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WALIDGAZALA Posts: 8,106
11/18/13 8:18 A

I like them
Costco is selling them for 20

DELRIO1 Posts: 6,489
11/18/13 8:07 A

My grandmother had true bonsai trees. They were awesome.

EXOTEC Posts: 3,327
11/17/13 10:49 A

I love bonsai. The real stuff, not those little landscaping junipers they sell as "bonsai." True bonsai are *trees*, miniaturized.

The difficulty in keeping them is that you have to provide a tree's environment. They're not house plants. That will kill them. They should really be kept outside - yes, even in inclement weather! If it gets excessively cold for the species of tree they are, you can wrap the pot, or provide some shelter... but they shouldn't really be brought inside for more than a day or two. Imagine: classic bonsai are sometimes potted in fairly large containers. Do you suppose those hundred-pounders are transported in and out for cold snaps?!? lol

I especially love the little forest-type plantings. I don't recall the name... I like the fruiting or floral types too, but it can be really tough to find ones which have tiny fruit or flowers. I saw an awesome pyracantha one time. A fellow at a local flea market, of all places, has one I'm totally enamored of - a Bald Cypress. Gorgeous. Only about 2 feet tall. I can't remember how old he said it was... it was an heirloom, in any case.

If you just want the *look* of a bonsai, you can buy all sorts of tree seeds - as others have mentioned - on Amazon. If you REALLY want to drive yourself crazy, look at the established bonsai for sale on eBay! omg I've never thought buying the seed would be the best option, because you really want to see the trunk structure of the seedling before you start all that hard work! I suppose, if you bought lots of seeds, you'd have a better variety to choose from. Those which wouldn't work out for bonsai could still be grown up a bit and sold as trees.

Interesting thread! Thanks for the ideas.

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11/15/13 2:34 P


YELLOWDAHLIA SparkPoints: (94,861)
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11/15/13 1:43 P

I have a bonsai tree (Pine) that is 43 years old. My mom started it from seed. It sits on my patio and it is my pride and joy!!

This summer I had a lot of maple seedlings coming up in my garden, so I dug one up and potted it in a little pot.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,460
11/15/13 12:45 P

I love them, they bring back memories of my childhood. Don't know if I have the wherewithal to grow one from a seed. The most time I have waited for something to grow was six months (tulips)

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11/15/13 9:04 A

just bought 100 propergaters for window sills 100 chinese juniper seeds will plant tomorrow or as soon as i get the compost from amazon pop in a seed water cover and wait til spring!!

bobs yer uncle! emoticon

mind you thats just for little seedlings after that wait 10 yrs with the odd trim up or two for shape and size and then Bob really is your uncle!!!

but then i will be slim like lythe and good looking:D !!!!!

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11/15/13 9:00 A

all in good time blue nose all in good time

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (108,021)
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11/15/13 8:44 A

What it only takes 10 years to grow a tiny tree. Holy cow Dave I will be 60 when it is time to prune it!

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11/15/13 3:21 A

i ve cut a sprig of a rose bush i for lil roses too!

EOWYN2424 Posts: 9,108
11/15/13 2:35 A

Friend of mine had a bonsai mango tree. It even produces mini mangoes! So cute!

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11/15/13 1:10 A

I used to have a bonsai juniper, a full cascade with a curled base. It was beautiful...till the dog ate it.
They are a lot of work. Since the container is so small you have to be very careful about watering and feeding.

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11/14/13 10:23 P

thats wot im talking about!

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11/14/13 10:22 P

ive just planted 60 and ill leave them alone for about 2 -3 months ...pretty easy wudnt you say?

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,460
11/14/13 7:59 P

I think they are hard to care for, its an art

LOLEMA SparkPoints: (105,894)
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11/14/13 5:51 P

bought them a couple times at the holidays and I can't keep em alive, I do have a green thumb but not with these

SHKIRK Posts: 1,168
11/14/13 5:29 P

Are they hard to care for ?

SHKIRK Posts: 1,168
11/14/13 5:28 P

I have always loved them but have never owned one...always wanted one also.

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11/14/13 5:12 P


JANIEWWJD SparkPoints: (566,079)
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11/14/13 4:54 P

I've never grown them, but I think they're beautiful!!!!!

11/14/13 4:48 P

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,460
11/14/13 4:30 P

I have never tried to grow a bonsai tree from seeds. I am amazed by the art of the bonsai though

CAMEOSUN SparkPoints: (86,617)
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11/14/13 4:28 P

emoticon this post. Now I have some great Christmas gift ideas.

...not from seed though. Will get the bonsai grown.

Edited by: CAMEOSUN at: 11/14/2013 (16:30)
JOYCECAIN SparkPoints: (137,463)
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11/14/13 4:27 P

I have seen the trees, they are gorgeous. I never thought about growing one. If it takes 10 years, at almost 65, I don't think I will be here to take care of one.

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11/14/13 3:28 P

buy bonsai seeds from amazon and watch em grow only takes about 10 years :D

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11/14/13 3:27 P

bonsai seeds amazon so cheap!!!!!!

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (108,021)
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11/14/13 3:25 P

Wow I have always wanted to grow a bonsai tree.....

Dave, where would I get the seeds? Where do you get yours?

SHERYLDS Posts: 17,371
11/14/13 1:03 P

bonsai seeds emoticon emoticon Really ?
I always thought they were created from normal small leaved specimens but put in bonsai pots to stunt their growth patterns and miniaturize them.

learn something new every day.

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11/14/13 11:22 A

anyone grow em from seeds?

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