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Yenling83

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How many is too many? Collection size
« on: January 24, 2013, 01:19 PM »

I'm wondering how many trees you think is too many for one person to maintain properly-give each tree the attention it deserves?  Let's say this person works full time and has a family and a life outside of Bonsai:)  Let's say these are all trees in ceramic containers and does not count anything in the ground.  I guess the trees could be in various stages of development.  Also, how many is too many for you?

 
 

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Re: How many is too many? Collection size
« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2013, 01:26 PM »
A year ago I would have said 30 was a good number. In my current state of fatherhood I'm going to have to go with 2, and that may be pushing it. ;)
 

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Re: How many is too many? Collection size
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2013, 01:29 PM »
I think "time" is the largest factor. In other words, it all depends if you have enough "time" to devote to the #.
 

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Re: How many is too many? Collection size
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2013, 01:37 PM »
Good question.  I have thought about this over the last couple of years since I work full time and have a family.  In my opinion 16 to 20 trees is about the maximum for me. 
 

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Re: How many is too many? Collection size
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2013, 02:36 PM »
I've had as many as 75, and now have 45, working my way backwards to 25-30.  I gave away the majority of the excess 30 trees, lost a few to whatever...
 I think 75 is too many, 45 is pretty good number.  But I think if  25-30 are all potential great bonsai, that will be more than enough.  I currently have around 10 that are what I would consider near that category, and with some hard work another 5 or so that can get in there.  The rest... ? 

I think if you have a collection of mediocre trees, it's easier to have lots of them.  But if you want to concentrate your time and work on good ones, then too many will take it's toll on the trees. 
 

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Re: How many is too many? Collection size
« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2013, 02:47 PM »
I think, too, that its important to consider species.  Having all the same species means that sometimes highly time-sensitive work will have to be done on many trees at the same time.
 

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Re: How many is too many? Collection size
« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2013, 03:09 PM »
Whatever I can reasonably fit on to 2 benches!
 

Don Blackmond

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Re: How many is too many? Collection size
« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2013, 03:53 PM »
I think if you have a collection of mediocre trees, it's easier to have lots of them.  But if you want to concentrate your time and work on good ones, then too many will take it's toll on the trees. 

I think this sums it up pretty well.

20 specimen trees is pretty ideal.  Again, it depends on the species and size of the trees.
 

Jerry Norbury

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Re: How many is too many? Collection size
« Reply #8 on: January 25, 2013, 02:47 AM »
You can never have too many...keeps life interesting in spring.

 

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Re: How many is too many? Collection size
« Reply #9 on: January 25, 2013, 09:58 AM »
i would say 10-20 is the limit but depends on how much time you really have to commit to your trees and how highly refined they are the more refined the more time you need to commit to your trees
 

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Re: How many is too many? Collection size
« Reply #10 on: January 25, 2013, 10:55 AM »
I'm still working on this lol  Figure I'd like to have enough trees to have something to work on without having to overwork them LOL

And Damn Jerry!  That IS impressive!
 

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Re: How many is too many? Collection size
« Reply #11 on: January 25, 2013, 12:58 PM »
Interesting, I have around 90 trees, but of course not all are finished therefore maintaining them is not so much an issue. Whilst I was working I did not have so many, but it was more difficult to look after them, a friend of mine had 400 trees and he worked full time and managed to look after them. it is all a matter of time available.

Geoff
 

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Re: How many is too many? Collection size
« Reply #12 on: January 25, 2013, 01:41 PM »
I'm aiming for about five real good bonsai.
My garden is small and this time oh the year for three month there's no sun in my garden.
Since last fall I have a little patch of land (200 m2) or so.
Next spring al my priject trees will be planted there. I'm going to grow hawthorn. maple, larch,
Pine, juniper and birch. (and whatever I may stumble across.) In about 12 years time I retire from work
and will have plenty of time on hand to care for a lot more trees then i have now
 

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Re: How many is too many? Collection size
« Reply #13 on: January 25, 2013, 04:37 PM »
I guess I'm not as far into my studies as I would like, I keep changing my idea on what is 'the number' that works. At this point I try not to have any tropicals .... That way my winters are free. I 'THINK' a dozen is about right, with a number of development projects around. But, the number of those projects keeps growing and I need to cut back. Plus I don't think I'm at my dozen good trees yet.

Jay
 

Don Blackmond

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Re: How many is too many? Collection size
« Reply #14 on: January 25, 2013, 06:18 PM »
At this point I try not to have any tropicals ....
Jay

That comment made me laugh.  Is it like hitting a moving target?   ;D