not to do too much wiring etc to shape it. I’m continuing with the removal of the dead stumps and dead branches and also shorting the branches, I am now going to remove this part of the branch up to about here that’s that one and this lower one will go back to about there that’s off and basically to bring the tree in, tighten it up a bit more the branches are a bit too long and I like to do the work slowly take it easy and that way gives me a chance to revisit the tree from time to time and do additional work that is necessary.

I am working to create a look where the lower branches such as this one here are longer than the upper branches and gradually work my way up that’s the strategy so I’m going to reduce this first to here, then take a look, no this is virtually same sort of length so I’ll reduce it back a bit more, to about there and now this this one will be reduced as its higher than that one and we’ll do it in two phases to start with and we’ll see how that looks and this branch here we’ll reduce it to about there and it makes a very big difference although its a few inches long but as we work towards the apex the tree is being gradually pulled in and it’ll make a denser canopy and I can see it it’s already coming along quite nicely this branch here where my hand is, just above this branch here I’m going to shorten the top one again to create that layered effect so we will take this back to where there is a few leaves coming off of it so I’ll get back to about there and now that really opens up the lower branch and again the one which is doubling back, we’ll remove that part there and also leaf prune it so that give it a little bit more of a directional prune.

Stand back and take a look, little bit better, now there are other bits which are sticking out so that’s the only way to stand back have a look, this bit is sticking out so I’m gonna reduce that to about there and have another look and also prune some of this thick foliage Dead branches come off and continue with clipping and directional pruning so it grows in a certain direction continue to move up wards, now I’m going to reduce this branch to there then we have again differential in height and this one I’m going to bring down to there so the difference between that that and then that one, that will leave it at that level but the one next to it this one here I will reduce that shortly. So it’s just like a haircut these bits are sticking out so I will shorten these then take another look and see if more shortening is necessary. It’s the old carpenters rule measure twice cut once and the same principle applies here .Now looking from that angle this branch is sticking out so I’m going to take it right back to about there and then these smaller branches will take over.

I have worked my way to the apex and now it’s time to thin this part here I’m going to remove this side branch so reduce it down to where the dead branch was and then take a look Right and now reduce this one, there is a dead stub here., and remove that and then reduce this, let’s see if we reduce it in stages to there So I’m going to have a little look, stand back and see, yes that now fits in a little bit better. Right folks there we are it’s all pruned the canopy is nice and tight and I’ll give it a quick turn so you can see it from all sides and that was a front where we started side one that’s the back, side two and that’s where we started, and the last thing that I’m going to do with this is, it’s time to feed it so I haven’t put the chicken pellets yet so these are the chicken pellets being scattered around the pot and they should keep it fed to the end of the season.

If you haven’t seen the first video then there is a link in the info card at the top right-hand corner of the screen click on that and it will take you to the first video when this tree was air layered and the air layer was separated, the roots on it are just amazing. Right folks that was the English Elm the upper part, it’s a tale of two halves and the lower part which is being grown in the raft style follows in part two so be sure to watch that. That’s all for now this is Iqbal Khan for mikbonsai in West London, until the next time. And now for the afterthought You love this . Bonsai lovers are very tolerant people they just hate bigotry, You Dig !

Bonsai Care and Maintenance Spring Repotting & Pruning hawthorn

Hi spring is here and it’s time to repot and today we are going to be repotting one of my large Hawthorn trees and also pruning the branches. So stay tuned. Hey ! it’s me Iqbal Khan, if you have not yet subscribed to mikbonsai then click the subscribe button and hit the bell icon to subscribe and receive notifications as I upload new videos We’ve made a start and Wojciech is give me a hand, it’s a big tree big pot and first he is removing all the weeds and the ferns. Repotting is a slow business Wojciech has cleared all the weeds and I have removed the fern and tidied up the roots. We are now ready to get the tree out and here goes! last time it was repotted in pine bark and for that reason is quite easy to take it out, we didn’t wire it and we are going to do the same thing this time round. We have removed a lot of the soil from the top and the sides, Wojciech just started working on the bottom, removing the soil and we hope to bare-root this tree.

We are in March and it’s quite wet and is very safe to do that at this time of the year. we have bare rooted the tree and we are going to give it a quick turn and so you can see from all sides and on cue we have a plane going overhead but we’ll carry on and ignore the plane, so that’s the other side of the tree, that’s front of the tree and that was the back of the Tree. I am going to start reducing these roots they are getting too long, so will cut them back like that, to contain them within the pot and working around the tree just cutting the roots back, that can go right back.

This can go up about there, leave the baby roots and again remove the thick ones leaving the small ones, now we are going to remove this very thick root which is little bit high up and there’s another one on the on the right-hand side and we’re going to sort that out as well, so I’ll continue to remove these roots from the bottom and creating nice radial root ball. I’ll remove this as well as it’s a bit thick and leave some of these big ones on and now from this side, in fact this is quite high I’m going go right back and same thing with this one. The roots are just high up I’m going to remove. Now I’m going to remove these very thick roots, this one is at the bottom so I’m going to go right in and take that out, so that’s out and same thing with this one, I’m going to take that out as much as I can. Tidy up these roots here and I’m going to go as high up as I can, firstly cut it like that upside down using a branch cutter There we are, I’ll probably go a little bit further in.

That’s a bit better, as this is crossing so I am definitely remove this one and reduce this one, so firstly we tackle this one and see what’s going on here. Right will probably leave it at that and this one I’m going to remove completely, is crossing this one so will take it right back where it starts, and that’s gone, I’m now going to shorten this root it’s getting quite nice here but then as it goes down, its sort of turning so I’m going to cut it back to about there leaving these roots at the top.

Let’s see how that works. Right there we are, leave these on. Right this is the root which was very fairly high up that we have removed, that was the second one, so I’m going to tidy that up with this knob cutter and go right in and that should sort that out. we have another root which is going round it’s quite a thick root, so I’m going to remove that and I’m going to use my knob cutter to get to it, but at least it’s cleaned up just looking much more neater than it did before with the root going across. We are now starting to repot the tree and we will first put a layer of pine bark over the grit layer which I, which we placed in the pot earlier and then I’m going to place the tree on top of the pine bark because the tree is sinking into the spot so we want to pull the tree out a bit more and for, with that in mind that’s what needs to happen and then sit the tree in the pot, we can now put more pine bark in.

Now I have been pushing the tree back and pushing the pine bark under the tree to straighten it up a bit it was leaning and by straightening it up it gives it a much better look and feel and we’re now going to continue with the soil initially using our hand and then revert back to the chopstick. Right folks the repotting is complete and now I’m going to work on the upper part of the tree it needs a prune, the branches are all over the place they’re crossing, growing inwards and we are going to be pruning the branches which are going inwards crossing over or going straight up they have got long and leggy so that’s what we are going to do. Right folks I am going to start pruning these long branches here, there is a a little bud here on this branch so I’m going to go right back to about there and the bud is facing upwards so will have a new branch growing from there and this one again is getting too long and will start crossing with this one, so we will basically prune it back there and just below the cut there is a bud which is facing upwards and we’ll have a branch growing up there and the prune this right back to there and there is a bud on this branch facing this way so we’ll get growth along the line of the thicker branch and we will basically remove this lower branch and I’m gonna leave this one for as it is for now and tackle this branch, again this is starting to cross this branch, so I am shorten it about there so that is done.

This branch is going downwards so that can be removed completely and here I’m going to go back to there. There’s a couple of buds here so we’ll have a couple of new branches and this one I’m going to go to about there and again there are a couple of buds here to grow new branches and this branch here I’m going to reduce it to so there, there’s a node there so that would carry on with that these are crossing branches so this will need to be reduced and I’m going to go to there and there is a node there which will basically throw out another branch and same thing with this one, reduce it to back there. There is a node there and this I think we’ll just reduce it to there and this one to about there. There’s a node on that one that’s where the new branch will take off so the lower part of the tree is looking pretty good and working up so we now tackle this branch here I’ll just reduce it to there again there’s a little node here which will take over moving upwards I’m going to remove this branch completely as it’s starting to cross this branch here, so that’s in the wrong place so we get rid of it completely and this branch at the top would need to be reduced, I think I’ll take it back about there and this one is fighting with the other one, this one is going straight down to reduce it to there and this one we will reduce it to there to start with, Yeah we’ll keep it do about that level there and just keep working around the tree.

This again is too long and we’ll reduce it too about there. That’s a bit better and then tackling this branch, we’ll reducing to there and new growth will go in that direction. This branch here is too long to about there to improve ramification and same thing with these branches here and this one again will be reduced to there and this one I’m going to reduce and this one we can take it back right in and this long run branch here, will be reduced to there and just below the cut is the node which will produce a new branch and coming to this one we will go to about there and then working on the apex, which is up here I’m going to cut this right back to there and these are the berries from last year, so I am going to remove these.

Just little bit of fine tuning now so I’m just going to reduce this branch, stop it from continuing to go in that direction and same thing with this one just cut it so that the new branch takes over in a different direction same thing with this one here and that will aid ramification and also reduce this branch here. This branch here, it is basically crossing the lower one so we don’t really need this, so I am going to completely remove this. This is the back of the tree and there’s a reason why I’m showing that, there’s a big trunk chop here and also the way the front was you could see the cut from the front and I’ve moved the tree slightly and as I turned you will see that was the front before where you could see where the chop was and I’ve basically turned the tree slightly making that the front so that the cut is hidden behind this branch here. Now this is the top of the pot where the tree meets the soil and having removed the thick branches and this little knob and I’ll give it a quick turn and also having removed these roots which are really high up it has enhanced the tree enormously and there was also another root up here and having removed these roots high above the soil line, has enhanced the tree the line of the trunk quite considerably and you can see the taper there’s an incredible taper here.

Right folks this is the tree in full view and that is the front I’ll give it a quick 360 so you can see it from all angles. It has been repotte, roots have been sorted, we bare rooted the tree and also gave it a thorough pruning and this will now kick start its growth. I expect it to grow vigorously in the summer months and that is a front and also I have slightly straightened the tree up in the pot before it was leaning too much forward and I’ve lightly pushed it back by and also turned it slightly towards that right and from your angle is to the left so that the cut is then concealed at the back so you don’t see the ugly trunk chop. That’s all for now, this is Iqbal Khan for mikbonsai in West London, Until the next time. iI’s very cold outside, it’s been snowing and I have lit a log fire I live in an old Victorian house and I’ve retained all the fireplaces and at times like this it is very comforting and it’s very nice to have a real fire going and as I was lighting the fire it reminded me of a little joke and I will share it with you it’s an afterthought.

When I was young, we were so poor we couldn’t afford heating or a fire like this and we as a family used to sit around a candle and when it got i incredibly cold we would actually light the candle. You dig ! .

Styling bonsai tree from yamadori Lonicera collected raw material – Tree 2 – Part 4 by mikbonsai

I’m going to wire them so that these two branches like this one will move up a bit and this will move down a bit so that they become one great big pad both these branches have been widened I’m going to lower this one and raise this one lower this one slightly and we do it again by bending the wire using strength of the wire to bend it and this one’s being wrote up so they basically are looking starting to look more of a pad as opposed to being at different levels and these again and we reduced but this one I’m going to leave as is this one I think I will wire this up these two up and this one I’m going to do choir up and move it a little bit towards the camera and this one also would wire it and bring it down so the crown is more pronounced so now we will continue with this wire and this unwinding in the anti-clockwise direction and sticking very close to the branch and at a 45 degree just wire it avoiding the foliage and round it goes moving the father’s out of the way now working with the wire that of the brows that have just been wired I’m just going to bend it very very gently using the strength of the wire and then I’m gonna straighten it up from this end is starting to point downwards which I don’t want no salt quite I’m not sure dude I’ve already started wiring this branch and we continue in a clockwise direction and as it’s going to be bent in the clockwise direction so again avoiding any foliage – just wouldn’t work some of these branches are quite good and I want to retain those so except it was out of the way so positioning this where there wasn’t a pad before and so that’s that’s done that’s right nicely positioned and just shooting a few more of the branches as they are little bit too longer and we’ll see if I can do something with this one to lower this just a few centimetres perhaps an inch or so and we’ll Y trying to wire this as well now continuing to wire this pad just moving away the foliage and the branches very congested here have to use tweezers to get them out of the way some of the branches are very very fine that’ll do bend it towards the camera downwards and towards the camera so do it very very gently it’s a very thick branch and this is two things one is down and then one is towards the camera now I want to do it very very gently as they break very very brittle and they break very very easily right there we have it I’m gonna shorten this as and now shorten these branches as as bad is about this pad the lower pad is much bigger so the upper part has got to be slightly shorter and in fact we will do the same with the pads higher up so I’m going to cut this wire back to mark here and reduce this so removing paw the white partially as this part is too is too long so you’re going to reduce it to about there so reduce that to up there it was much longer and and see lots of these paths I’m going to reduce now that it’s starting to take shape this is the time to do a bit of tidy up not too sure about this branch here but we’ll leave it for now it can always be removed later because this looks quite neat and tidy and then there’s this one or a sound so I’d me I’m tempted to remove this this branch we will take it out now and it’s done then I think it looks better without that launch and this is a potential this is also a potential front and so this interesting bit here the double trunk and then fusing up here and I have removed a very big branch from here earlier that was when I first worked on it give me a quick turn and that’s the button of our front as well I will continue to grow it in this pot for a while this is a foliage that we’ve taken off today quite a lot just reveal the bonsai that was hiding unrolled all that voltage I have done fair amount and I’m pleased with the progress that I have made with this tree the this was a leader previously which I have managed to wire and turn into a small pot and this one may be the new leader basically it is no growing is thinner and also there’s a fair amount of growth up here and it’ll be far easier to form a crown with this as well and with that just finish giving it a quick turn and that’s very storage although that could be the front but on this side there’s a big contract removed a very big drought when I first started but we’ll see how it develops that’s all for now thank you watching watch more please subscribe the second account forming bonsai in Westland

Bonsai Blue Star Juniper Pruning

This is Iqbal Khan and this is day two that I’ve been working on this blue star juniper, it’s summer pruning and also removing old needles which have browned off from the previous year and once the brown needles are removed it exposes the new branches, that’s how the branches form. I will carry on with this and I wil try and zoom in to show you exactly what’s going on. basically this entire section was covered in dead needles and I’ve removed them with these tweezers and you can now see how this forms a branch also growth which is growing downwards has to be removed and so I’m going to remove that bit there, that one will also be removed as it’s going south and that one as well so now we have a very clean line here so that’s basically the idea behind pruning these blue star junipers. There’s a little knob here which I’m going to remove and basically again make it into a straight line, there we are that’s the knob removed from there, same thing with this branch here, these are the dead needles from previous year which I’m removing by pulling them in the direction of growth so so as not to take off any of the surface area of the bark and same thing on the other side remove these dead needles you can now see the cleaned up part, here is how the branches form.

Now I’m going to tackle this section here and I’m going to remove this branch which is going south and we do that with pair of scissors just like that. That’s come off and the rest of it I’m going to clean up with tweezers removing these dead needles to expose the new branch and again the end is dead so we simply pull it and it’s removed, there and same applies to, there’s a dead stump here so remove that dead stump with that come a… let’s now clean up this part here remove the dead needles and the dead bit at the top so is simply…. the dead bit at the top is simply pinch and removed and same thing with the next one, just fell off so that, that is done I am slowly working my way up the tree and on this branch we’re going to remove this growth which is growing downwards and also here there are too many dead branches so I’m going to remove these little knobs and clean it up That’s a bit better and again there is more growth going downward so this will come off and then there is another, this branch here there is a lot of growth growing downwards so we’re going to remove all this growth which is growing downwards and until we are left with a clean line at the bottom there we are that’s cleaned it up you can see is a clean line at the bottom now and we’ll quickly remove the dead needles on this branch.

Now working on this part they are all these dead needles so I’m going to remove all these and expose the what now becomes a branch there we are that part there and I’ll work on the next part and these are all the brown needles that you can see some at the bottom some facing away from the camera. I will do all those right now so now we move on to another of these branches and continue removing these brown dead needles from previous year’s growth right there we are, that’s all done. There is this downward pointing growth which I’ll remove this end is dead so I am going to remove that more downward-pointing growth which I am going to cut off from here. It is starting to drizzle slightly so I will have to stop now and finish the crown off another time but if any of you have one of these blue star junipers then you need to remove the dead needles in August / September and also prune any growth growing downwards upwards crossing or inwards I’ll give the tree a quick turn and you can see it’s much greener than when I first started there Brown dead needles everywhere and that’s what forms the new branches and that’s where we started.

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How to grow raft style bonsai; Grow more Bonsai Trees | raft and broom styles | mikbonsai Part 2

Today we are going to do a review of the English Elm which I air layered and made it into two trees. The actual tree which was air layered and the bottom part was to be grown as a raft style. Hello everyone this is Iqbal Khan for mikbonsai and firstly I’m going to work on the lower half. The pot is very badly filled with weeds and I’m going to clean the pot up and the upper part it has been growing quite vigorously and a little bit of thinning is in order and that’s what we’ll be doing in the first part. In the second part I will be showing you the upper part of the tree. What you see here is all weeds it’s really full of weeds so I going to clean it up, I haven’t touched it since the time the air layer was removed.

So it’s far easier just to take the top layer of the soil out with the weeds and then top it up with more soil if necessary and I’m going to remove all this and that is the easiest way of cleaning this pot, so I’m going to go under the foliage and again use tweezers to pick out the weeds and I’m going to completely make it weed free and after that we will go into thinning the foliage and making sure that we only retain those trunks which will be necessary to the design, perhaps, maybe a few more and we’ll refine it at a future date but for today certainly some thinning will be necessary and so work on this part now and basically just lift it and the whole thing just comes apart because the weeds are so thick and intertwined that is quite easy to take it all up like that this is done and there’s some thick weeds taking those out by hand so this part is done as you can see and I will continue and we will catch up shortly right folks, I have cleaned up the pot and I’ll just turn, turn it a bit over so you can see all the weeds have been removed and it’s looking much better already that’s the other side and what we are now going to do is do some detail work on it I’m starting to work from this end of the pot and we will work right round and here this appears to be a little so sort of a tree, which is going to be a little tree with the root system of its own and this part is dead so I’m going to remove the dead part up to about there that’s all that’s necessary now and will the rest of it to grow and recover and next March when we do further work on it and we will separate this from the rest of the tree and also I’m going to thin it out a bit.

There are too many little branches which are going to turn into trunks coming out from the same spot so I’m going to remove this one and just leave this one and likewise here there are again quite a few, theres about three or four. I am going to remove all except one and so we’ll remove the one on the inside. I’ll remove down on the inside and it basically thins it out and also allows more light to get through normally we remove the stronger ones and keep the weak ones but in this instance as we are growing from scratch we keep the larger one, and there’s another very weak one down here so we take that one out and very small another tiny one which we take out again this has opened up this part of the raft style and now coming to this side, remove the very thin weedy ones, retain these thicker and bigger ones, right we’ve cleaned up the pot, we have thinned the branches which are going to be future trunks and I’m now going to top up the soil we removed quite a lot of soil and I’m using the cat litter which a lot of you’re familiar with and that’s what I’m going to use to top up where we’ve removed the soil a lot of it came out to the weeds and it’s far quicker and efficient to do it that way then try and remove each weed individually okay so this soil is all down and I’ll give it a quick turns so you can see what it looks like There we are folks the top of the pot cleaned up of all weeds topped up with fresh soil and the little trunks which are very very thin and weedy at the moment have been thinned and that is going to be the front.

I’ll give it a quick 360 that’s the back and that is where we started. The other thought that I’ve had is when we pot this next March we are going to reduce the root ball quite considerably and also there are a lot of these ugly roots we will remove those and make it much tighter. You can see how tidy and neat it looks. This is a Korean mica pot and it’s cleaned up quite nicely Right folks that’s the raft style from the bottom half of the air layered English Elm. I have cleaned up the pot and it’s going to go back to its spot on the bench and I do keep turning it every now and then to make sure that the growth is even and we will look at it again next March. This is the English Elm, the upper part which was a layered and separated from the, from its base and it was potted up and if simply left it to grow its recovered from the work that we did on it and over winter months there are a few branches would need to be wired and placed in a different position and I’ll be also doing some reduction work on the branch to pull them in and improve ramification at the moment the branches are too thick and spread all over the place and as we speak I’m giving it a slow 360 and just seeing a cobweb which I’ve removed and this is the front.

That’s all for now. Thanks for watching this is Iqbal Khan for mikbonsai in West London and now for the afterthought why don’t cannibals eat divorced women ? because they are bitter. You dig ! .

How to grow Tamarind Bonsai Trees from Seeds Part 1 | Growing Tamarind

Hello everyone today we are going to start growing tamarind bonsai trees from seeds. I have attempted to grow them for the last three years but failed miserably and on this occasion I have had a bit of help. one of my viewers Lynne Cardwell had a few questions about her bonsai trees and she wrote to me and in the exchanges I dealt with her questions but also told her about the difficulties also having with germinating tamarind seeds and that over the last three years I had failed miserably and to my surprise she had successfully germinated lots of tamarind seeds and were well on their way to becoming bonsai trees in addition to lots of other trees that she has Lynn lives in Devon and she’s a member of the South Devon Bonsai Club in Paignton and these are the six seeds that I received from Lynn and these are different in that they’re not straight from fresh fruit and that’s what I had been previously doing and basically the method is quite simple, half a liter of water which I have put into this bottle and 3% hydrogen peroxide which is this and a cap full of hydrogen peroxide, which I’ll fill up so I’ve got a cap full of hydrogen peroxide and I’m going to mix it with half a liter of tap water which I have already put in a large bottle and shake, it mix it all up and then it goes into a little glass, put it here and the mixture goes in that should do and the seeds are then dropped in and every a few days the liquid solution has to be changed it gets mucky the shell starts to disintegrate and in about 10 days they should be ready for planting in a seed tray and by then the outer coating should have come off and they should look like little hazelnuts and that’s when they’ll be ready to plant.

Lynn sent me this note with the seeds and I’m going to read part of it Iqbal 14th of June 2017, herewith seeds I have leftover if I hang on to them I will feel obliged to give them life just don’t have room for any more perhaps inhibitors are too strong in seeds straight from fruit. These may be easier you will find the solution will be ample no need to mix up more. Lynn has very kindly put in a little label telling me what these seeds are and the specie Tamarindus Indica so that’s the seeds that we have. I’m going to place this on my windowsill which is south-facing and also place the glass in a little bit of a plastic bag to create humidity and to keep the (no I am not – Error !!) whole thing warm and I will now share with you the method that I had been previously using and I will try that again and see what happens on this occasion.

My original method of trying to get these Tamarind seeds to germinate was by using hot water and I’m going to run that in parallel with the Lynn’s method that’s bit of boiled hot water, tap water and I’m going to that these are seeds from fresh fruit. I am going to add these to the water and every few days I’ll be changing the water and adding not so so so hot but luke warm water to aid the process of breaking down the outer covering it gets a bit at mushy and and I will remove it and again they should end up as hazelnuts white and that’s when they’re ready to be planted. Here are seeds with hot water, my original method and here are seeds that I have planted today after having taken off the outer coating and these seeds had been soaked for nearly two months and here we have tap water and hydrogen peroxide solution, Lynn’s method and I’m excited I’ll be doing an update as soon as something happens here if not then we’ll wait and see what happens with Lynn’s seeds either way I will be doing an update of what happen ever happens I’m going to put this pot in this plastic bag and tie up the top and that way it will create humidity and maintain a little bit of a temperature in there and that will help it.

That’s all for today thanks for watching and to watch more please subscribe. This is Iqbal Khan for mikbonsai in West London until the next time. and now for the afterthough. what’s the difference between a lawyer and a vulture ? wings. you dig ! .

Nagasaki Crab Apple Bonsai Tree – Apple tree with buds, flowers and apples by mikbonsai

Hello everyone this is Iqbal Khan and today I’m going to share with you my Nagasaki crabapple tree you are looking at my Nagasaki crabapple tree it is in flower and I thought I’d share it with you not all the buds have opened but then if I wait for them to open and I get busy you could miss it so I thought I’d capture it now I will give it a quick quick turn it is a beautiful tree and it’s laden with apples. I will do another update when these flowers have turned into little apples and that’s the front this is a close-up of the flowers and will give it a turn and you can see them around the tree and that a close up of the one of the branches on the right of the tree tree Three months on from flowers to fruit the tree is now Laden that apples and I will zoom around the tree so you can see the extent of the apples and this is the left side of the tree, will gradually zoom out you can see how many apples there are and that’s the whole tree I’ll give the tree a quick turn, a full 360 and you can then see it from all directions and that is my front , that is where we started There we go as we have seen the tree is loaded with apples and a few suggestions floating around one is from a friend of mine Mani Patel if I would consider making cider and another is from Greg Hunter should I be making crab apple jelly we’ll see thanks for watching to watch more please subscribe and now for the afterthought The wife sends a text message to the husband on a on is really cold winter’s morning “the windows are totally frozen will not open” the husband replies “Gently pour warm water over it and tap the edges with your hand if that doesn’t work then gently with a hammer Fifteen minutes later the wife texts back oh no I think the laptop is completely gone you dig !