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General Bonsai Discussion / Re: Collecting in the wild
« Last post by Motolijah on November 03, 2020, 05:16 PM »
I don't know your experience level but that can be a lot of work if you're a novice to bonsai. Read up on the basics of yamadori here: https://www.bonsaiempire.com/basics/cultivation/collecting-trees
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Some Cedars and Junipers are good for bonsai and are quite hardy in Ca. My daughter has kept a small juniper bonsai alive for 3 years now and she's 9. They can make beautiful bonsai and are typically considered a novice species. Good luck!
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General Bonsai Discussion / Re: Overwintering Question from a Newbie
« Last post by Motolijah on November 03, 2020, 05:09 PM »
I would put any and all plants that can be damaged by cold into a greenhouse/coldframe just before the first frost and take them out after the last frost. Also don't stop watering them, even in the fall and winter when trees look dead they are just dormant and still need water, sometimes more water than in the summer.
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General Bonsai Discussion / Overwintering Question from a Newbie
« Last post by mcamp886 on October 30, 2020, 08:37 AM »
I am seeking some advice/guidance around overwintering Bonsai. This is my first winter trying to keep outdoor trees in the Boston area. Ive done a lot of research on this and have gotten a lot of different messages on it.

First, Ill mention that all of my outdoor trees are hardy for my zone (6b), but I also know that that is more for plants that are in the ground, not so much in pots. Second, I don’t have a garage, but I do have a makeshift cold frame made out of cinderblocks and wooden planks.

What do people who live in the area do in the winter? Do folks tend to leave plants out and just bunched together on the ground? If not, at what point should plants go into a cold frame? Im sure it varies each year, but any general guidelines would be great!

Any advice for a nervous newbie would be welcome haha
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O.K. so I dug my flame tree seeds up again and this time I scratched the seed. Or at least tried too because the outer shell is very hard. I ended up having to nick the corners. Anyway, much to my surprise one came up. Now it is about 15 inches tall.
The other thing is I put one of my Spruces outside. Not in direct sunlight but in the shade. I made sure it had water and I waited. It's wasn't too hot yet. Well, after only a few days it began to die and there wasn't anything I could do to save it. Even after I brought it back in and tried to nurse it back to health. I guess it's not always about being outside. I think the problem was that it was too small of a seedling and needed to stay away from extreme weather until it was larger. Oh, well, lesson learned.
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Hi everyone! O.K. so after doing some research I wanted to get a Japanese Garden Pine bonsai. I may be saying that wrong or left a word out. I am not even sure if it's considered a pine. I just know it's a Japanese Garden something. I can't find where I wrote all my info down. Sorry, all I know is that according to the internet it is suppose to be like the easiest bonsai you can get. My problem is that I live in California. And when I went to buy a small seedling it says that these trees cannot be sent to California! Some regulation thing. So, does anyone know what I can get that looks like this tree and is easy as this tree is to make a bonsai out of? So far I am not having good luck with my bonsai's. 😞 Thx
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Hello everyone!
I am rather new to Bonsai having a flame tree and two spruce pines. They came in a kit I got for Christmas. I have another post describing my issues I am having but this post is only about one thing and I think most of you who are experienced might be able to answer it. I am trying to find the right spot in my house for my flame tree. It has about a 12-inch trunk that I am pretty happy with until it stopped growing anyways and it grows branches quite often. However, it doesn't seem to want to keep more than only two branches at a time. It will grow a third but then the leaves turn yellow and fall off, followed by the branch turning yellow and then falling off. What the heck! It is 1 1/2 years old now. And the trunk hasn't grown any either for over 8 months. I have only given it fertilizer a few times and I know this isn't good but I don't know what kind to give it or how much. I don't want to kill it. Right now it's in a very sunny window. Not so much direct light but very sunny and bright. I moved it to a less bright window and it still lost its leaves and branches. I then tried yet another window but still the same thing. Maybe even worse so I just put it back to where I originally had it. Does anyone have any thoughts about what I could do to help it keep its branches? And what to give it for fertilizer, how much and when? I live in the Mojave desert and it is summertime right now. It is very hot outside so it can't go outside for sure. It gets to 106 outside. As it gets colder I might put it outside until the winter comes and the freezing temperatures hit. Another should I question. Thx Oh, I added a pic of it underneath the very sunny window I had it in. I am keeping it where it is right now in the photo though to see if it helps. So far it hasn't.
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Evergreen Bonsai Discussion / Re: Chinese Holly (Ilex crenata)… oh boy...
« Last post by rickj55 on July 13, 2020, 09:13 AM »
It is now July 2020, how did the Ilex turn out? I have several Ilex Schilling here in florida and we have to be careful not to remove too much root at a time. Reduction is a gradual process.
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General Bonsai Discussion / Air Layring problem
« Last post by Radu on June 09, 2020, 05:37 AM »
Hello,
I have a problem with an air layring. I have done it on a flaky japanesse mapple with the intention to make a bonsai. This is the tree before the air layring
https://www.dropbox.com/s/56j40ptdu9ju9st/20191030_091602.jpg?dl=0
I did the air layring on the long leg, approx 30 cm under the crown.

I did it in April (I live in Glasgow UK). And I placed the tree in a place with partial sun and take constant care of it. At the beginning, the leaves at the top of braches dried off, but the rest was ok for a long time. A week ago (about 6 weeks since the air layring) I have checked for new roots, but did not see any. There were some white bumps in the area above the cut, so I closed back the moss bag and decided to wait longer.

But in the last three days all the leaves became currly and dried off. It was a surprise, since two days ago everything was fine. This is how the tree looks now:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/cbhs71vte59ro9b/102799875_662840707599296_1322873498321024831_n.jpg?dl=0

https://www.dropbox.com/s/9apqmw35f4l1f6t/103964770_562144454687953_6941849917074515676_n.jpg?dl=0

Could anybody give me an advice? I want to save at least the rest of the tree.
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General Bonsai Discussion / Collecting in the wild
« Last post by skrandle on December 20, 2019, 12:48 AM »
Although it’s in the wild, in this case, it’s my back yard.
I’d like to know how to cut down the root ball to fit a bonsai pot.
In more detail the knowledge of the percentage of what to cut and time frame, the time between cutting more to complete it.
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