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Intriguedbybonsai

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So I've been eying this spruce...
« on: May 25, 2012, 09:41 PM »
Here's a spruce I've been looking at on eBay for a while. I'm really unsure if it would be a good buy. I've been wanting to try another conifer that isn't a pine. This tree has somewhat of a thick trunk, and the nebari base flares out nicely. I just don't like that ugly bend that it has on the trunk. It also appears like it has reverse taper. Could that be fixed?


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Re: So I've been eying this spruce...
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2012, 11:22 PM »
Intrigued (maybe we should just call you Machiavelli  ;),) your picture didn't show up.

But another thing to verify is the spruce's species. By and large, the genus Picea is found in cold-winter climates. You'd want to make very sure it will handle your climate OK.
 

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Re: So I've been eying this spruce...
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2012, 01:07 AM »
I had trouble trying to link the website. Here it is. http://www.ebay.com/itm/150815123257?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

About the climate thing... I was thinking about that, but the person selling it lives in California as well. I'm just not sure which part of CA.
 

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Re: So I've been eying this spruce...
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2012, 09:46 AM »
I can't say it is worth the price or effort. That big knob at the graft is a real problem.
Paul
 

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Re: So I've been eying this spruce...
« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2012, 07:01 PM »
I'd pass on that one.
 

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save you some aggravation
« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2012, 10:17 PM »
I've been wanting to try another conifer that isn't a pine. 


Scratch off spruce, chamaecyparis, cryptomeria,tsuga, white pine,

look for cedrus, taxodium, podocarpus, taxus,
 

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Re: So I've been eying this spruce...
« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2012, 02:11 AM »
I'm no fan of Dwarf Alberta Spruce (the tree in your photo).

Try a one of the many species of juniper native to your climate and are available to you =) Western Hemlock is another wonderful species I've always wanted to work with.
 

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Re: So I've been eying this spruce...
« Reply #7 on: May 27, 2012, 03:38 AM »
Picea glauca 'Conica' have two major faults.  One is they are candy for mites and once you lose interior shoots, it's pretty much over.  Second, wiring them is a labor of love.  They bounce back like rubber after wire is removed.  I've seen a few good ones.  They look ideal for bonsai but are not.  That one would be a "no" if for no other reason than the bad graft union.  If you like that look, a Cedrus deified, libani, etc may work well in Cali.
 

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Re: So I've been eying this spruce...
« Reply #8 on: May 27, 2012, 06:49 AM »
"spruce, chamaecyparis, cryptomeria,tsuga, white pine"

The only one in that list not worth working with is white pine to the extent you mean eastern white pine.  All the others are sought after and in many instances good specimens are highly prized.
 

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Re: So I've been eying this spruce...
« Reply #9 on: May 27, 2012, 11:33 AM »
Thanks everyone for your thoughtful feedback. I've decided to stay away from the spruce.  :D I've been trying to research conifers other than pines which grow well in SoCal.
 

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Re: So I've been eying this spruce...
« Reply #10 on: May 27, 2012, 12:16 PM »
"spruce, chamaecyparis, cryptomeria,tsuga, white pine"

The only one in that list not worth working with is white pine to the extent you mean eastern white pine.  All the others are sought after and in many instances good specimens are highly prized.
Sorry Michael. I should have qualified that as not good for Intriqued's area, and they absolutely arent !

You are lucky that you can grow those, good luck

big Dave