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Post  wildfig on Sun Oct 14, 2012 2:10 pm

I collected this tree from my field 3 years ago. There were virtually no roots. All the leaves fell off and it was 4 months before there was any growth.
It had thick suckers low down and only a few thin branches at the top, growing upwards, that I have gradually lowered.
The trunk at the front was dead and full of hundreds of burrows. It took days of drilling to remove the dead wood and I found creepies inside the burrows.
The lower trunk was rotten and I hollowed it out.
It planted in an out-sized pot in porous soil. Growth is very slow. It keeps sprouting out suckers from the lower trunk that I remove but top growth is scanty, perhaps it needs more fertilizer.
Height 60 cm Trunk width 22 cm

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Re: Carob tree

Post  Savvas P. on Sun Oct 14, 2012 4:49 pm

Christo,first of all i want to wellcome a new active member to our forum.
I like your Carob tree very much,and it shows that you did some serious work on its dead wood and trunk...You are absolutely right progress on this species is very slow and also i am suprised that you kept it alive with no roots.I had no luck with Carob trees so far.I asked around and i was told that they are very sensitive when you cut their roots,they get some kind of desease,mikites...
Well done.

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Re: Carob tree

Post  Greg on Sun Oct 14, 2012 5:35 pm

Hello Christo and welcome to the Cyprus bonsai Forum.
Its a pleasure to see more cypriots interesting in Bonsai.

You carob tree is great. For my eyes is a fantastic material. A nice trunk with a gently movement. Well done for keeping this alive. As Savvas said beware during and after repotting. Probably the solution is to keep Repotting circles to the maximum period.
When did you repot this one?

Substrate looks ok! What is your mixing?
Carving is quite impressive. Something wrong at the border of live and dead part maybe but can be corrected.
Placing of branches its looks ok , The apex can be bended to be on the same line with the center of base.

you may need more fertilizer as you said.

Very good! thanks for sharing!!


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Carob tree

Post  wildfig on Sun Oct 14, 2012 6:02 pm

Yes that was die-back of bark.
I planted the tree in this pot 2 years ago.
As regards soil mix I always like to err on the porous side. I use 80% gravel with sieved irish moss peat some garden soil, crushed olive seeds from mill or grape seeds if I can get them, perlite and slow release fertilizer pellets.

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Re: Carob tree

Post  stavros on Mon Oct 15, 2012 5:23 am

Hi Christo,
Powerful trunk, interesting features.
I have a couple of carob trees which are left in peace! No work done on them except some pruning.
Carobs do not like wet feet; they prefer to be on the very dry side. As Savvas has mentioned, they are prone to fungal disease so it would not hurt to water the tree with fungicide every couple of months, especially during the winter and the humid summers.

I would not touch the roots unless it becomes pot-bound.

Fertilising, is something that you should consider doing more often, at the right concentrations.

Nice work on the deadwood; it can only get better (adding grain and irregularities) as the basic work is very good.

Thanks for posting.

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