Author Topic: New to bonsai.....please help  (Read 1935 times)

scottprice

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New to bonsai.....please help
« on: March 28, 2011, 11:12 PM »
hey everyone...im a college sophomore and trying to get my first bonsai trees going. We own a nursery and a landscaping business so i have always had an interest in plants, bonsai recently caught my eye...

This winter i ordered 5 species of tree seeds off of ebay....Banyan, Japanese Black Pine, Japanese Trident Maple, Zelkova and Jezo Spruce....at first i was skeptical of buying off of ebay but the seeds are coming along very well....the Banyan are sprouting like crazy! i have all of the seeds in seed trays at the moment. all seeds are individually planted except for the Banyan, i got 100+ seeds so there is a pinch of seeds in each seed cell.

if you could offer any info on growing these trees i would really appreciate it...
 

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Re: New to bonsai.....please help
« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2011, 07:19 AM »
Welcome Scott to the addiction known as Bonsai....... There are many ways to start with Bonsai. Some take longer than others. To start from seed is by far the longest process.

 I'm glad that your seeds are doing well. If your home (not school) is in an area of the country that is lets say zone 5 or higher, yo can and should plant the seeds out in the ground (all but the Banyan) and let them grow for a few years. There is more to it than this but it is the beginning. In addition, I hope your home allows the trees to get a good dormancy period, meaning your are not in zones of the south where there is rarely any  cold.

In the mean time, search out a Bonsai Club and go to a few meetings, learn from those who have been there. And perhaps they will suggest a place to acquire a tree or two that is ready for training. One of the members may even have one they loved to pass on.

just one persons thoughts... and by the way go to the 'Profile" section above and fill in a few things, where you are would be nice and where your family home is also.


my two cents
Jay
 

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Re: New to bonsai.....please help
« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2011, 11:49 AM »
Jay i appreciate the help! i updates my profile too
 

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Re: New to bonsai.....please help
« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2011, 12:36 PM »
OK Scott, if you live near Nazareth PA I know their zone, 6a. If you  go to this site .... http://www.garden.org/zipzone/
and you enter your zip code you'll get your grow zone. You may hear that grow zones are not a be all end all... and that is correct. They are a good starting point.

If you are zone 6a, I think all but the Banyan can live in an outdoor environment, they will grow and thicken up as quickly as possible (with some care and fertilizer). Plus if you are near Harrisburg, you can visit Jim Doyle http://www.natureswaybonsai.com/

Jim is extremely nice and if you have difficulty finding a club near you, sorry I do not know the Pa clubs, he can probably set you in the right direction.  I'm sure he may have a tree or two...or more that you may want to look at. When you go home on break if hes close enough, check him out.

Don't get me wrong, ask all the questions you like here and contribute as you can. This Forum is a warm inviting place with many knowledgeable individuals who will answer your questions to the best of their ability as time permits.

Again welcome
J
 

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Re: New to bonsai.....please help
« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2011, 02:06 PM »
Welcome Scott,

Ditto what Jay said. Also if you're in Nazareth, PA, you are close to Chase Rosade's Bonsai Studio in New Hope. It's worth a visit.
http://www.rosadebonsai.com/

It's also very much worth the time to get in touch with the Pennsylvania Bonsai Society (they meet in Plymouth Township). They are the best source for anything bonsai in your area--which soil works, where to get gthe best stock, etc.

http://pabonsai.org/meetings.html

Additionally, you might want to plan a trip to Washington D.C. in May 6, 7 and 8 for the Potomac Bonsai Festival where you can see dozens of vendors from all over gathered in one place --not to mention the world-class collection of Japanese, Chinese and North American Bonsai;
http://www.usna.usda.gov/Education/events.html
http://www.usna.usda.gov/Gardens/collections/VirtualTours/BonsaiVirtualTour.html

Spring is the most active time of the year for bonsai folks, so get out and look around.

P.S.--ditch the seeds. You will not be "doing" bonsai with anything that sprouts for a decade or more...Get an actual bonsai to work with--a juniper or an elm--they're the toughest learning trees...