willgood
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First Post -- my s. aboricola and p. afra set up

Hey, my name is Will and this is my first post and first few days trying out bonsai. I was inspired by BigVine's thread so I went out today and got myself some tropicals to see if i can learn something about plants and bonsai over the winter 8)

So after some reading I made myself a 70/30 approximate mix of pumice and bark, which drains pretty well but doesnt dry out instantly (good for tropicals yeah?) and got myself some schefflera arboricola and portulacara afra from the local home depot. I've planted them in some shallow containers and placed one group in a place that receives a good amount of direct light and another in a spot that recieves a lot of indirect....gonna see which they like more.

[img]https://ploader.net/files/e53951ff2a5e41703bbe57a4912c1570.jpg[/img]

[img]https://ploader.net/files/6f6121c76389e24c84057942781864f0.jpg[/img]

[img]https://ploader.net/files/17979f6c9080c505b560080ec2fbff77.jpg[/img]

any comments, tips, whatever, would be appreciated. thanks guys!

Rosaelyn
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Bravo for taking the first step to becoming a bonsai-phile! :D

Both of your choices should be very good trees to start out with - easy to care for and relatively easy to shape. (Both are easy to propagate into more trees as well.) ;)

I do have two concerns to point out:

1) With them potted in those plastic trays, there doesn't look to be any drainage out the bottom. This might be tolerated by the Schefflera, but plants in general don't care for "wet feet" all the time. It can lead to root rot.

2) These two plants have very different moisture requirements, which concerns me since it looks as if you have potted them together.

Schefflera like lots of moisture and Portulacaria prefer to go a week or two between watering and to almost completely dry up.

This specifically pertains to the Jade Tree and not the Baby Jade, but care is essentially the same:

"Due to their arid natural habitat, Jade Trees are capable of holding large quantities of water in their leaves. Over watered specimen develop poor root systems which become incapable of physically supporting their heavy foliage and become top heavy. Unlike other bonsai species, Jade should be lightly watered, if the compost is allowed to dry in-between waterings the roots are encouraged to search for moisture creating a far stronger and vigorous root system. This also reduces the store of water in the foliage reducing the tendency to be top-heavy. Water is only essential to the plant when the leaves start to develop a wrinkled texture. In winter this can mean watering as little as once every 2-3 weeks."

https://www.bonsaihunk.us/info/ScheffleraBonsai.html
https://www.bonsaigardener.org/hawaiian-ubrella-bonsai.html

https://www.bonsai-bci.com/species/portulacaria.html
https://www.bbg.org/gar2/topics/plants/2002wi_bonsai.html

Hope this helps! :)
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If you would know strength and patience, welcome the company of trees. ~ Hal Borland

willgood
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woo, a reply! Concerning the drainage issue, i made sure to cut holes in the bottom of the plastic before filling them with soil so they drain just fine. As for the different moisture req's i'll take the scheff out of the pot with the two portul right when im done posting this.

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Good start will!!!
I'm willing to bet that the direct sunlight plants will grow much faster. A good follow up by Rosaelyn and good information with it.
Thanks for posting and especially for the pics. It's always nicer when we get to see the plants in question. :)
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Rosaelyn
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Sounds good, Will. Keep us updated on the progress. :)
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