How do you define “Bonsai Potential”?

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How do you define “Bonsai Potential”?

Post  bonsai monkey on Mon Sep 28, 2009 11:48 am

I know that this thread probably relates to the 2 that Bobby & Tony have started but I was wondering how you identify Bonsai Potential. The reason I ask is that at a visit to my Bonsai Haven I was told by Tartan & Stone Monkies that I had trees with potential but that’s about as far as we really got discussing the subject as I was too busy doing a very bad impression of Jamie Oliver!!!!

I think I’ve identified the culprits, and will post some pics ASAP, but could someone enlighten me as to why they have potential so that I can look at the rest of my pre-bonsai with a more critical eye. After all, some trees that I think are on their way could well be duds!!!!

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Re: How do you define “Bonsai Potential”?

Post  Tony on Mon Sep 28, 2009 12:32 pm

Hi Simon, It is true that ALMOST any raw material can be made into something resembling a small tree... given enough time, patience, technique etc.

As a rule of thumb good raw material should have some or all of the following.

Good health
Taper
Appearance of age
Low branches
Movement in the Trunk
Nebari
Less that 1 metre (if it is to be in my garden)
Small root ball
Leaves that are in scale to the size of the envisioned bonsai

When I see you in a month or so we will take a walk amongst my raw material, all have potential Suspect some more so.

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Re: How do you define “Bonsai Potential”?

Post  bonsai monkey on Mon Sep 28, 2009 6:34 pm

Thanx for your kind offer Tony.
I'll still look to post some pictures tomorrow so that I might get some more feedback on some of my trees & see if what I think is correct. There is a first time for everything affraid

Okk, Okk,
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Re: How do you define “Bonsai Potential”?

Post  John Quinn on Tue Sep 29, 2009 12:02 am

Tony has given you a good outline to keep in mind.
Here's a link to an article by Brent Walston on evaluating nursery material which also gives you some features to consider...
http://www.evergreengardenworks.com/nurserys.htm

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Re: How do you define “Bonsai Potential”?

Post  bonsai monkey on Tue Sep 29, 2009 10:32 am

Some pictures as mentioned


Squat Field Maple


Blackthorn


Informal Field Maple


Trident Maple

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Re: How do you define “Bonsai Potential”?

Post  leonardo on Tue Sep 29, 2009 12:02 pm

The first contraire bonsai potential award goes to............ the Trident Maple, would you please step back.

ciao, Leonardo

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