Bought this JM off Alan Harriman who used to own China Mist (Bonsai Pot maker) for £600.This is it in the boot of my car 6th April 2014:
And this is it on my bench a few weeks later. Picture taken on the 24th April 2014:
I had a attack of black fly, they sit on the stalks and under the leaves and suck the sap out of the tree which effects the leaves, especially the internal leaves. Picture taken 1st May 2014
So I treated it with Systemic Insecticide call Provado and defoliated to start all over again. Defoliation took three sessions or about 5hrs! pic taken 5th May 2014:
The tree was healthy and should push out a new flush of leaves within a few weeks.
Photo taken 0n the 14th June with its new leaves after defoliation:
These pictures where taken around the 15th November 2015
This picture was taken on the 19th April 2015:
Today I went through the trea and trimmed all the shoots and cut all the large leaves to open up the tree a little. I also straightened the lower left branch a bit:
This tree is too dense and the interior shoots are weak and yellow (first pic). To let more light into the inner parts of the tree, I need to reduce every pair of leaves to one and cut the remaining leaf in half, this process take a good 6 hours on this tree which I have to do over a few days after work.
Before leaf pair reduction 14th May 2016:
After pair reduction and leave cut 23rd May 2016:
And you can see a few weeks later the inner buds start to grow through the canopy 19th June 2016:
Same again next year.
On the 19th January 2017 I cut back all the thicker branches and ant wigs to two to improve ramification. The tree bleed a lot and would prob have been better don’t just after leaf drop but I didn’t have time.
On the 14th March 2017 I repotted this into its new pot from walsall ceramics, I reduced the rootball by about 50%:
1st April 17 spring leaves: