Bonsai Tree Basics

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Anyone delve? Suddenly I’m interested! Questions to follow...while I’m reading online.

1. These plants use regular seeds from trees 30’ or higher. What makes them grow slow? I assume pruning and keeping them in small pots has a lot to do with it.
 

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Anyone delve? Suddenly I’m interested! Questions to follow...while I’m reading online.

1. These plants use regular seeds from trees 30’ or higher. What makes them grow slow? I assume pruning and keeping them in small pots has a lot to do with it.
They’ve always fascinated me, but I prefer just to look at them. I’m afraid I’d destroy it.

That said, it’s as much the shallow container as the constant pruning.
 

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Anyone delve? Suddenly I’m interested! Questions to follow...while I’m reading online.

1. These plants use regular seeds from trees 30’ or higher. What makes them grow slow? I assume pruning and keeping them in small pots has a lot to do with it.

They’ve always fascinated me, but I prefer just to look at them. I’m afraid I’d destroy it.

That said, it’s as much the shallow container as the constant pruning.
Bonsai trees fascinate me.

And I do dislike (detest) winter, and some of the old Yuletide stuff, as did my mother.

Anyway, I do recall, shortly after my father had died, how my mother and I - snorting and chortling with shared laughter - debated & discussed whether we could (or should) have a bonsai Christmas tree, a heretical thought that was viewed with disbelief, appalled horror, and mute distress by my brothers and sister-in-law.
 
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This maybe just a passing fancy. I found a used copy of a popular Bonsai How-to book for $15 that is in the mail to me.

For anyone interested in inexpensive bonsai check out.
 

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They’ve always fascinated me, but I prefer just to look at them. I’m afraid I’d destroy it.

That said, it’s as much the shallow container as the constant pruning.
If I have a concern it is how much attention they need. I don’t want a plant that will roll over and die at the slightest provocation. At the other place someone said miss one watering and it’s all over. Maybe an evergreen like a juniper might be a better way to go as my impression is an evergreen might be more drought tolerant? :unsure:
 

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lots of work and daily watering. the roots are shallow enough that the tree is slow growing. there are nice dwarf trees now you can have a tree stay small with normal work.
this guy grows maybe 1/2" a year. I have found a several really small guys that will stay small. I lost a few as they dried out too fast. a dwarf ginkgo.
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lots of work and daily watering. the roots are shallow enough that the tree is slow growing. there are nice dwarf trees now you can have a tree stay small with normal work.
this guy grows maybe 1/2" a year. I have found a several really small guys that will stay small. I lost a few as they dried out too fast. a dwarf ginkgo.
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Daily watering, you are turning me off. :) I would imagine that an evergreen or even your ginkgo would not require daily watering. Isn’t that a large pot for something designated as a bonsai? Not being critical, just curious. This is making me think, that an indoor bonsai would be better for 90F climate. And btw, I am not sold on this as a hobby yet, still gathering info.
 

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Daily watering, you are turning me off. :) I would imagine that an evergreen or even your ginkgo would not require daily watering. Isn’t that a large pot for something designated as a bonsai? Not being critical, just curious. This is making me think, that an indoor bonsai would be better for 90F climate. And btw, I am not sold on this as a hobby yet, still gathering info.
I meant bonsai need daily watering. these guys take normal watering. you have the smallness of bonsai without all the work. we have one great nursery with a lot of dwarf trees.
 

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The other day I was walking through Kroger's and saw this cute little Juniper bonsai and purchased it ($14.95). The first thing I noticed that the nursery in Florida who had created this had glued a layer of gravel across the surface of the soil. So I went home did some research and have gotten interested in growing this and maybe others.


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Now I did join the forum at Bonsai Empire and posted some questions there. If anyone here is interested in fielding them. Have at it! :)
* Would this Juniper be considered a good starter bonsai? Or was it sold as the "final product"? Any potential here?
* Is this the right kind of pot for training a bonsai? I am assuming no. It had no drain hole, so I drilled one in it. I removed the "glued-on" rocks and replaced them with pea gravel.
* This pot seems kind of deep as compared to what I've seen online, for training. Unless I hear otherwise, I'll assume it's not a good training pot.
* How important is a moisture tray, that this pot did not come with?
* What kind of plants are considered good starter bonsai?
* I have a weeping cedar tree (full size about 12' tall, out back that I took some cuttings from and if I get them growing might try to do a bonsai with them, but have no idea if they would be good or bad candidates.
* I live in Houston, Texas. It's lovely in the winter, but gets freaking hot here in the summer. I'm assuming with watering requirements, It would not be a good idea to keep some types of bonsai outside in the sun to bake, although Junipers like full sun I think. Comments?
 
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