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Bonsai Anyone?
    #4609502 - 09/01/05 07:38 PM (11 years, 10 months ago)

Are there any bonsai enthusiasts out there? If so what type and style are you growing? I personally think that bonsai is a great artform which teaches patience and planning. I've got a couple of trident maples that are about 10 years old...beautiful plants


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Re: Bonsai Anyone? [Re: aig]
    #4609590 - 09/01/05 07:54 PM (11 years, 10 months ago)

I use to have bonsai, but when I moved, my new patio turned out to be too hot here in Tx, 112 deg some days, they all fried, my fav, was a grove of maples. I have been thinging of getting a black olive
that I can keep inside. this is a old pic of mine before they died.


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Re: Bonsai Anyone? [Re: rod]
    #4618722 - 09/04/05 06:57 AM (11 years, 10 months ago)

so where can u buy these things


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Re: Bonsai Anyone? [Re: Fluxburn]
    #4618938 - 09/04/05 11:32 AM (11 years, 10 months ago)

bonsai simply means tray planted(roughly), there are many good online supliers of live bonsai trees or you can grab just the suplies and seed of your favorite tree and have at it.


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Re: Bonsai Anyone? [Re: ssjwizard]
    #4619209 - 09/04/05 01:33 PM (11 years, 10 months ago)

ok, so not be be an idiot but u have any links of growing bosnai from seed?


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Re: Bonsai Anyone? [Re: Fluxburn]
    #4619516 - 09/04/05 04:48 PM (11 years, 10 months ago)

hey id like some info on that too, all i found so far
is adds of books n stuff...


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Re: Bonsai Anyone? [Re: Vertigo6911]
    #4621454 - 09/05/05 02:53 AM (11 years, 10 months ago)

Growing a bonsai from seed is no different from growing anything else, at least to start with. Doing that results in VERY delayed gratification (but much greater in the end.)

I got my feet wet in bonsai with junipers bought from Lowe's. Its a great way to get into it quickly, as well as to practice technique without worrying about killing something you've invested years in.


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Re: Bonsai Anyone? [Re: PsychoChipmunk]
    #4621608 - 09/05/05 04:21 AM (11 years, 10 months ago)

what we need is something that tells us how to cut and where in order to turn our sprouts into bonsai...


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Re: Bonsai Anyone? [Re: Vertigo6911]
    #4621753 - 09/05/05 06:24 AM (11 years, 10 months ago)

There is no real set in stone way to go about what you're asking. One thing that comes to mine- your plant should be in a shallow dish. By restricting the roots space you will keep the plant smaller, but this isn't strictly necessary.

As far as cutting, its best to use a set of concave cutters. These are a type of specialty pruning tool that leaves a concave indention where you make the cut. Wound dressing is used by some people to help the plant heal and leave less of a scar. I've never used it and have never had problems, I also think the scars can give character to the plant.

At some point you will need to 'top' the plant, which is just removing the apex. This will generally slow/halt vertical growth and cause the plant to expand horizontally. When to do this is up to you.

There are alot of things that can be done to give your plant different types of character. Its a good idea to go to a library and look at some books on the subject, as some other techniques that are used can end up killing your plant (like defoliation) if not done right (and sometimes even then.)


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Re: Bonsai Anyone? [Re: PsychoChipmunk]
    #4622227 - 09/05/05 01:40 PM (11 years, 10 months ago)

thanks, I was thinking of going with the blood japanese maple. very beautiful plant


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Re: Bonsai Anyone? [Re: Fluxburn]
    #4625574 - 09/06/05 02:40 PM (11 years, 10 months ago)

I have several bonsai..... including a red wood, japanese red maple, and many others. I have taken several bonsai classes and basically what they all amount to is..... its your bonsai.... do what you want with it.
A bonsai can be as big or as small as you want it....
One thing I've been told is you want a dish that is approximately twice as deep as the trunk of your tree is thick...
If you don't like the idea of topping your trees you can just form the tree into strange shapes so that it doesn't appear as tall....
One thing people do in order to keep their trees from growing too large is in the spring/early summer when the trees come out of dormancy pluck the new growth points from the trees(these are typically of a different color then the established foliage). This will keep them from growing as large and seems much less traumatic than chopping off large portions of the tree.... in my own opinion.
Also, approximately once a year you want to pull the tree up from its container and trim down the roots. This also helps to keep it from growing too large.


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Re: Bonsai Anyone? [Re: ShattrdHarlequin]
    #4626071 - 09/06/05 05:18 PM (11 years, 10 months ago)

nice tips man, thanks


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Re: Bonsai Anyone? [Re: aig]
    #4627315 - 09/06/05 10:33 PM (11 years, 10 months ago)

i have many bonzai.
Got into it when i was 12 with my mother.

I have a juniper, a couple red maples, a couple crab apples, a couple orange trees.
im also starting the process with a few caudisiforms O. decaryi and dorstina gigas.

Both the o. decaryi and the dorstina make fantastic bonzai.


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Re: Bonsai Anyone? [Re: Fluxburn]
    #4628555 - 09/07/05 02:59 AM (11 years, 10 months ago)

Quote:

Fluxburn said:
ok, so not be be an idiot but u have any links of growing bosnai from seed?




http://www.bonsaitalk.com/

Its a whole online community/message dedicated to growing bonsai. I'm sure there's tons of people here that could help you out. There's other links and articles too.

I just got a bonsai plant myself, but I'm a newbie and don't know much about bonsai at all. First I need to decide how I want to shape it. At this point I have no clue. One day when have the time I'll post a picture. Its a Juniper.

I do know that growing bonsai from seed can take a REALLY long time depending on what type of tree you grow. Expect anywhere from 20 - 80 years until your bonsai is 'completed'. The art of bonsai is not for those who seek instant gratification.


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Re: Bonsai Anyone? [Re: Vertigo6911]
    #4630914 - 09/07/05 07:01 PM (11 years, 10 months ago)

heres a place where I got some trees from, and their site has a lot of good info.
http://www.brusselsbonsai.com/


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