Were you good enough?

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Were you good enough?

Post  Jake16 on Mon Jan 28, 2013 11:14 pm

Could anyone post any malsai (or any other tree of that type) that they have turn into a beautiful tree? I figure this would be a fun way to see what you can make out nothings with a little time, dedication, and creativity. Smile

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Post  Smithy on Mon Jan 28, 2013 11:51 pm

I made this from a very cheap chinese elm .It only had one long root so no nebari. I think it cost £5. Also prunus from the garden center for £8. At the time i was really happy with them ,as you have to use the material you can afford.






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Post  Guest on Tue Jan 29, 2013 1:51 am

I think I have some of those posted here a long time ago. I'll try to recover some photos...

This is a good thread and helpful to those who do not want to spend a lifetime savings for expensive materials but wanted to have some piece of the fun as well.

regards,
jun Smile

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Post  Guest on Tue Jan 29, 2013 1:52 am

Very nice creations Smithy! ThumbsUp

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jun Smile

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Post  Jake16 on Tue Jan 29, 2013 4:45 am

Jun,
That's exactly what I was thinking. I know I love a good cheap/free tree.

Smithy,

Thanks for the reply, I really like your trees. Anyway you can try to fix the nebari?

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Post  Andre Beaurain on Tue Jan 29, 2013 7:05 am

I obviously live on a different planet....

what is MALSAI, not even google knows!

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Post  RKatzin on Tue Jan 29, 2013 7:34 am

Andre, Mass produced, cookie cutter 'bonsai', sold at a shopping mall= malsai. Rick

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Post  davidlpf on Tue Jan 29, 2013 10:05 am

Hi

here you have my "mallsai" when I bought it (9,95€)


This month


for the scale Cool


The roots at the first repot



and how they look this year (2013)


It is not a big change, but IMHO is a little tree for spend some nice time with, obviously, the beer helps!! Laughing

greetings from Spain


Last edited by davidlpf on Tue Jan 29, 2013 11:06 am; edited 3 times in total (Reason for editing : change imagen size, and enable thumbnails)

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Post  Guest on Tue Jan 29, 2013 11:48 am

Here are some mallsai

Chinese elm



was a "mallsai" fukien tea. Used to be upright in design with 1,2,3, branch like pine tree, then one day I was so mad at something I decided to hack the whole left side branches Evil or Very Mad ...hehehe.




Chinese elms



Chinese elms



I think this one is Chinese Privet...




....The good thing I realized about these "mallsai" things, they are easy to create into something else, because unlike new materials, mostly got lot of branches to choose from and the chances of them taking abused and survive the "transformation" is much greater than raw materials because of the more than enough root formations.

Just take note, that most of these mallsai from Chinsa were planted in clay/soil...do not remove them all at once.

regards,
jun Smile


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Post  JimLewis on Tue Jan 29, 2013 2:28 pm


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Re: Were you good enough?

Post  Jake16 on Wed Jan 30, 2013 1:40 pm

Thanks every one for the replies. Those are some nice transformations.

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Re: Were you good enough?

Post  David Brunner on Thu Jan 31, 2013 8:13 pm

Hello Jake – I am reticent to suggest that this is either “good enough” or “beautiful”, however here is a mass produced Chinese elm soon after I acquired it in about 1998 (yet after my having made a pathetically naïve attempt at the lightning struck look) and then subsequently in about 2010. I have since “re-homed” the tree as it will not thrive in the shady conditions in which I now live.

David B.




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Post  Jake16 on Fri Feb 01, 2013 4:31 am

David

Thanks for sharing. That tree is awesome. Did you bend that trunk or did you grow out a new leader?

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Post  David Brunner on Fri Feb 01, 2013 4:44 am

Well, a little of the later. I chopped to the second live branch, which I think you can see from the image, and then grew the rest out. Thankfully Elms are fast and forgiving! Hmm, that night be a lesson for me as well?

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Re: Were you good enough?

Post  Sabi on Wed Feb 06, 2013 12:32 pm

I think this cost about £10 from a Garden Centre near me, we have regular competitions on another forum doing this sort of thing.

Ouchie ! by mikeybonsai, on Flickr


Final Pic by mikeybonsai, on Flickr

Also this one cost me £4 from a hardware store in the UK


Fukien by mikeybonsai, on Flickr


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