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Old Bonsai Guy?

Post  justclox on Tue Dec 09, 2014 10:42 am

I am 67 yeas old, just a little old to plant seeds and see them into Bonsai beauty.
I have been interested in Bonsai for only 2 years, but have read a goodly number of books and attended training days/weeks.
These, so far have been a bit hit and miss.
Please suggest (if it is possible?) a structured training regime to enable an "old timer" like me to get a good bonsai education in a reasonable time, which I can use before "croaking it"http://illiweb.com/fa/i/smiles/icon_sad.gif.

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Re: Old Bonsai Guy?

Post  Rick36 on Tue Dec 09, 2014 12:16 pm

Morning Justclox. There is nothing like a bit of optimism for the future!! Hopefully, since you are just a boy (in comparative terms - see Avatar) the patient art of bonsai will extend your current expectations. Quite a few year old plantings/cuttings will develop in a relatively short time e.g. the infamous Chinese Elm. I'd suggest you read Harry Harrington's website - Bonsai4me - cover to cover (or what ever is the cyber equivalent of that phrase), select your tree choice carefully and pray to Jurojin.
Join your local club if that's possible, but be cynical about everything you read and hear. If it does not make horticultural sense it probably isn't true.
Keep following IBC and good luck! Or should I say "Good Health"? Try not to think too much about the alternative!! Cheers. Rick.



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Re: Old Bonsai Guy?

Post  kevin stoeveken on Tue Dec 09, 2014 12:55 pm

there is also this:

http://ibonsaiclub.forumotion.com/t15920-watch-my-free-online-video-class

the free wiring course was excellant...

the one you have to pay for is really quite good... it is aimed at an intermediate level of experience and so a few (admitted by colin) assumptions were made as to the horticultural and basic design experience of the viewers/students, but still very informative, even for me as a 3 year-ish novice (and i started when i was 50 years old)...

another suggestion for material that develops very quickly is the portulacaria afra a.k.a. spekboom in its native afrikaans
here is one of mine:

http://ibonsaiclub.forumotion.com/t16171-portulacaria-afra-spekboom-2-1-2-year-progression?highlight=spekboom

enjoy !!!
and if you have your health, they dont call them "golden years" for nothing...

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Re: Old Bonsai Guy?

Post  fiona on Tue Dec 09, 2014 7:50 pm

Do you have a garden, Alistair?

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Re: Old Bonsai Guy?

Post  M. Frary on Tue Dec 09, 2014 8:08 pm

Not sure how to post links but Zach Smith at Bonsai South has a couple of great articles for well everyone from beginner to seasoned hobbyist. One is trees for beginners and the other is how to create a bonsai in 3 years.
Oh yeah. Enough of the old guy stuff alright? You have plenty of time.
Good luck and welcome to the forum. Lots of knowledgeable people here.

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Post  kevin stoeveken on Tue Dec 09, 2014 8:31 pm

hey M - is this what you mean ?

http://bonsai-south.com/start-here

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Re: Old Bonsai Guy?

Post  Khaimraj Seepersad on Tue Dec 09, 2014 9:57 pm

Alistair,

if the size does not bother you, try mame' [ 3 inches / 8 cm ] and small Bonsai.
Best to you.
Khaimraj

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Re: Old Bonsai Guy?

Post  M. Frary on Wed Dec 10, 2014 2:48 am

beer city snake wrote:hey M - is this what you mean ?

http://bonsai-south.com/start-here

That's him Kevin. Thank you.
Quit squeezing my head! And call me Mike.

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Re: Old Bonsai Guy?

Post  Precarious on Wed Dec 10, 2014 5:16 am

I wouldn't feel right to leave Andy Rutledge out of this discussion.  It just may be that you want to grow a tree that speaks to youthfulness.  It's not always about the ancient.  This can help:
http://andyrutledge.com/book/content/langofartistry.html

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Post  Zach Smith on Wed Dec 10, 2014 11:52 am

M. Frary wrote:  Not sure how to post links but Zach Smith at Bonsai South has a couple of great articles for well everyone from beginner to seasoned hobbyist. One is trees for beginners and the other is how to create a bonsai in 3 years.
 Oh yeah. Enough of the old guy stuff alright? You have plenty of time.
Good luck and welcome to the forum. Lots of knowledgeable people here.
Thank you, Mike. I hope the information is helpful.

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Re: Old Bonsai Guy?

Post  kevin stoeveken on Wed Dec 10, 2014 12:42 pm

M. Frary wrote:Quit squeezing my head!

i realized the similarities after i changed my avatar, but didnt think anyone else would (except maybe a canadian  Wink  )

www.youtube.com/watch?v=8t4pmlHRokg

rest assured though that no heads were actually crushed or harmed when my niece took the photo  bounce

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old bonsai guy

Post  geoffm5eay on Wed Dec 10, 2014 7:00 pm

Well Alistair maybe it is old dogs and new tricks?

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Re: Old Bonsai Guy?

Post  M. Frary on Thu Dec 11, 2014 2:50 am

You are very welcome Zach.
Kevin, I wasn't sure you would get what I was seeing on your avatar but couldn't resist. Kids in the hall!

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