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Post  bonsai padawan on Fri Jan 21, 2011 9:08 pm

It is winter time in California and I was wondering if it would be a bad time to go and buy a tree from a nursery so that I will have it when spring time comes around?

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Post  JimLewis on Fri Jan 21, 2011 9:13 pm

Unless you are in northernmost California (or way up in the mountains) now is a great time to go to a nursery and get a plant to start working on now.

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Post  bonsai padawan on Fri Jan 21, 2011 9:16 pm

Awesome and thanks for the advice!

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Post  bonsai padawan on Sat Jan 22, 2011 12:04 am

any recomendations on junipers?

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Post  Todd Ellis on Sat Jan 22, 2011 12:32 am

Sargents (aka Shimpaku), Procumbens, Robusta, San Jose, Hollywood, are some which come to mind. Anything with an interesting trunk (thick, textured/old bark, nice root flare or butress, and many branches and foliage. Sometimes, the bargain or TLC sections have trees that could make interesting bonsai if you know what to look for. Have fun and good luck in your search!
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Post  Russell Coker on Sat Jan 22, 2011 3:18 am

That strikes me as an odd question. I never thought about looking for bonsai material in nurseries at certain times of the year. Seems like you want to keep an eye out all the time, no matter when you planned to work on it. My recommendation would be to look often, look at everything, and rule out nothing. It's all part of the learning experience. Just have fun!

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Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Sat Jan 22, 2011 10:33 am

Since I live in Florida our gardening is less seasonal but when I have visited the Dayton, Ohio area in October I do see some deals on nursery stock, especially evergreens and Japanese Maples. They are interesting for me to look at but they are varieties that would not survive my climate.

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Post  JimLewis on Sat Jan 22, 2011 2:17 pm

My recommendation would be to look often, look at everything, and rule out nothing.

But don't feel bad if you come away empty handed. Buy only good material -- the best material you can afford and leave everything else behind.

There are people on here who say they learn from the crappy material they buy, but they don't learn the right things.

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Post  rock on Sat Jan 22, 2011 3:45 pm

Good advice above, of course there is never a bad time for a nursery crawl in Sacto. You might also google...

Maruyama Bonsai Nursery What a Face awesome

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Post  Russell Coker on Sat Jan 22, 2011 3:50 pm

There are people on here who say they learn from the crappy material they buy, but they don't learn the right things.

Not necessarily. I think the first part of bonsai is to learn what you CAN and CANNOT to specific species of plant material - how far can you push it and when is the best time to do it. You can read all the books you want, but it won't mean anything until you put your hands on a plant. We ALL have killed more than our far share of potential bonsai - and crap is a good place to start experimenting.

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Post  bonsai padawan on Sat Jan 22, 2011 6:54 pm

rock wrote:Good advice above, of course there is never a bad time for a nursery crawl in Sacto. You might also google...

Maruyama Bonsai Nursery What a Face awesome

I went there one day but they were closed. Have you been there before?

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Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Sat Jan 22, 2011 9:40 pm

Bonsai Lesson #1 If the word "Bonsai" is in the title or on the product you will pay twice as much.

Now you may get what you pay for or not, but Just saying.

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Post  Neil Jaeger on Sun Jan 23, 2011 4:27 pm

Todd Ellis wrote:Sargents (aka Shimpaku), Procumbens, Robusta, San Jose, Hollywood, are some which come to mind. Anything with an interesting trunk (thick, textured/old bark, nice root flare or butress, and many branches and foliage. Sometimes, the bargain or TLC sections have trees that could make interesting bonsai if you know what to look for. Have fun and good luck in your search!
Best, Todd

Is this true that Sargents Juniper is the same spieces as Shimpaku? If it is, im gonna be pretty mad at myself cause i had a chance to buy quite a few pretty nice trees for real cheap. Will someone please help with an answer to this?

Neil

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Re: when to shop for nursery stock

Post  GaryWood on Sun Jan 23, 2011 5:15 pm

Neil, there was a discussion here.
Wood
http://bonsainut.com/forums/showthread.php?t=4797

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Post  JimLewis on Sun Jan 23, 2011 5:19 pm

Is this true that Sargents Juniper is the same spieces as Shimpaku?

Lots of confusion here, but in a nutshell, yes.

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