Great link Marko, good to know for the future. There's been one instance where that knowledge would have been very helpful to me, but since it was such a small and relatively insignificant branch to the composition of the tree I just let it go.
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." -- Steve Jobs
On a bad note, I killed the Azalea from last year due to missing one watering day when it was 100F. Part of it died, then I figured okay, the rest will at least recover. Nope. I can grow a wonderful, wet carpet of liverworts and super moist ground cover without any issues, but that zapped the Azalea.
I finally came up with a decent idea for the cork bark pre bonsai:
In about a year or two, it'll be in good shape and look pretty good.
Need to transfer to a different pot(I'll do this in the Fall) and allow the canopy to grow out, but that's pretty easy for this species.
Looking good Tom, especially the pine which I really envy. Like red maples, it seems that all of them for sale are either pencil-thin (and cheap) or as thick, if not thicker than yours (and $$$).
I really need to update my collection's photos when we get some sun down here.
You should look at spring nursery stock for a nice red maple, then cut the sucker and plant it in the ground. Trim and tend it for 2-3 years, then start whacking those roots back little by little and then you'll have a 500-1500$ tree for 200$ or so.
Hey guys, I was able to dig up a Japanese Maple seedling last year and keep it alive in a pot. I also have 4 new ones from this year. Any advice on how long to keep them before I start trimming back branches and roots? Should I keep them in a bigger pot now or go right to a small bonsai tray?
I know this will be a many year process and that a lot of people jump start it by getting trees a bit bigger to start with, but I love the fact that I dug up the seedlings from my yard. My neighbor has 2 Japanese Maples and the wind delivered these gifts to me
Hey guys, I'm not a Bonsai-er but I think it's pretty neat; I've found this thread very intriguing.
I get a design inspiration email newsletter and saw something I thought you guys would enjoy:
‘Bag End Bonsai Trayscape’: A Bonsai Baggins Hobbit Home is an amazing and creative creation by Artist Chris Guise, who is also a mechanical engineer and bonsai enthusiast from Maidenhead, England; and is interested in bonsai, Stirling engines, cathedrals, trees etc.
You can check out some more details and progress photos of him putting it together on his flickr photoset.