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Post  Bonsaiteen on Fri Aug 09, 2013 5:29 am

So I happen to love bonsai, BUT I hate the most used tree. My reason being that I'm really allergic to juniper. I still feel the need to grow one even though it might die of neglect. When someone gave me a juniper bonsai as a gift, I killed it accidentally.

Do any of you try to grow a tree that is impossible for you or not. Sometimes it feels like its only me. Confused 

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Post  Guest on Fri Aug 09, 2013 11:25 am

I kill pines even after almost 30yrs but I keep trying & have 2 currently in the ground Rolling Eyes 

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Post  Jkd2572 on Fri Aug 09, 2013 4:43 pm

Yes I sometimes try to grow trees that are not suited for my climate. I usually learn the hard way with their death.

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Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Sat Aug 10, 2013 7:44 pm

Frequently "gift trees" are purchased at Wal Mart, Lowes, etc. and don't get any care before sale, with Junipers, they will stay green for a couple of months after they are dead (think Christmas trees) So the plant is purchased, gifted and it does in six weeks to a month, It was already dead when you got it. If it had rocks glued on the surface, it was from a big box store, that is the first clue, the rocks are there to keep the plant in the pot during shipping, but they don't get removed and water can't penetrate. The other issue is soil and location, Bonsai are not indoor plants and the soil sold with big box plants is crappy so it is easy to kill with too much or too little water
Suggestion, get a book or go online, read, buy plant in nursery pot, buy good soil, find a bonsai pot somewhere and start your own. A good bonsai pot has good drainage, the big box plants are often in pots with a tiny drain hole.
Find a bonsai club.

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Post  Bonsaiteen on Sun Aug 11, 2013 7:35 am

The bonsai wasn't from Walmart. They were from some nursery that donated them as prizes but they sent them after the event was finished. So she gave them away.

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Post  Khaimraj Seepersad on Sun Aug 11, 2013 11:40 am

Bonsaiteen [ do you have a name ?]

I can't grow Bougainvilleas, and it was only after the words of Ms. Cohen and Yvonne G. that I can finally grow our Ficus p. or Benjamina.
They seem to live on stone with very, very little compost, the ficus.

BUT i can grow Japanese Black pines - ha ha.
Best to you.
Khaimraj

* Trees from China, are often grown in clay as soil. Then cut out of the soil and stuck into a bonsai pot, with little or no fine roots for feeding the tree. Then shipped by boat, for two weeks or so in the dark and in a container within a ship's hold. Often they are already dead or so weak, that they eventually just die.

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Post  MikeG on Tue Aug 13, 2013 11:23 pm

Any tree from any region can be grown by anyone with the will and resources to replicate its natural habitat.
Are you literally allergic to junipers? That's how I understood your post. If they die of neglect because they make you sick, then you shouldn't do it. What's the purpose? Suffer just so you can say you have one? Doesn't make sense to me.

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