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Hubris

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Where do you buy?
« on: October 29, 2013, 04:09 PM »
Where do you buy your Bonsai from?
 

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Re: Where do you buy?
« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2013, 08:28 PM »
Greetings, if you can, take a few minutes and a fill out the PROFILE section. It will help in answering your questions.
Telling you where my local Bonsai Nuseries are may not be of too much use to you if you live in Oklahoma or California .
Just a thought
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Hubris

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Re: Where do you buy?
« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2013, 08:50 PM »
Done ... i'm interested in online approaches as well.
 

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Re: Where do you buy?
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2013, 09:21 PM »
Local club shows, regional shows, and conventions usually have some vendors with decent material. 

Visiting artists can sometimes be contacted before their visit to ask that they bring material for sale.

Look for purpose grown bonsai material from knowledgeable, reputable growers. 

Japanese maples, good ones, are difficult to find in my area.

 

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Re: Where do you buy?
« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2013, 11:13 PM »
http://bonsaiunearthed.com/product/acer-palmatum-hillstock-clump/

Just started an online store and my first item happened to be an Acer palmatum.  There are a few bonsai professionals who sell good Japanese maples.  One source is Bill Valavanis http://www.internationalbonsai.com.  You may need to contact him directly.  Sometimes Japanese maple bonsai of respectable quality surface from private collections.  I tend to buy them  ;D as it's one of my favorite species to work with. 

Try not to purchase grafted plants with a high graft union unless you are comfortable air-layering and the cultivated variety is strong enough on its own roots.
 

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Re: Where do you buy?
« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2013, 11:19 PM »
Owen, please post winter images when the leaves drop.  :)
 

Hubris

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Re: Where do you buy?
« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2013, 11:45 PM »
This is good stuff guys keep it coming and some younger stuff is more what i'm looking for I did like your $1,400 tree though lol
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Re: Where do you buy?
« Reply #7 on: October 30, 2013, 11:15 AM »
Will do. 
 

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Re: Where do you buy?
« Reply #8 on: October 30, 2013, 02:43 PM »
Hubris, $1400 is a pretty good price. 40 years is a lot of development time to buy. Plus it is in a rare mica pot.  :-*
 

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Re: Where do you buy?
« Reply #9 on: October 30, 2013, 05:11 PM »
Im looking for a project more than a beautiful masterpiece ;) plus christmas around the corner funds are light :'(
 

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Re: Where do you buy?
« Reply #10 on: October 30, 2013, 07:01 PM »
For almost any species, long-term projects are fine.  Apricots and Japanese maples are two species I feel are an exception.  Unless you grow from small plants, the issues are very hard to fix.  I'd add Hinoki to that list as well.  Sometimes no matter how much work you do, a piece of material may not match up with your quality standards by the time it's "finished".  I write this having seen hundreds of old ones in each species.  Yes, apricots can be carved and branches grafted on the others.  But, other issues can be real problems.
 

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Re: Where do you buy?
« Reply #11 on: October 30, 2013, 07:35 PM »
Im still new to the art so thanks for the advice and I wont be setting my goals too high on my first or second project. I find the jap maple to bey favorite tree to admire at the moment.
 

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Re: Where do you buy?
« Reply #12 on: October 30, 2013, 07:44 PM »
Also how much difference is it to grow a trident over a jap?
 

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Re: Where do you buy?
« Reply #13 on: October 30, 2013, 09:59 PM »
A lot.  Trident maples grow a lot faster.  Since you're starting out, don't buy something super nice until you know how to care for it and such.  I'm writing an article on material selection for ABS journal now.  It will ship in winter of 2014.  I may copy and paste it on here later....  ::).  Good to see you're using internet resources.  Be sure and join a local club and take some workshops with someone respectable too.
 

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Re: Where do you buy?
« Reply #14 on: October 30, 2013, 10:02 PM »
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