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Where to buy seedlings?

Post  biodegraded on Sat Dec 01, 2012 2:59 am

Hi folks,

I'm looking for a good seedling supplier that can ship to eastern US (maryland specifically, if there are any local sources) at reasonable prices and with good quality. I want to try a Doug Philips style fused trunk so I need quite a few. I'll probably start with a maple variety, but I'm not sure yet.

Any recommendations for online suppliers or wholesalers would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

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Post  drgonzo on Sat Dec 01, 2012 3:03 am

Trident maples work well for this style and I can recommend Matt Ouwinga at Kaede bonsai-en as probably the best source. Matty will treat you right. I've gotten more seedlings of more varieties from him then anywhere else and they are outstanding stock.

http://www.kaedebonsai.com/

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Plus Matt is just an awesome guy.

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Post  biodegraded on Sat Dec 01, 2012 3:07 am

Thanks, drgonzo! That was fast.

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Post  drgonzo on Sat Dec 01, 2012 3:12 am

Bill Valavanis does bare root seedlings every year too but he probably won't have his spring catalog ready until he returns from Japan. I have acquired good stock from him as well. I know Matt has seedlings available right now if you want to make a move before the weight of winter sets in.

-Jay

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Post  Ryan on Sat Dec 01, 2012 3:18 am

biodegraded wrote:Thanks, drgonzo! That was fast.

Since you're in Maryland, a good bonsai place to stop by would be Meehans Miniatures. I plan on heading up there tomorrow to get some more stock. Here's their site:

http://www.meehansminiatures.com/

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Post  Leo Schordje on Sat Dec 01, 2012 4:36 am

drgonzo wrote:Trident maples work well for this style and I can recommend Matt Ouwinga at Kaede bonsai-en as probably the best source. Matty will treat you right. I've gotten more seedlings of more varieties from him then anywhere else and they are outstanding stock.

http://www.kaedebonsai.com/

-Jay

Plus Matt is just an awesome guy.

Check out Matt's pots too.

Jay - Thanks for the reminder. I just completed my order for the Mikawa origin, Japanese Black Pine. He sells out of these most years, as he sells out of the Japanese White Pines also. Years of fun ahead.

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Post  drgonzo on Sat Dec 01, 2012 5:21 am

Leo Schordje wrote: I just completed my order for the Mikawa origin, Japanese Black Pine. He sells out of these most years, as he sells out of the Japanese White Pines also. Years of fun ahead.

I did a 30 tree trident forest this last spring with seedlings from both Matt and Bill V. Matts seedlings had exceptional fall coloring and nice individual leaf variation. I know his seed source in Japan is quite good. Fall turned many of the trees in the group beautiful pink I was very impressed.

And I reminded myself that I should give him a shout to see if there are what would now be TWO year old Hornbeam seedlings left from last year.
-Jay

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Post  leatherback on Sat Dec 01, 2012 8:52 am

biodegraded wrote:Hi folks,

I'm looking for a good seedling supplier that can ship to eastern US (maryland specifically, if there are any local sources) at reasonable prices and with good quality. I want to try a Doug Philips style fused trunk so I need quite a few. I'll probably start with a maple variety, but I'm not sure yet.

Any recommendations for online suppliers or wholesalers would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

If you are doing this this winter, then please have a lkook here: http://www.bonsaiempire.com/forum/current-competition/6332-bonsai-empire-competition-trunk-fusion. They have a competition open untill june 1 on trunk fusion.

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Re: Where to buy seedlings?

Post  JimLewis on Sat Dec 01, 2012 12:35 pm

www.musserforests.com sells bare root seedlings of a whole host of trees, including trident maples. I suspect their price per 5, 10 or a dozen will be much less than any sold by anyone else.

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Re: Where to buy seedlings?

Post  drgonzo on Sat Dec 01, 2012 3:41 pm

JimLewis wrote:www.musserforests.com sells bare root seedlings of a whole host of trees, including trident maples. I suspect their price per 5, 10 or a dozen will be much less than any sold by anyone else.

Musser doesn't sell Tridents. Indeed the variety of their offerings has diminished significantly over just the past few years (sign of the times I suppose)

It's tempting and sometimes necessary (if you're after something specific) to order seedlings from large "landscape" suppliers, as I have done in the past. However the quality of the stock can be quite variable and the roots are usually poor, requiring a tap root trim and at least a year in good soil before being workable. If you do order from one of these suppliers be sure to order for spring delivery not fall, as that way you will receive the current years spring dug trees and not holdovers from the previous year.

On the other hand. Ordering from a bonsai specialist such as Matt Ouwinga or Bret Walston, who has grown out the stock in bonsai soil, will provide you with good rootage from the start. Matt also offers a volume discount and usually throws in several (more then you can use) extras for you on top of whatever you order in case some don't 'make it'.

-Jay

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Re: Where to buy seedlings?

Post  nickalpin on Mon Dec 03, 2012 8:24 pm

Believe it or not, eBay. I bought about 40 Japanese black pine seedlings, the cost was reasonable. You'll find other varieties as well.

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