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Species Specific => Satsuki Azalea Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: BonsaiEngineer1493 on October 16, 2012, 05:47 PM

Title: Ebay Listing
Post by: BonsaiEngineer1493 on October 16, 2012, 05:47 PM
I'm not planning on buying anything anytime soon, but I just wanted your advice on what kind of Satsuki Azaleas should I look for in the future. This ebay listing caught my attention because it looked like they were good bonsai material, but I could be mistake. All of them had a nice trunk. I tried to contact the seller, but I did not get a reply. What do you guys think? (

Title: Re: Ebay Listing
Post by: Jay on October 16, 2012, 06:47 PM
Please go to a REAL Bonsai nursery and check out what they have. Yes, I know you live in NYC and there are non inside the city. But..... If you invest just one day or perhaps a weekend trip anD see what they have and what it costs you will be in a far better position to know what you should pay.

Remember in almost all cases you get what you pay for..... Or perhaps what you overpay for.

My two cents
Title: Re: Ebay Listing
Post by: BonsaiEngineer1493 on October 16, 2012, 07:03 PM
Where do you recommend going?

I do have something near me: (

What do you think about their collection?
Title: Re: Ebay Listing
Post by: dre on October 16, 2012, 08:02 PM
i've been there years ago when i just started in bonsai and at that time i wasn't impressed at all just a hippie with no type of bonsai education or training yeah some may call me harsh that bonsai is an art and you should let the heart and soul guide you but do you think the japanese do what they do with bonsai by letting there heart and soul guide them NO they have a way of doing thing and each technique is done for a reason i would go to pmf bonsai or natures way some one like that
Title: Re: Ebay Listing
Post by: Jay on October 17, 2012, 07:22 AM
There just aren't good Bonsai nurseries within NYC.  You have Natures Way in Harrisburg PA, Shanti Bithi in Stamford Conn, New England Bonsai in Billingham Mass, International Bonsai in Henrietta NY to name a few.

Non of the above is exactly local..... But, you will not be going there often. Wait till next spring, no need to buy a tree just to need to overwinter it. And I am guessing you will be tempted to work on it right away if yo get it now. Plan on going to one of these or other major nurseries in the spring possible at one of their open house type events.

In the mean time, read what you can and do find and join a members very often have trees they are looking to pass on to others...... Usually at very reasonable prices.......
These trees will ,excellent learning trees

Title: Re: Ebay Listing
Post by: Adair M on October 17, 2012, 08:08 AM

You are really lucky to have found this site early in your bonsai career.  Go thru the old posts and look at the trees and the progressions that they went thru over the seasons and years.  This will give you an idea of what can be done with material.

It is frustrating for beginners.  Not to worry, we ALL were beginners at some point.  I know you want to get started, NOW!  Here's the thing:  It's hard to find good bonsai stock.  Stock raised to be bonsai.  If you do find it, it will likely seem expensive and overpriced when compared to ordinary nursery stock.  You'll be tempted to not buy it, and buy something much less expensive, and tell yourself that it will grow.  Then, you get frustrated when it doesn't grow into a tree that looks like the trees in the magazines... But, as a beginner, you don't want to spend a large sum of money on something that you are afraid you might kill! 

So, how do you get started?  It seems a catch-22!

And, as others have said on this and other threads, you need to find a local club.

Title: Re: Ebay Listing
Post by: BonsaiEngineer1493 on October 17, 2012, 05:21 PM
I'm planning to join the "Bonsai Society of Greater New York." I hope to have a great beginning there.