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Duncan Robertson
Jun 10, 2021
In RMBS Forum
I'm interested in your experience with top dressings. I've read about how moss can be difficult in our climate and solutions for making it work in the Parameters for growing moss chat. I don't think I'm ready to mess with that, yet. Still, I am having issues with soil washing away when I water – particularly on store-bought, deciduous trees that have more of a traditional soil, instead of the akadama mix I've used on others. So, I'm looking for ways to cut that out. I have one tree from The Bonsai Nursery with a kind of sharp, small, black rock on top. I can't tell if it's lava or not, but it seems to work really well without the bulk of chunkier lava I've seen around. Perhaps the solution is going back and asking what they use, but I'd still like to know more. What do you use?
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Duncan Robertson
May 22, 2021
In RMBS Forum
Hi! I’m in the phase of learning bonsai where I feel like keeping plants alive is a victory and improving my botanical education seems like a very important step in the process. So I was wonderin: Where did you gain your botanical understanding? where does one start? Is there a book you would recommend? A course? A teacher? YouTube videos? is there a certain level of education to aim for? Is there such a thing as getting too “in the weeds“ when it comes to botany and bonsai for beginners? I’d love to know your thoughts and experiences along this path.
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Duncan Robertson
Feb 10, 2021
In RMBS Forum
I've accidentally created two accounts and I only want to use one. I do not see a logout option in my account or on the forum pages.
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Duncan Robertson
Jan 18, 2021
In RMBS Forum
I recently came across a few different takes on creating a bonsai care calendar and thought a localized version could be a great resource, especially for beginners like me. Please take a look at the links below and let me know what you think. Would it be beneficial to create something like this for RMBS? Does something like this already exist? Is advice localized enough to warrant a new resource, or should we go off what has already been done? Do you think members would be willing to contribute their knowledge and advice? Here are some of the examples I came across: https://www.bonsaiempire.com/basics/bonsai-care/advanced/calendar https://www.portlandbonsai.org/bonsai-care-calendars-1 http://www.bssf.org/guides/care-calendar/march-care-calendar/ http://www.bonsaicarebasics.com/care-calendar.html http://thenationalbonsaisociety.co.uk/bonsai_calendar.htm Note: I'm a graphic designer and I would be happy to create it if we could come to a consensus on what the appropriate content should be.
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Duncan Robertson
Jan 08, 2021
In RMBS Forum
Today I discovered some white web-like substance on one of my trees (See pics below). Is something to be concerned about? If so, what should I do about it?
What to do about fungus on Schefferla? content media
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Duncan Robertson
Dec 16, 2020
In RMBS Forum
I'm fairly new to bonsai and looking to understand the process from growing trees from seeds to pre-bonsai and on to bonsai plus whatever I am missing in those steps. I'm fairly visual, so a chart or infographic would be awesome, but I'd love to see the information in any form.
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Duncan Robertson
Dec 13, 2020
In RMBS Forum
Hi! I’m new here and to bonsai. I picked up this new tree today and it came without identifying materials. So, I want to make sure I know what kind it is. Then, I’d also love any advice about how to care for this plant in Denver. Thank you for any help you can give!
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