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Old 08-29-2004, 01:57 AM   #1
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Anyone enjoy bonsai?


Ive always wanted to keep a small bonsai garden, anyone into this fruitfull and satisfying hobby?
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Old 08-30-2004, 12:03 AM   #2
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I'm into bonsais, but have yet to do an entire garden. I'm thinking about taking on this task when I'm doing the backyard when they're done building my house.

I've done some work with boxwoods and pomegranates. I'm thinking about some maples and palms right now. I was quite inspired by some others that I saw in a garden in China a couple of years ago.
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Old 08-30-2004, 12:37 AM   #3
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I'm not into it, but I'd like to be!
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Old 08-30-2004, 02:00 AM   #4
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Considering my "name", I suppose I should speak up. I've got a few laying around the house here and there and I've killed plenty with my experimental trimmings also.
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Old 08-30-2004, 07:30 AM   #5
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I have one bonsai... trying to learn more about it.

If you thought that aquariums require patience...

When I was reading up about bonsai, I remember a bonsai "master" at an amateur bonsai workshop saying to a bonsai hobbyist:

"That's a really nice effort you've made there. That should be a beautiful bonsai in 20 years..."!
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Old 08-30-2004, 04:43 PM   #6
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Bonsai sure do take patience! And you have to accept many failures in order to come up with just one success. I suppose it is very similar to keeping Aquariums. Even if you do everything "right" and do a great deal of reasearch, you're still going to have some failures and deaths.
I've got a Juniper I bought from a Home Depot nursery that is coming along pretty well. It's still in its original pot. I may repot it in a Bonsai pot soon to give it time to recover before winter and then a new pruning next spring.
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Old 08-30-2004, 07:14 PM   #7
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What? Only 20 years? I was quoted 25 years, lol.
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Old 08-30-2004, 08:24 PM   #8
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Maybee I should get a bonsai and one of those parrots that live to be a 100 and will it to my sons. That will teach them.
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Old 08-31-2004, 12:07 AM   #9
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Im interested in bonsai, what would be some good starter trees? i have quite the green thumb for gardening - i would really like to keep one indoors!
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me too! They seem very cool
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I was browsing ebay for some, im not sure if it would be an ok source for someone wanting to start a new hobby?
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Here's some bonsai links:

http://www.bonsaiempire.com/html/bonsai_empire_eng.html
http://www.bonsai-bci.com/
http://www.bonsaibasics.com/
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I am into bonsai, but I'm sad to say that I've never actually had one I've been more of a "standing on the side-lines" guy. Just wanted to say that I do enjoy them though, just don't have any experience.

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been into bonsai for over 8 years now... got a tidy collection. i was a member of a club for a few years but being 22-23 and mixing with 70+ years olds didnt work! All my trees are outdoor types and vary in size. I'd consider myself farily knowledgable on the topic so any questions etc please PM me.

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If you're looking to get into it for cheap - go browse your local garden center. You can pick up excellent candidates such as boxwood and holly that are already a few years old. Look at the trunk and exposed roots for the kind of shape you want. Don't worry about the leaves or branches, those are easy to train - the trunk is the one that takes much more time. I was buying a Yaupon Holly shrub and at the cashier, the lady even mentioned "Wow, this one almost looks like a little bonsai!".
I bought a book on Bonsai that was excellent - I highly recommend it. The author's last name is "Tomlinson" but I don't remember the name. The pictures in it are breathtaking, kind of like an Amano book for inspiration. Some excellent beginners and even somewhat more advanced concepts are covered, as well.
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