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TPT Bonsai Thread! Show off your collection!

Some pics from this morning. The tree is budding nicely and the glosso is coming back as well. I think I will wire the tree this year.






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Does anyone know if I can use used Aquasoil for replanting? I took down a 1.8g tank and have a small amount left.
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Well. Today I went to lunch with a friend, and we decided that we should build a bonsai bench. Five hours and a trip to the Home Depot later, voila!





The whole thing still needs to be stained and I need to add a center brace around the whole thing. But for two sixteen/seventeen year old guys who decided to throw this thing together on a whim in a Tuesday afternoon, it's certainly not too shabby.

I'm having my elm professionally repotted in a place in GA day after tomorrow and will probably pick up some new material then. Which reminds me, I need to pay for the trident maple! Enjoy!

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Soak it in polyurethane, lots of water, weather and abuse. Like 3-6 layers, sand between coats. Otherwise, that will be rotten and sorry lookign after a couple fo years. Water seal, heck, lots of everything.

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Does anyone know if I can use used Aquasoil for replanting? I took down a 1.8g tank and have a small amount left.
No, only as a partial amendment for things like Oaks, Bays, some wetland tree species.

You need good drainage.

ADA As will compact severely.

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Soak it in polyurethane, lots of water, weather and abuse. Like 3-6 layers, sand between coats. Otherwise, that will be rotten and sorry lookign after a couple fo years. Water seal, heck, lots of everything.
Cool, thanks for the advice. Gotta stain it too. It's not near done yet but works for now. No bad weather on the way for a little while, so I have some time.

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wow, i didnt know people could just build stuff like that.
i wouldnt even know where to start. the closest i get to building is assembling crap from ikea.
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wow, i didnt know people could just build stuff like that.
i wouldnt even know where to start. the closest i get to building is assembling crap from ikea.
Haha, we made a mess in Home Depot for like two hours. This was actually pretty straightforward, because they sell staircase pieces. So it makes for a very easy tiered construction!

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You should make a write up and post the plans that you used! I would love something like this!!!

Why are you getting the elm repotted by someone else? Why not do it yourself? You're definitely capable!
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What are these things you all are posting? Green stuff not submerged in water? I don't understand!
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You should make a write up and post the plans that you used! I would love something like this!!!

Why are you getting the elm repotted by someone else? Why not do it yourself? You're definitely capable!
The elm is severely root bound and I don't have the tools nor do I feel I have the experience to repot such a tree. So I'd rather have it done by an experienced bonsai master. Plus, I'll buy some new material while I'm there.

Here's how I built it. These are all the pieces put together in the store, lol.


The pieces we ended up using were:
- three-step stair pieces (2x)
- 2"x4", 30" (4x)
- 2"x4", 43" (4x)
- 48"x6" (6x)

Here's all the stuff on the way out.


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What are these things you all are posting? Green stuff not submerged in water? I don't understand!
Lol.

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Great, now I'm going to have to build a bonsai bench. Sure would be nice to have the trees closer to eye level than sitting on the ground.

Speaking of which, this past weekend I surprisingly found the time to build a planter box from some recycled wood, and I repotted one of my trees that I started from seed about 3 years ago. I'll post pictures later tonight!

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This is an ornamental peach that I've been growing from seed for the past few years. Still very far from being called a bonsai, but I'm working on it. They pot is way too big, but at this point I'm just trying to get some meat on the tree!






And here's the planter box I threw together. I had collected seeds from interesting trees this past fall and finally got around to planting them.
Trees included:
Ginkgo
Burr Oak
Locust
Douglas Fir
Bald Cypress
Some kind of deciduous magnolia
Magnolia grandiflora
Sweetgum



On the left you can see a silver x red maple that I've begun to grow on the main seiryu stone from my 48 gallon iwagumi. I was originally growing another tree on it, but it didn't take the transplant too well. A maple seed from my neighbors tree had fallen into one of the cracks in the rock and started growing, so I left it there. I'm excited to see some new growth on it this spring!

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The best and fastest way to get meat on that peach is to put it in a LARGE pot or in the ground!
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Added the braces, which straightened it all out considerably and virtually eliminated all rocking.





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