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post #181 of 338
Todays planting....anyone syill reading the thread?

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post #182 of 338

I just started reading this thread... that tree is awesome!!! I have always been fascinated by bonsai tress

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Todays planting....anyone syill reading the thread?
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post #183 of 338
Thread Starter 

Ed, grab one of those junipers and start shaping. Or if they're too rich you should be able to find a nice J in a garden centre for a few bucks and hack the shit out of it.

 

Post a complete shot of all your plants.

 

lefty

post #184 of 338
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Ed, grab one of those junipers and start shaping. Or if they're too rich you should be able to find a nice J in a garden centre for a few bucks and hack the shit out of it.

Post a complete shot of all your plants.

lefty

Yeah those started at 100. They were all 12 or older. I would get a juniper but I don't have any tools. Only been at this for a year so I wanted to see if I would stick around with the hobby. Hoping fam gets me a gift certificate to the bonsai store here. Glad you want to see all my stuff. May do it this weekend. Won't take any of the pre bonsai
post #185 of 338
Holy balls on a stick. This bad boy is for sale. I don't want to even THINK about shipping it from Taiwan to the states... hell, how would you pack it?

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post #186 of 338
Thread Starter 

To my eye that looks pretty off.

 

Get a few basic cheap tools to start. Concave cutter, root cutter, pruning scissors, and some wire. For example: http://nicheturf.com/bonsai/?page_id=17

 

Make your own soil and buy cheap pots.

 

lefty

post #187 of 338
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To my eye that looks pretty off.lefty

Yeah, too much curvature and bending. if that one zig-zag in the middle wans't there it'd look decent. also doesn't appear to be a lot of tapering in the trunk.
post #188 of 338
will do epic update for this thread when i go to my father in law's and snap his collection.
post #189 of 338
so my little tiny bonsai with the dime is so small it got lost in my other accent plants and didn't get watered last week. facepalm.gif it wasn't doing too good. had i waited another day it'd likely die.

Edinatlanta fails again...

Anyway, my humble collection.... as requested. Before I get to it I want to show what I picked up a couple weekends ago.

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12-year Alberta Spruce. I name all my bonsai, this is "Bruce the Spruce".

The literati in the back I've posted already. Got the juniper in the blue pot at our club's auction a few months ago. paid, IIRC $8. needs a bunch of work, but the pot is perfect and a $20 pot, on a good day. I've started work on it.

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The tropicals you've seen before too. Sherry the Cherry (front) is being restyled as a cascade so I held it similar so it wouldn't look like a few branches flopping around. Took it to a workshop and because it had only been potted a few months we didn't take it out so it could establish roots a little better. Next year it'll be redone. Finally got Larissa the Serissa to be healthy. Needed three times more fertilizer than I'd been using. Hopefully it'll start flowering in a few months.

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Now, again, next year is going to be totally BAMF. A selection of pre-bonsai I have that I need to figure out what I'm going to do with.

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Got an azalea in the front (Mahalia the Azalea) but I don't know what I'm going to do with it. Gets too much sun where I keep my bonsai, like waaaaaaay too much sun. Also, soil needs to be acidified which I am doing. Got a bald cypress (tall, uh, bald dormant tree). Winged Euonymus on the right. Bark on that thing is incredible. Has the most spectacular firey red leaves I've ever seen. In the back is a lorapetalum.

I've also got a couple things planted which I didn't photo. A maple (Mable the Maple) that I picked up at our auction for 3 or 4 bucks, can't remember. needs a bunch of growth and healing so its in the ground. At the NC bonsai show, got a just stunning dwarf willow but I want the trunk to thicken up before I pot it. Just a really remarkable thing.
post #190 of 338
Thread Starter 

Okay, stop buying shit and start working on what you have. Pick up some cheap pots and repot. Get some pruners and wire on that spruce - there's a nice tree in there. And for the love of god get rid of that white marker. 

 

lefty

post #191 of 338
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Okay, stop buying shit

This is SF, that's easier said than done redface.gif

Seriously though yeah I'm done there's nothing else I really want and I don't really have any more space until i build my bench. Going to hopefully get a gift certificate for the bonsai nursery here (asked for it for christmas which of course means my family will ignore what I request and get something entirely different that I don't want or need...) and I'll get tools then. The spruce is actually really nice. Not a specimen but it could be. might take a better photo this week. Definitely needs some pruning but I won't do anything major for a year. Also lol about the marker my roommate's friends have asked what the plants are when I'm not there so I just leave them in for my plants.

But yeah, i'm glad someone at least digs my stuff.
post #192 of 338
supermarket had a couple Bonsais for sale amongst all the flowers, lol. I will take a couple pics next time I go and see if you guys think they're any good for starting with.
post #193 of 338
Yeah, I have wanted to start growing after seeing the collection they have in the Botanical Gardens at the Huntington Library as a kid. I went back last year again to see it and was really motivated to try.

I want to start off with just one and currently doing some research. I am thinking the tree will mostly be indoors so I will need sufficient equipment to keep it alive. I am still trying to decide if I want to buy one from a nursery or start from seeds or a cutting...the latter is probably much more difficult though.
post #194 of 338
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Yeah, I have wanted to start growing after seeing the collection they have in the Botanical Gardens at the Huntington Library as a kid. I went back last year again to see it and was really motivated to try.
I want to start off with just one and currently doing some research. I am thinking the tree will mostly be indoors so I will need sufficient equipment to keep it alive. I am still trying to decide if I want to buy one from a nursery or start from seeds or a cutting...the latter is probably much more difficult though.

you are making it harder than it is. cuttings and seed take a long time to turn into a bonsai, obviously. also if you aren't familiar with how to style you may not end up with a great result. but not so much harder. indoor bonsai aren't any easier to take care of than outdoor. The sufficient equipment is water. if you get a tropical you'll need to have a humidity tray and rocks to set the tree on in the tray (put water in there, duh). water when the soil is dry. its just like any other plant.
post #195 of 338
Thanks for the info! Yeah, I have a habit of over-complicating things but I'm working on it. I am still doing more research before I buy anything as I only want one or two.
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