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Beginning bonsai tips wanted

Post  ozmorf on Wed May 29, 2013 12:28 am

I made the mistake of buying a small bonsai plant last year, and eventually, it ended up dying. Since then, I've wanted to start another one by getting a bush, and pruning it. I would like some tips for starting a new one---getting tips in the following areas would be very helpful:

-How to pick out a good plant to transform into a bonsai
-How early to transplant the plant into a true bonsai pot, and how early to start wiring
-Water and fertilization tips
-Good species to start with (indoor)
-General guidelines for choosing which branches should go, which ones should stay, etc.

I've done quite a bit of research already, but I'm still unsure how to approach bonsai making. Feel free to answer any/all questions, in addition to other topics that have not been mentioned here.

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Re: Beginning bonsai tips wanted

Post  John Quinn on Wed May 29, 2013 1:29 am

Gosh...that would fill a book, of which there are many good, introductory examples.
Brent Walston has some good articles on his website...e.g. http://www.evergreengardenworks.com/nurserys.htm

See also:
http://ibonsaiclub.forumotion.com/t9869-mini-book-reviews-i-beginner-s-books

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Beginning Bonsai Tips

Post  bonsaisr on Wed May 29, 2013 2:12 am

Where in the USA are you? USA has a hundred different climates. We can't give you advice until we know where you live.
Please understand that indoor bonsai really should be outdoors all summer, except perhaps in Montana.
Iris

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Re: Beginning bonsai tips wanted

Post  JimLewis on Wed May 29, 2013 1:11 pm

You need more than "tips." You will find an article for beginners and a couple of threads discussing bonsai books. Pay particular attention to the "Beginner's" book thread. www.evergreengardenworks.com has lots of good info, but I'd recommend a basic book, first -- perhaps The Complete Book of Bonsai by Harry Tomlinson, or the Simon and Schuster Guide to Bonsai.

You will find a listing of bonsai clubs at www.absbonsai.org. Find one near you and join.

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