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Post  KJ on Mon Sep 16, 2013 7:52 am

Hi,
How much time does it take to bonsai a plant into a dwarf tree. thanks

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Post  kcpoole on Mon Sep 16, 2013 11:14 am

KJ wrote:Hi,
How much time does it take to bonsai a plant into a dwarf tree. thanks
Depends greatly on 4 things.

the species of tree
the quality and features of the starting material
the local growing conditions
the skill of the artist

if you living tropical areas you can get good growth year round, where in Temerate or older areas you may only have a few months
If you start with good stock, then 1/2 the work might be alsready done and refinement is all you need.

I have seen display quality trees in 2 years, and have seen other trees nowhere near ready after 20 years.

Ken

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Post  fiona on Mon Sep 16, 2013 12:37 pm

That was a very good response from KC Poole.

KJ, can I suggest that you spend some time doing a bit of up-front research before getting your first tree(s).  There are many good sources of information both books and online and in our Top Threads, Tutorials and FAQs forum you can find lists of these.  You can also do what I suggested on another of your threads and use the google search facility on our Home page to find previous topics relating to your own country.   The sources we have suggested have been proven to be good - beware the many poor sources including a lot of stuff on youtube.

You seem to be coming at this with no previous knowledge or experience and that in many ways is a good thing as you are starting with a fresh eye.  Good luck to you.

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How Much Time?

Post  bonsaisr on Fri Sep 20, 2013 3:23 am

I have an American red maple, Acer rubrum, that I collected in 1991. I am still fighting with it. It loses branches, loses tops, needs thread grafts, etc. It's only been fit to exhibit once or twice. I put up with it because it is the only tree in my collection I collected myself. Crying or Very sad 
I have a collected hybrid larch that I acquired last November. It was wired & styled in a workshop. It was repotted last spring in a bonsai pot. The wire was removed in July. This hybrid holds wiring better than plain American larch. I pinched it all summer. It is still a little rough around the edges, but I was able to put it in our club show early this month.
I know there are no larches in Mumbai, but this gives you an idea.
Iris

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