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Post  Tom Simonyi on Wed Mar 04, 2015 6:32 pm



This tree (Citrus aurantifolia, Key Lime) was the first tree I purchased after initially becoming interested in bonsai back in the 1980's.  Having researched the cultivar thoroughly at the time and not finding much, if any, detailed information regarding its culture as a bonsai, I concluded that it would probably not be an ideal candidate; however, I was not deterred and began to work with the tree in 1986.  I have learned much about bonsai in general and key lime specifically during the years that have followed.  This particular tree has survived all the training that I have subjected it to over the years, some yielding good results and some admittedly not so good, and for that, I am grateful.  I have come to respect its tenacity and have developed a fondness for it during our journey together thus far.

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Post  Tom Simonyi on Wed Mar 04, 2015 6:34 pm




The tree in 2004...

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Post  Tom Simonyi on Wed Mar 04, 2015 6:36 pm




The tree in 2011...

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Post  Tom Simonyi on Wed Mar 04, 2015 6:37 pm



The tree in March of 2015...

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Post  Tom Simonyi on Wed Mar 04, 2015 6:38 pm



March 2015....

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Post  appalachianOwl on Thu Mar 05, 2015 2:56 am

Nice! Really that is a cool little tree. What's the scale? Very drastic transformation over the progression, as stated before, cool little tree. Thanks for sharing. -Jacob

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Post  bottasegreta on Thu Mar 05, 2015 12:29 pm

Does it fruit? I'd love to see images of the tree with fruit on it. Also, which of thee three primary branches did you end up keeping? ALSO, what a great pot, is that porcelain?

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Post  Tom Simonyi on Thu Mar 05, 2015 1:16 pm

Thanks to you both for the kind words.....The pot was purchased many years ago from Jiu-San Bonsai (Philip Tacktill). I do not think it is porcelain. The tree has only fruited once since I have been working with it, and unfortunately I do not have any pictures of it at that stage....I remember pretty white flowers and very small fruit.

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Tom

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Post  giga on Thu Mar 05, 2015 3:08 pm

very nice transformation!

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Post  AlainK on Thu Mar 05, 2015 3:19 pm

What a stunning transformation from a very ordinary tree! Well done, Tom ThumbsUp

(any flowers so far?...) (read the previous messages Laughing )

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