Author Topic: Newbie efforts with Yaupon Hollys  (Read 1720 times)


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Newbie efforts with Yaupon Hollys
« on: July 01, 2010, 03:20 AM »
I'm in N.Texas where the holly does very well as a large shrub and makes up part of much landscaping here.

As a beginner myself, not having a lot of bonsai growing experience nor thousands to spend on finished high quality bonsai, I've entertained the idea of working with affordable nursery stock other than a couple of $100 range trees I've acquired. I was excited about the challenge of taking a seemingly ugly bush in a plastic pot and trying to uncover a trainable future bonsai.

I'm posting initial and soon to be progressive pics of a couple of hollys I'm working on now. Not masterpieces but hey, for $10 and a learning curb on my part I'm working on developing them the best I can and then some.

Any comments regarding this species or experience with such would make a great read for those of us interested. I've placed the photos on my own hosting service as they are several and will continue to grow as I update with progress photos.

You can check some of them out here:

Thanks again for any input and happy bonsaing!  Is that a word?  I dunno but it'll have to suffice for now.

Randy S.


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Re: Newbie efforts with Yaupon Hollys
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2010, 08:30 AM »
Most users are more likely to view pictures that are attached here, than they are to go to a website they may not be familiar to look at the pictures.

Myself included.


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Re: Newbie efforts with Yaupon Hollys
« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2010, 03:33 AM »
nice work for a beginner mate, you have done well :)

i would suggest wiring out the trees completly. there is one there that you said you will wire later if it were mine i would wire it out now while it is easy to get to as waiting for it to back back and grow you might not end up happy with the placement of the initial branch. defoliation and sub wiring (the new growth) and be done later once the main branching has been set.

the first tree in that link reminds me of african trees, especially what the artist pierneef was fairly known for doing in landscapes.

nice work!

jamie :)