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JoshuaR

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looking for focus
« on: April 27, 2013, 06:57 PM »
Hello everyone, 
 First I would like to apologize, I made a poll instead of a topic first. Ok so I live in Brooklyn and have been searching for a ficus for about a month now with no luck. Does anyone have any experience with ordering them online,  if so are there any reputable sites. 
Thank you
 

al345900

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Re: looking for focus
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2013, 09:45 PM »
I got a ficus and a maple from bonsaiwest.com

You can see pictures and prices of the trees.

Regards

Jorge
 

JDNeessen

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Re: looking for focus
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2013, 10:05 PM »
I used to live in Massachusetts where Bonsai West is located (Littleton, MA just outside of Boston).  They have a great nursery and offer lots of good courses.  You will definitely find some nice material there. 
 

JoshuaR

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Re: looking for focus
« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2013, 10:30 PM »
Thank you for the help.
 

JoshuaR

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Re: looking for focus
« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2013, 10:47 PM »
So I just checked out bonsaiWest. Let's just say they were way of of my price range.
 

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« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2013, 08:05 AM »
 

al345900

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Re: looking for focus
« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2013, 10:15 AM »
Other good source is http://www.wigertsbonsai.com/store/

Regards

Jorge
 

dre

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Re: looking for focus
« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2013, 06:56 PM »
you also have

pmf bonsai
sanctuary bonsai
which are both great sources
 

LarryT

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Re: looking for focus
« Reply #8 on: April 28, 2013, 10:59 PM »
Wallmart stores are carrying those "S" shaped ficus, "tiger bark"?  Some stores receive quite a few more than others.  Be picky about taper and don't be afraid to cut the tree down to a size you feel is appropriate.  Under $15.  Winter great in a basement window.  Takes maybe three years in Iowa to develop some nicer roots. Use some sort of bonsai soil, not the protective soil/moss they are shipped in. Over-a-rock works too for a larger base to develop in Iowa's limited outdoor growing season.  Wire the branches outward for that spreading ficus look.
 

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« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2013, 01:04 PM »
meehansminiatures.com located in Maryland.

One of Meehan's specialities are tropicals. They are great people and prices are very reasonable and they have many ficus varieties.

I highly recommend this nursery.

Best,

Augustine
central MD 7a

 

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Re: looking for focus
« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2013, 01:05 PM »
I can recommend Wigerts as well. They have great prebonsai and prices. I'd go for a tiger bark or a green island myself.  The larger the leaf, the easier it will be to winter indoors.
 

JDNeessen

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Re: looking for focus
« Reply #11 on: May 14, 2013, 10:04 PM »
In response to the price range at Bonsai West, a lot of their material they post online is a bit more expensive.  They do have lots of affordable material.  If you're within driving distance, I think it's worth a trip.  They offer great courses too.  Michael, the owner, has a lot of knowledge and is always happy to help.  I definitely don't spend a lot on my trees and I've gotten all of mine through Bonsai West.  I think the most was $125, but most of them were between $20-50.  I myself have only been doing bonsai for 7 years, so I've been working with less expensive material to get practice. 
 

JoshuaR

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Re: looking for focus
« Reply #12 on: May 15, 2013, 10:11 AM »
Thank you all for your help. I have acquired 2 ficus retusa. Now I am going to get 2 pre-bonsai. I am thinking of a dwarf jade, and either a premna or ficus salicifolia.