Collecting for Bonsai – Hawthorn! Boothe Farm 3!!

Collecting for Bonsai – Hawthorn! Boothe Farm 3!!


I’m back at the Boothe farm and I want
to let you know how I got access to this property. I used to work with the lady up
on the hill, who owns this, as well as her daughter-in-law, who lives over here in this
next house. And all I did was simply ask them, and they said “Yeah, absolutely!
come on out and take a peek. Just make sure you close the gate so
that the animals don’t get out.” Pretty easy. Important Lesson #1: Goats cannot be trusted. Well, the goats got through, because goats are jerks. You! You’re a jerk! Hi. So, I’ve got barberry here and
here that I have to get rid of. Oh yeah. Hi. Alright, now that most of the barberry is out of the way, we can see what some of this
tree looks like from the inside. I have these three trunks and I’m
looking at whether I want to keep them all or if I want to cut a couple off.
What I’m seeing though, is that this has the most interest with this line right
here. This trunk has lots of interesting features coming down this way. I really,
actually, kind of like that little elbow there. and it has kind of a chunky
naturally grown form. There’s some taper here, going from
wide to a little bit smaller that way. These other two… you can see this one’s straight as an arrow for
a solid six to eight inches. It’s about eight inches. Again, you can see
this guy is just straight, straight, straight. There’s no curve. There’s nothing
very interesting about this guy. From the bottom coming back up,
there’s nothing here that’s really exciting. The excitement comes with this
funky, sort of gnarly guy here. Especially the way that bends down and
comes to the little elbow that I was talking about. This is going to be a
pretty cool piece, I think. This is what I’ve done. I went ahead and
cleaned that up as I said I was going to. I love the way this guy comes up and then
down here. You’ve got this little “strong-arm” branch right here that I might end up
cutting off. It’s almost like an elephant face.
It’s pretty neat! This will all end up getting carved into
a little deadwood feature. I think that’ll be really
beautiful especially since this has kind of a gnarled movement and the image
of an older tree. Having some dead wood here just shows that this guy
potentially had something that has broken off and it’s regrown and it’s just
lived a strong life. And that’s what this is. I’m going to dig up the root ball about
five or six times larger than the base of the tree is in diameter.
Don’t use the shovel to hack away at large roots. Use a pruning saw or a pair
of pruning shears in order to cut them. Thankfully, this field soil is nice and
soft. When you’ve made it all the way around, come back one shovel width and do
it again. This will allow you to create a trench around the tree.
When you create a trench like this, it gives you access to the roots that you
would not normally have. The more access you had to the roots the easier your job will
be. You will have more room to maneuver a saw or a pair of pruning shears. Here’s the tree and just below here
we have a very large tap root. It’s probably looking at about it’s about
three and a half inches in diameter at this point. It’s probably a bit larger there.
You know that curves up. This is probably the biggest one that’s keeping
this tree in the ground. We’ve had a few smaller roots like this guy right here,
which I was able to cut. There’s a few more on the other side. And I think that
once this is cut most of this is gonna be cake getting out of here. Important Lesson #2:
Always check video card memory before filming. Well, it’s a
shame. It looks like my other camera decided to
crap out on me. I’m sorry. Important Lesson #3:
Always wrap the root ball before transporting it. Well, good. All right. Let’s get this home pretty quick. I’m making cuts to this root system.
It’s going to allow the tree to sit lower into the pot. And that will also promote growth at those cuts. Next, I add it to a bath of rooting hormone
and nutrients while I prepare the pot. You don’t need a fancy bonsai container to start with. This is simply a
plastic storage container that I’m drilling some holes into. The holes are
for drainage as well as for wire. I have the wires already in place and next I’m
going to add some soil. This is a mixture of Turface, diatomaceous earth,
pine bark, and sifted sand. You can find the mixture ratio in the description below. Position the tree into the pot and then use the wires to retain the root system. Pull in twist the wires to keep the tree secure. Add some of your soil mixture into the
pot and work it into the root system with the chopstick. This newly collected
root system does not have a lot of fine roots, so it’s very easy to work it in.
Work your chopstick up and down, wiggle it side to side, and start from the trunk
and work your way outward. Whenever you’re finished, tap the sides of
the pot to get that soil worked in nice and tight. Make sure you water the tree
thoroughly when you’re finished. I even add some of the rooting hormone
and nutrient mix back into the soil. I hope you’ve enjoyed this video.
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96 thoughts on “Collecting for Bonsai – Hawthorn! Boothe Farm 3!!

  1. Yes! A new video. Thanks. Greetings from Germany. Keep up your good work. It is really nice watching you working on bonsai

  2. I fell you work with a headset for your editing.
    Nutriment and hormon its the key for this way of bonsai. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  3. I am always glad to see your videos. They always inspire me to want to go out looking for more mature trees, because for some reason (laziness) I usually settle for little saplings!

  4. Good things. Thanks again as always!
    What happened to that descending on line your main trunk? I thought that was going to be the main leader..?
    Do you seal all of these cuts & if so with what?

  5. Wow, you have got hair! i always thought you are bald with that cup . Aah… well maybe it's because I'm bald myself👴 joke aside what kind of root hormone do you use? Thanks

  6. Yeah, another nice one. I also digged 3 Pieces nearly like this one. It gives me hope to get buds this year because of the hard cuts and the less roots your material had. Big up to your Work and go on with this fine hobby. Next weekend Europe is visiting the noelanders Trophy in Belgium. I’ll be there and really looking forward because it’s the 20th time, this exhibition will happen.
    Cheers, Gabriel from Germany

  7. Awesome find and dig. It’s great to see your process for selecting a specimen and what to cut and keep for both roots and branches. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Thank You…always an adventure watching you practice your skill….I always learn and will someday test myself with your example….tm

  9. Why do you add diatomaceous earth? Is this in granular form apart from a fine powder? I am only familiar with it at work where we use it as a natural treatment for nats.

  10. I was just out scouting a local cow pasture today and found some of the most incredible hawthorn I’ve ever seen! Perfect video to pop up on my feed today. I feel that hawthorns are some of the best and gnarliest trees for bonsai in the eastern USA. I think we’re just starting to scratch the surface of hawthorn bonsai in the US. Exciting stuff, nice tree, always love your videos.

  11. Can you give us some advice about when can we do this to the tree and be less stressful? I think my question is: Do you do it in sprint/winter or what season? 🙂

    PS:Good to se another video !!

  12. What nutrients do you put in the root hormone bath? I have thought about using this method before but have always resulted to just using plain dechlorinated water instead with or without root hormone in fear of burning the new cuts.

  13. I usually do the cuts then leave the tree in the ground, and collect before the buds start.
    In Scotland we can go anywhere without asking permission.this is the Law.

  14. glad to see youre uploading again. what gives wit h the hiatus? youre easily one of the best bonsai channels, super relatable and knowledgable unlike the "professional bonsai channels" i still enjoy them for the technical knowledge of bonsai but your content is what makes me want to do and continue to do bonsai.

  15. Great job. There is no root on the tree. How can you survive the tree in this way ? or how does the tree survive and feed until it forms a root ?

  16. Ryan Neil said turface isn't really that good as bonsai soil. He said it holds water well but doesn't give it back.

  17. I have a bunch of hawthorn near my house. I never thought they would make good bonsai because of their thorns. I knew hawthorn made good bonsai I just didn't know thats what they were. I just figured out they were hawthorn this spring. I am excited to dig some up but its probably too late in the season huh? How do you deal with the thorns? Can you just clip them off?

  18. Hi, I accompany your work and I get every day, very wanting to learn more, you when you put them in the substrate, when using water fertilizer or rooting? and this sand is made of that, here we use shards of brick, tiles and saubstrato of Horta, black earth.

  19. I like you vids but this is basically a video about collecting a tree and we dont see the collection happen. Still watched the whole thing though because I've learned quite a bit from them.

  20. If i bring a tree inside in Minnesota, idk how its gonna adjust to the weather or light. Suggestions please.

  21. I've a video of a hawthorn of mine developed from similar very basic material on my channel. I really must get around to doing a before and after video like yours. Its extraordinary how far its come in such a short time. Crataegus really are great for bonsai!

  22. Sorry for asking so many questions on your vids. I’m new to the game. Have your hawthorn trees had any die back on the tips? I’m marking trees for spring collecting and I’ve noticed most hawthorns have die back on the tops and branch tips. Not sure what the solution is. Maybe a fungicide treatment??

  23. Do you sift your pine bark as well? If so, what size? Thanks for the video. I'm watching your collection vids multiple times as I've got a couple of trees I plan on collecting in late winter/early spring.

  24. Vào kênh e xem ủng hộ e với ạ.e cũng mới làm kênh về bonsai, rất mong đc giao lưu cùng mọi người

  25. แถบตัวหนังสือ ภาษาไทย มัน บัง รูปภาพ บางครั้ง ไม่เห็น ภาพ สำคัญ ปรับปรุงด้วยถ้าอยากให้คนดูได้ศึกษา

  26. i think the tree didnt have allot of growth from spring 2017 to summer 2018. i like your videos and waiting for the next. college didnt left you time for upload lately. thanks

  27. I would like to review this plan today … More success for the channel!

    PS. As I don't understand English I used Google translator.

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