Bonsai

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  1. Cary Grant

    Cary Grant Senior member

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    Thanks for starting this thread, Lefty. It's on my "someday dream house" list to have a space to showcase and nurture a bonsai tree. Love this.
     
  2. lefty

    lefty Senior member

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    +1.

    I had two Japanese juniper bonsai trees, in separate pots, that I left in the care of my neighbour while we went to visit the in-laws in Japan for a month.

    When we came back, they were virtually dead and although I tried to nurse them back to health, they never recovered.

    It's a hobby that can be incredibly rewarding over time, but it requires a lot of patience and a lot of practice to get it right. If you are the sort of person who wants to get the ideal result quickly, bonsai is clearly not the hobby for you...


    Two years ago, I harvested a tree from the wild, cut it down to a stump and plopped it in my garden. This spring I dug it up, chopped the roots and put it into a training pot. Last week I chopped the truck again and left on two branches. I expect it to look like a tree in three years.

    Sorry you lost your trees.

    Wouldn't [​IMG] be more reliable than any neighbor/relative?

    You need to judge watering amounts each day on each tree, but that could work temporarily.

    Moar pics please. This thread is awesome.

    Enjoy.

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    lefty
     
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    This one is stunning. The one in the background, to the right, is as well.
     
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    lefty Senior member

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    This one is stunning. The one in the background, to the right, is as well.

    There is something beautiful about a dormant bonsai tree.

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    And the shari on this juniper is gorgeous.

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    lefty
     
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    Here's a great website for a nursery not far from me here in Boston. They have tons of examples of Bonsai for sale and some great info. If you are not too familiar with them, you can quickly appreciate the effort it takes to maintain and create them just like the pictures posted in the thread. Also for the upper end examples it is apparent provenance can often dictate pricing when you get into the 1000s. Much like art.

    http://www.bonsaiwest.com/gallery/index_browse.html
     
  6. lefty

    lefty Senior member

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    Nice site.

    This transition shows the skill and foresight involved:

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    lefty
     
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    Wow, i'm inspired to attempt growing one
     
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    The monastery just outside Atlanta has a monk who sells bonsai. I am planning on driving out there to pick up a tree.
     
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    What were your guy's first bonsai's? I've been looking at ficus's, junipers, money tree, Chinese elms, and colored maples. I like to raise one indoors inside my bedroom and one outdoors. I'm not too sure on what to get for indoors, but I do like to try out a Japanese Bloodgood Maple for outdoor. I live in San Diego, Ca btw..
     
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    What were your guy's first bonsai's? I've been looking at ficus's, junipers, money tree, Chinese elms, and colored maples. I like to raise one indoors inside my bedroom and one outdoors. I'm not too sure on what to get for indoors, but I do like to try out a Japanese Bloodgood Maple for outdoor. I live in San Diego, Ca btw..

    Got a mini tropical jade. It is very hardy and you can train it to do just about anything. Grows indoors too.
     
  11. lefty

    lefty Senior member

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    Chinese Elm, which is easy enough to grow. I'd pick something tropical for inside like ficus, but tropical trees are difficult to grow.

    A Bonsai nursery would have starter trees, but you could also go to regular nursery, look at the 1 or 5 gallon junipers and find a truck line you like. Bring it home and cut the roots, foliage and branches until you have a tree, then repot into a cheap plastic pot.

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    And the shari on this juniper is gorgeous.

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    lefty


    What's a "shari"?
     
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    I see. That tree does look amazing - like it's a three thousand year-old bristlecone pine. How many years do you think it takes to achieve such a look? 20 plus years?
     
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    I see. That tree does look amazing - like it's a three thousand year-old bristlecone pine. How many years do you think it takes to achieve such a look? 20 plus years?

    Saw some bonsai this weekend that were about 80 years old that looked like that. Also some much smaller ones that were only about three years old (or had three years of work, can't remember).
     

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