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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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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 ! .

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.

Thanks for watching to watch more please subscribe and hit that Bell and you’ll receive notifications of all my uploads. This is Iqbal Khan for mikbonsai in West London until the next time, and now for the afterthought the teacher said to the class give me a sentence with the word dandelion in it. A Jamaican student stood up and said de cheetah runs faster than de Lion. You dig ! .

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 ! .

Bonsai Trees – How to Bonsai Jade – Old Jade bonsai tree care and maintenance- Part 2 by mikbonsai

Hello everyone this account and we’re looking at a 25-year old Jade and different update walking happy with piece of functions which are leaning down like then balls in my tree and I have spoken with Lucy she’s the owner and explain to her that the team would benefit from removing these want no hanging branches that it hadn’t been approved for a very very long time and done it’s its cognate send leg lunches and i’m going to prune it back and the start off by removing these lunches here when soft by the moving vehicle hanging branches back to their and this also have come off and immediately this one has of stand up with this particular launch and also well now pulling these adventures that’s when everything goes to that there time-saving with this went back to the second set of leaves and same thing with this length i’m just going to come off completely this one love two short of i’m going to remove it partial it a lot there and see like this time document obviously what to do it if I may end up removing it and that’s what I’m going to cut back to their definitely come off completely and same with the front will come back to back there that’s why i’m also going to the most about their ok then shorter these you can go right back to be faster fleas sending not trying to leave not remove that these two at the top okay i’m going to continue moaning you’re handing it and get back to the second little trees someone to continue working on the top you will not hear back sort of actually calling also take that off reduced anything that leaves and up here continue with the morning of the new projects actually do for now I’m going to wire this app this is so hopefully it should stay in case i’m in the process of applying this branch generally they are quite brittle hopefully i’ll be able to bend it slightly and create a government attempted to reduce the child so he knows thinking with this one that’s enough for today and we’ll keep one thing I can see how it develop it should be ok it was back but there are some tiny tiny but sort of scene here which means not deliver to the camera and very very tiny playing but not back but it was producing further we particularly the october but have branches I want to remove too much voltage at this stage but this time try not to like to cut it back this I’d like to reduce and same thing with this one of like to do starting with leggy and movies and wonder why it up how that goes is that real quick and I think it’s child involved being happy and quite considerably not done it will still need further reduction in the size of the project we count down here is quite sick but they need to come down to about here around another 56 inches that should do and after the front i will be looking after it until it leaves salt and then it will be returned to its owner Lucy and it will need for the reduction colleges and future network we producing to live another x width inches we then it’s really strong growth which would support the candidate we added a new element and for watching to watch more please subscribe this is nick own father McNulty line in restaurant an afterthought not black particles and cannibals they had coach a clown and we’re 15 30 soft clouds and one going to the other and look them in the eye and said he’ll be tastefully Wow

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 ! .

How to repot bonsai trees; why repot bonsai with bonsai tips and tricks; Spring care & work

How to repot bonsai trees and why we repot bonsai trees. I will also share repotting bonsai tips tricks and the odd secret which no one talks about. Make sure that you watch the entire video. 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. After pruning, watering and feeding repotting is one of the most important aspects of bonsai to be learned as repoting has to be done on a regular basis it takes years to get it right.

However, what if you are able to remove those hurdles which setback many bonsai enthusiasts by years, even better if we were to reduce that time scale into a couple of seasons. I will show you how. you are about to discover bonsai tips tricks and secrets which will fast-track the development of your trees starting with repotting and sorting out the roots. Bonsai trees need reporting regularly over a period of time. The bonsai soil mix breaks down into fine particles over a number of years, coupled with this the root growth fills up the pot, making it root bound and difficult to water. When this happens you can use the dunking method and to see how that is done there’s a link in the info card which shows you the dunking method. You can continue watering it, using the dunking method until the next repot. The tell-tale signs which give an indication that the tree needs repotting are as follows: one – take the tree out of the pot and see what the root situation is if you see the roots going round and round in the pot, that is first indication that the tree has become root bound.

The other indication is watering, when watering has become difficult due to the soil having broken down. what is a good time to repot ? Ideally February March, in the spring and one of the things which I would like to mention is the acers and maples must be reported in February March, otherwise you have missed the window. Having said that I am going to experiment during the summer months with a cheap maple to see what reporting in the summer does to these trees and if it dies as that’s the price I will have to pay for the experiment.

Spring is also a good time to repot as the tree responds very well to root pruning and pruning of the branches. It has lots of saved up energy and as the growing season kick starts the pruning also helps with the spurt of growth. The tools that I’m going to be using during the repot, you can see by clicking on the info card and there’s a video on bonsai tools. The tree that I’m going to be repoting today is an acer buergerianum, also known as the Trident maple. This is the tree that I’m going to be repotting today. The first thing to do is to take the tree out of its pot. This is an imported tree it came from Japan few years ago it’s been the same training pot and I think it’s time to repot it. So let’s put the training pot to one side and as you can see the roots have gone ground and virtually taken the shape of the inside of the pot right down to where the pot feet were so I will basically start from the top working my way down and it’s going to take quite some time so I’ll press on with this and we’ll catch up shortly.

I have to removed quite a lot of roots and these are really thick roots, not doing anything for the tree, so remove those and just tidy up a little bit more at the bottom and these are root scissors it’s important to keep the root pruning scissors separate from the scissors used for pruning the tree, as these tend to get blunted because of the particles of soil etc that it cuts through, now there’s another thick root here so I’m gonna just take this out and I’m going to bare root this tree so I’m gonna tidy up and we’ll catch up shortly. I have managed to clear the soil as much as I possibly could it was quite hard. The soil had broken down and become very clay like and it’s virtually like a brick and removing it was not easy and I have tidied it up as much of the roots as I can and this is the root structure that I’m going to retain.

I have prepared this pot, at the bottom you can see the wire mesh is secured that with hairpin bends and then these are the anchor wires to secure the tree and and if you want to see how the pot is prepared then on the right hand side of the screen there is an info card, click on that and you’ll be able to see how the pot is prepared and I’m going to start repotting it and I’m going to put this grit aboue the wire mesh and the holes, the grit also helps with the drainage and I’m just going to continue adding this once, bonsai soil. This is actually cat litter it works very well and I also use my own bonsai soil mi. If you want to see how to make bonsai soil mix and again click on the link in the info card on the right of the screen and it will take you to a video which shows how to make bonsai soil mix.

I’ll place the tree in the pot and I’m going to secure it. Right, that should do for now. let’s have a look, …. looks okay, making sure it’s standing straight in the pot and add more of this cat litter. I’ll put a link in the description for this cat litter. This is available only in the UK as it’s manufactured in the EU but if you are abroad you may have your own equivalent it’s a basically clay which is fired to very high temperatures and it becomes what it is, it turns into solid pieces it’s virtually like lava rock. I’m using the chopsticks to drive the soil in between the roots where I have bare rooted the tree so there’s absolutely no soil left and in the roots so this process will drive the soil between the roots and take out air pockets.

It’s going down quite fast as I work my way around and if the air pockets are not removed the roots in the air pocket can dry and the tree can die. That’s the extreme but it’s best to do this and not take any chances so I have finished securing the tree and will now cut off these excess wires from both sides and hide the wires where the twists are and add more soil and finish it off it does need a little bit more soil and then we’ll water it thoroughly I don’t sieve the cat litter, there is very fine dust and it basically comes out on first watering, it needs very very thorough watering and the dust basically just drains out at the bottom and I’ll just remove some of these surface roots, there aren’t very many but just a few, handful.

Right I’m going to again tidy up and we’ll catch up shortly. Well here it is Aacer Buergerianum Trident Maple repotted and now ready to be given a thorough soaking. I will keep watering until the dust has run clear. That’s enough, the waters running clear at the bottom so we’ll stop and let it drain before we carry on. Its all done ! I’ll give it a quick 360 that’s the front and go around this way and I’ll do an update sometime in late spring when it’s in full leaf and back to where we started. That’s the Acer Buergerianum Trident Maple and I’m glad I’ve done it, otherwise it would have been next year. I couldn’t take a chance with repotting this in the summer it’s fairly pricey so but we’ll have a go with one of the cheaper trees.

The reporting is complete and the tree will be watered normally and it will do well in the in its new soil in the new pot. The pot is slightly bigger and I measured up the tree and the pot at its widest point should be 2/3 of the height of the tree from the top of the soil to the apex of the tree whether it’s an oval pot or a round pot if you measure the widest point it should be 2/3 of the height from the top of the soil to the apex.

That’s the rule for choosing the size of the bonsai pot to make sure that your pot is the right size. Now this is one of the things that not many people speak about. This is one of the little secrets that not many people talk about but here it is and now you know how to get your pot size right every time. If you haven’t subscribed then please do so and also ring the bell icon and you’ll then be able to get notification of my updates and you won’t miss anything and you’ll pick up more bonsai tips, tricks and secrets, which I’m here to reveal.

Until the next time. This is Iqbal Khan for mikbonsai in West London and now for the afterthought. I usually meet my girlfriend at 12:59 I like that one too one time. you dig . You dig. .