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Chamaerops as Bonsai


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I think Chamaerops are the palms that are most suited to bonsai because they don’t mind root pruning, can survive longer draughts and become over 100 years old.

I can present two examples which have suffered longer draughts, one has also survived the last German winter 2015/16 all time outdoors.

The older palm was grown up in 1986 from a seed of a Sicilian palm (Palermo). The first pic was taken in 2003 when the palm was 17 years old, the second pic is taken today, now 30 years old. The yellowing of the fronds was caused by longer frosts during last winter.

The younger palm (var. argentea = cerifera), grown up from RPS seed in 2003 and till 2015 in a small clay pot of only 8.5x8.5cm size. As it dried out too fast it got repotted in a 10x10x10cm glazed container. The last pic shows it, this year 13 years old.

The soil is for both 100% marble pebbles.

1986-2003 in 16x16 cm container:

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1986-2016 in same container:

5765891917df6_Chamaerops19862016-06-18P1

2003-2015 in 8.5x8.5 cm pot:

57658922474fe_Chamaerops20032015-04-14P1

2003-2016 in 10x10x10 cm container:

576589298fe64_Chamaerops2016-06-17P10108

Another one I gave away in 2008 didn’t survive any more; it was Ch. hum. v. argentea, grown up in 2003 and only 3 years old on the photo:

57658bba99455_Chamaerops2003b2006-09-15.

 

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Do you trim the roots each time you repot?  

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14 hours ago, Pal Meir said:

I think Chamaerops are the palms that are most suited to bonsai because they don’t mind root pruning, can survive longer draughts and become over 100 years old.

I can present two examples which have suffered longer draughts, one has also survived the last German winter 2015/16 all time outdoors.

Oops, I just noticed that I’ve written »draught«, but I meant of course »drought« … :rolleyes:

My photos at flickr: flickr.com/photos/palmeir/albums

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They look great. Thanks for the photos

Meg

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When I got back my bonsai Chamaerops 5 years ago it looked like this (pic #1). :sick: Then I planned to make a real bonsai (pic #2). :rolleyes: But now 5 years later it is looking like this (pic #3). :huh: What can I do making it grow smaller fans:interesting:

#1:

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#2:

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#3:

5b5cbd28d2a8a_Chamaerops19862018-07-28P1

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