Newbie efforts with Yaupon Hollys

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Newbie efforts with Yaupon Hollys

Post  KimchiMonger on Thu Jul 01, 2010 8:11 am

I'm in N.Texas where the holly does very well as a large shrub and makes up part of much landscaping here.

As a beginner myself, not having a lot of bonsai growing experience 'Confused' nor thousands to spend on finished high quality bonsai, I've entertained the idea of working with affordable nursery stock other than a couple of $100 range trees I've acquired. I was excited about the challenge of taking a seemingly ugly bush in a plastic pot and trying to uncover a trainable future bonsai.

I'm posting initial and soon to be progressive pics of a couple of hollys I'm working on now. Not masterpieces but hey, for $10 and a learning curb on my part I'm working on developing them the best I can and then some.

Any comments regarding this species or experience with such would make a great read for those of us interested. I've placed the photos on my own hosting service as they are several and will continue to grow as I update with progress photos. The first is actually bucida spinosa but those that follow are yaupon holly.

You can check some of them out here:

http://www.lovethatkimchi.com/Yaupon_Holly_Bonsai/Holly_Index.html

Thanks again for any input and happy bonsaing! Is that a word? I dunno but it'll have to suffice for now.

Randy S. Confused


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Re: Newbie efforts with Yaupon Hollys

Post  craigw on Thu Jul 01, 2010 8:33 am

Hi Randy, It looks to me like you are in too much of a hurry to get your trees into bonsai pots. This is a common mistake beginners make and one I have made many times in the past. In the long term it is much better when starting with such young plants to grow them on for a few years in larger pots and get some bulk into them, once you put them in a bonsai pot the growth will slow right down and it will take many years to get them looking like mature trees.
Hope that is of some help to you
Craig

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Re: Newbie efforts with Yaupon Hollys

Post  Rob Kempinski on Fri Jul 02, 2010 7:51 pm

Yaupon Holly can make interesting bonsai. I'd recommend the dwarf schillings variety. The native variety does not like to be pruned and shaped.

This is a shohin that I have been working on for about 5 years.




This is a larger one Jim Smith has been training for years. Now on display at the Brevard Zoo bonsai exhibit maintained by our local club.

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Re: Newbie efforts with Yaupon Hollys

Post  KimchiMonger on Sat Jul 03, 2010 5:36 am

Rob,

First of all, WOW! WOW! WOW! You know, this is the sort of imagery that serves as an inspiration for some of us who've only begun taking action on a long seated drive to begin growing something like this.

Your photos are just excellent and I do envy and appreciate those beauties! Five years of work on that first one is quite impressive.

Thank you for posting the pics as it helps more than you'll know.


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Re: Newbie efforts with Yaupon Hollys

Post  Smithy on Sat Jul 03, 2010 7:52 am

I like the way you are going with your trees. Smile

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