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Topic # 151944 10-Sep-2014 19:58
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Started to get into the whole bonsai thing year. Obviously started with a whole lot of learning (Thanks Youtube).
Eventually decided to give it a go...lots of trial and error.

Would be very keen to know how many others on this forum are into the art of Bonsai.
Currently have 3 bonsai's now. -  juniperus x media, Buxus and Picea alberttiana Conica. I still need to take more photos of the others.

Would say the next project is building a bonsai bench / stand. Will post pictures of this on the DIY post .

Feel free to post your bonsai pictures!










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  Reply # 1126081 10-Sep-2014 20:07

That's marvellous.  I was watching an episode of Mad Men, on Lightbox, where Mr Copper was tending to one of his bonsai trees.  It made me want to get one. 



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  Reply # 1126082 10-Sep-2014 20:09
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Bobdn: That's marvellous.  I was watching an episode of Mad Men, on Lightbox, where Mr Copper was tending to one of his bonsai trees.  It made me want to get one. 


Surprisingly it is great fun! Helps with the whole "patience" thing people keep talking about.
I'm quite keen on creating little miniature apple trees!




 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1126123 10-Sep-2014 21:28
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Can I ask, where do you actually buy them from? 



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  Reply # 1126140 10-Sep-2014 21:46
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wiidsmkr91: Can I ask, where do you actually buy them from? 


Ofcourse you can, well theres a few options...
Premade...trademe,kings plant barn and selected mitra10 stores.

Alternatively you can make your own which is better I think, Roger Hunters garden centre is great for a wide selection of plants.

Hunting the right (the one you want) plant is probably the hardest part...

If you are fortunate enough to live on large land with many trees and plants, you could always transplant or take clippings and do some cloning.




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  Reply # 1126155 10-Sep-2014 22:01
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If you are in Wellington, the Miramar branch of California Garden Centre is worth a visit. The owner has been creating Bonsai trees for years. Details on their website.

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  Reply # 1126163 10-Sep-2014 22:18
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I used to have several - there was a Bonsai nursery near where I lived in the UK and you could just go in and buy them.

My MiL 'pruned' them one day when her broomstick was working well enough for her to visit for the weekend and they died shortly thereafter. (the trees, not the MiL. Sadly).







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Bung: If you are in Wellington, the Miramar branch of California Garden Centre is worth a visit. The owner has been creating Bonsai trees for years. Details on their website.


Their store looks great. Will definitely visit them when i'm down in Wellington!




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  Reply # 1126347 11-Sep-2014 10:19
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I want one :D




 




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  Reply # 1126352 11-Sep-2014 10:21
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TimA: I want one :D


try make your own rather than just buying. It will help you to understand,learn about the plant and the setup.




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BinaryLimited:
TimA: I want one :D


try make your own rather than just buying. It will help you to understand,learn about the plant and the setup.


 

Can you do a buyers guide for me, Like what to get and how to maintain it.




 




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TimA:
BinaryLimited:
TimA: I want one :D


try make your own rather than just buying. It will help you to understand,learn about the plant and the setup.


Can you do a buyers guide for me, Like what to get and how to maintain it.


Not a problem, can put a general "rule of thumb" guide together. Each to their own tho... everyone does what works for them and their plants.
Also depends on the plant too.

Where about in Auckland are you based?




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  Reply # 1126374 11-Sep-2014 10:53
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BinaryLimited:
TimA:
BinaryLimited:
TimA: I want one :D


try make your own rather than just buying. It will help you to understand,learn about the plant and the setup.


Can you do a buyers guide for me, Like what to get and how to maintain it.


Not a problem, can put a general "rule of thumb" guide together. Each to their own tho... everyone does what works for them and their plants.
Also depends on the plant too.

Where about in Auckland are you based?



You shouldnt have asked :3

The all mighty supreme North Shore, Takapuna based!




 




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TimA:
BinaryLimited:
TimA: I want one :D


try make your own rather than just buying. It will help you to understand,learn about the plant and the setup.


Can you do a buyers guide for me, Like what to get and how to maintain it.




Basic Methods for Bonsai :

Potting


Wiring


2 Watering Methods


There are more things to consider once your bonsai is in its pot.

For example :

 

     

  1. Root Rot
  2. Diseases
  3. Over Watering ( Drowning )
  4. Under watering ( Starving )
  5. Air layering ( cloning )
  6. Positioning ( Positioning in the pot and in the garden with sun, shade and wind )

 



Goodluck!




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  Reply # 1127054 12-Sep-2014 10:17
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Wow!  This is awesome!  They look like big trees but they are tiny!  I never thought I'd be this excited about a tree.
Can you keep them inside?  I'm confused.  They say cuttings from almost any tree...Does that mean I could grow a miniature Kauri tree that grew like 6 foot tall?

/Nothorticulturespecialist
/probablysoundeddumbjustthen.

I can definitely see the attraction to waiting.  Patience makes the end result much more satisfying!  I did a quick Google search and some people have some pretty amazing trees!





Sometimes what you don't get is a blessing in disguise!



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DravidDavid: Wow!  This is awesome!  They look like big trees but they are tiny!  I never thought I'd be this excited about a tree.
Can you keep them inside?  I'm confused.  They say cuttings from almost any tree...Does that mean I could grow a miniature Kauri tree that grew like 6 foot tall?

/Nothorticulturespecialist
/probablysoundeddumbjustthen.

I can definitely see the attraction to waiting.  Patience makes the end result much more satisfying!  I did a quick Google search and some people have some pretty amazing trees!


You can keep some tree's inside, you will need to do some googling about that.
I do prefer keeping the tree's outside tho, if you have a bigger garden than mine, you can building a greenhouse or bonsai stand.

Its crazy, some bonsai's are 500+ years old. )(#&*(@&*@&
Seen some on ebay asking for about $24,000+ USD

not sure about the kauri, there's only 1 way to find out i guess.






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