That’s what they call it in Latin America at least. In old world Latin, it’s tamarindus indica. The name comes from Arabic: Tamar Hindi, which is Indian date. It was changed (probably because British don’t pronounce the letter “h”) to “Tamar ‘indi” which gives you “tamarindi” (for Latin words you add the “us” ending, like fic-us or maxim-us) so that’s why it’s “tamarindus”. With Spanish, the endings are usually an a or an o, like loca, or loco (crazy with a male or female ending) tamarindo. In English we don’t like words with a vowel ending so the “I” or the “o” is dropped (I guess it comes from Germanic gutteral endings. Spoken English is hardly ever called pretty or song-like, except for those with Irish accents, and they tend to add a vowel sound on the end of word in their speech patterns). So I call it “tamarind”. Weird how words morph from language to language.
Nice bark and it’s not a telephone pole, it has some movement.
One solution is to cut it all off and start fresh, they respond really well to a trunk chop. But, that’d be too easy. And not much entertainment either. You’re gonna enjoy this one. Or call me crazy. Or crazier. I’m shooting for the craziest actually. El Bonsai Loco!
First, some housekeeping. Then the bondage (sounds like a good plot line….)
I won’t be repotting it but I will practice some “soji” on it (a term I just learned from Juan Andrade, it means to remove the top layer of compacted soil. I’ve practiced it often enough, but I didn’t know it had a bonafide bonsai name). But I’ll do that after I make all the mess.
We have an unwanted branch. In this case, it was cut it off flush. In many cases I might leave a portion to have a Jin (or I had some gin and I wasn’t cutting so good…). But since we have a tree that can heal a wound like this, we will take advantage of the way sap flows to help heal it faster.
Hit the cut….and have nowhere to go. The flow has to regrow a new path around the cut. But…BUT… if we make the cut into this shape…the sap has a quicker path to the top….And heals faster. Learned that trick from Master Cheng of Taiwan.
When we bend a branch (think of it as a cylinder with consecutively smaller cylinders inside it, basically the growth rings)……….there are at least two forces acting upon it (the third might be torsion)….tension is pulling the fibers on the outside of the bend, compression is pushing those fibers together. This is why a branch will snap….But, by applying another layer (more plastic or flexible) on the outside of the branch….
that outside layer is now being compressed and won’t crack. Hopefully. I feel so very bonsai-ish when I use raffia. There is a thing about using modern science and traditional material to accomplish an artistic endeavour. It’s kinda hipster.
I still need to refresh the top soil level but you don’t need to see that. I’ll fertilize and keep it in the shade for a bit, I did some heavy bending and it doesn’t need the late summer Florida sun toasting the branches.
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