Temple Bells in bud - now in flower

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Temple Bells in bud - now in flower

Postby taffyman » Sat Nov 08, 2008 9:26 pm

Two days ago, this Thai Temple Bells (Wrightii Religiosa) had flowers all over it. Those have dropped off and been replaced by hundreds of new buds - at least triple the flowers that were on it. I'm hoping they'll all open at the same time - it'll look spectacular if they do. These photos don't really do the tree justice. Anyway, here they are with all the buds - when they open, I'll update this post.

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Re: Temple Bells in bud

Postby Mister Wisteria » Sun Nov 09, 2008 8:42 am

That is wonderful Taffy, love it. :D
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Re: Temple Bells in bud

Postby lmrk » Sun Nov 09, 2008 9:43 am

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :shock: :shock: :shock: That is absolutely magnificent Taffy!!!!!! =p~ =p~ =p~ The description you have given of the perfume - you can almost smell it off the screen!!! :lol: :lol: Can't wait to see what it looks like when the flowers open - don't forget to post pics when it does! :wink:
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Re: Temple Bells in bud

Postby taffyman » Fri Nov 14, 2008 8:20 pm

Now it's in full flower. It's a bit difficult to really show this tree off for the best effect because all the flowers hang down from under the foliage, but believe me - it does look impressive. This is the largest amount of flowers I've ever seen on this tree (Y)

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Re: Temple Bells in bud - now in flower

Postby guzzigirl » Sat Nov 15, 2008 8:34 am

that really is lovely taffy. you must be doing something right! (Y)
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Re: Temple Bells in bud - now in flower

Postby Mister Wisteria » Sat Nov 15, 2008 9:50 am

Beautiful Taffy, beautiful. :D :D :D
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Re: Temple Bells in bud - now in flower

Postby Luzy » Sat Nov 15, 2008 4:45 pm

Wow!! Taffy, that looks spectacular! :D
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Re: Temple Bells in bud - now in flower

Postby lmrk » Tue Nov 25, 2008 3:40 pm

That is just simply beautiful Taffy =p~ =p~ (Y)
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Re: Temple Bells in bud - now in flower

Postby Thoreau42 » Fri Jan 16, 2009 3:44 pm

Hi Taffy
I'm new to bonsai
Can you tell me the Potting ,pruning, root pruning etc times for Temple Bells
I live on the Gold Coast
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Re: Temple Bells in bud - now in flower

Postby taffyman » Fri Jan 16, 2009 9:02 pm

Hi Thoreau42, welcome to our forum - and the great world of Bonsai.
Do you have a Temple Bells? If you have, I'd be interested to know where you sourced it from - it's not very widely available in Oz, and information like that is good for others that might like to get one.
There is very little information around about the care and treatment of this tree, so this is just my experience of working with it and what I've been able to find out from others.
This tree will tolerate hot and humid conditions as well as cooler and less humid conditions.
It can be propagated from normal cuttings and also root cuttings - it suckers from the root area.
Potting, pruning and root pruning is better in spring, but in our climate, pruning can be done just about any time of the year. I've repotted the one in this topic in mid summer without any problems, so it's a pretty forgiving tree.
It can be cut back severely and will readily shoot from old wood - you can take it back to a bare trunk and it will bounce back fairly quickly.
A good time to prune is after the flowers have died off because when they die, they don't just drop off, they leave dead bits all over the tree and it looks messy.
Keep the tree moist - they don't like to dry out.
Feed with your favourite fertilizer regularly and it will reward you with a profusion of very healthy growth.
Hope this bit of info helps.
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Re: Temple Bells in bud - now in flower

Postby Pam » Sat Jan 17, 2009 4:26 am

I get the impression they're fairly easy to come by up north Taffy.
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Re: Temple Bells in bud - now in flower

Postby Thoreau42 » Sat Jan 17, 2009 2:44 pm

Hi Taffy
Thanks for your reply and the "care info"
I have two Temple Bells ,I bought them at an auction the Gold Coast Bonsai club had about 4 months ago.
Our club is in recession (bad word) over Xmas/ new year so will get more info when the club meets in Feb.
Some of our experienced members should know where to source some plants
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Re: Temple Bells in bud - now in flower

Postby Thoreau42 » Thu Feb 26, 2009 6:18 pm

Hi Taffy
Our club has held its first meeting for the year with a very good number of members present.

As far as Temple Bells go it appears that most propagate their own from cuttings.
No one knew of any commercial outlets.
Sorry its not much help.
With your help mine have improved out of sight

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Re: Temple Bells in bud - now in flower

Postby taffyman » Thu Feb 26, 2009 8:04 pm

You're very welcome T42 and thanks for the info about not being able to source commercially. I'm just about to prune mine, so I reckon I'll be having a go at propagating the cuttings (Y)
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