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Old 04-25-2012, 03:04 AM   #31
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I love the formal and informal pines.
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Old 04-25-2012, 03:13 AM   #32
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Nebari on the last piece Tom posted is absolutely crazy.
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Old 04-25-2012, 03:17 AM   #33
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Pines are sexy trees, how plausible is it to try bonsai-ing a 1-2ft or so pine here? Idk what species they are...
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Old 04-25-2012, 03:28 AM   #34
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your best bet is to let it thicken up then do a trunk chop. http://bonsai4me.com/AdvTech/ATdevel...sforbonsai.htm
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I'm doing that with a blue spruce. Not the best material but best I could find in the area and it will give me something to practice on until I get some better beginner stuff to work on. Hoping to get out to the bonsai nursery soon however money is kinda tight at the moment.
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Old 04-25-2012, 04:12 AM   #36
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Nebari on the last piece Tom posted is absolutely crazy.
I've got some that are real nice there. That's a quality I seek and shows age and power.

Juniper......
Cork Bark Elm...
Dawn Redwood group.........
European Olive.........

The Juniper is "done".
The Cork bark needs a trim and the new pot to fill in with moss/ground cover.

Lately I've been using Gloss and other aquatic species as ground cover experiments.
The Gloss you saw in my 120 Gal was living in a Ficus bonsai for 2 years, then I added it to my tank.

Dawn redwood needs to simply stay the same size and fatten up the trunk and branches. I may repot to a larger container some day.
The Olive might be a candidate for over a serpentine rock, I do not like the pot and the ground cover did not take well as I'd hoped.
So this will be changed this fall.

I have a larger Cork Bark oak I got 2 years ago as a pre bonsai and then a smaller one with nicer form which needs time mostly.
The Ficus are recovering from cold and winter, but have started to leaf out good.

The Manzanita is a pre bonsi still, it'll be 2-3 years before I call it a bonsai. They take more work and are wild collected. I will get some more pines this summer in the mountains and another species of Manzy also that come from sea level elevations.
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I'm doing that with a blue spruce. Not the best material but best I could find in the area and it will give me something to practice on until I get some better beginner stuff to work on. Hoping to get out to the bonsai nursery soon however money is kinda tight at the moment.
pics?!?!? alot of times really good stock can be found at a garden center!
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This is old pic of the manzy, the base is about head sized, the branches have been slowly trimmed back and while the roots adapt to this pot.

It will be transferred to a small pot this fall.




Last Fall before trimming:



Chicken wire to spot the squirrels from burying nuts in the pots. They get trapped and relocated if they do it, but another one moves right in to the territory asap.
I caught 40 or so at my last place.

New one would show in a 1-2 days.
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nice collection! some could use a haircut though :P
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pics?!?!? alot of times really good stock can be found at a garden center!
Yeah, here it is...all I've done is repotted...left the roots, just moved to a larger container. Might prune a little in the fall, otherwise I'll leave it until next year at least....



And here's a Birds Nest Spruce I got a while back that I pruned, just opened it up some. Another one that isn't great for bonsai, but the little guy spoke to me so I bought him...it was fun pruning and gave me some practice.

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Both look great! I would let the big one grow unrestricted and then trunk chop it next spring. Nice find!

That smaller one is nice!! It has real potential!!
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Ok here's a couple of mine:
first one is a japanese maple (species)
second one is a korean hornbeam
third one is a trident maple "aragi" right after its' first wiring
fourth one is a shimpaku juniper
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love the hornbeam!! and that shimpaku looks like it will be great!!
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Old 04-25-2012, 08:42 PM   #44
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WOW. That maple is absolutely GORGEOUS. Do you have any "progression" pictures as it went along? How long did that take?
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Old 04-25-2012, 09:25 PM   #45
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Both look great! I would let the big one grow unrestricted and then trunk chop it next spring. Nice find!

That smaller one is nice!! It has real potential!!
Unrestricted as in leave it how it is, or replant in the ground?
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