From sapling to bonsai... how?

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From sapling to bonsai... how?

Post  Toast on Sat May 09, 2009 2:43 pm

Hi all,

I recently acquired a silver birch sapling and was wondering what would be the best way to grow it for bonsai? Its about 2-3 inches high at the moment in a 5 inch pot. i thought i should just let it grow for now but im not sure what to do when it gets to a good size?

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Re: From sapling to bonsai... how?

Post  JimLewis on Sat May 09, 2009 8:39 pm

You have the right thought. Let it grow. When -- in 3-5 years -- it has a trunk diameter of at least 1 inch (2 is better), show us a picture and ask again.

BUT if you want it to grow appreciably, you will need to either plant it in the ground or into a much bigger pot or grow box.

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Re: From sapling to bonsai... how?

Post  Toast on Sat May 09, 2009 10:09 pm

Ah ok, ill be heading out for a much larger pot tomorrow then Rolling Eyes

Thanks Jim
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Re: From sapling to bonsai... how?

Post  JimLewis on Sun May 10, 2009 12:22 am

Something that is quite shallow will be better than a deep pot. You don't want your roots to grow down -- you want them to spread. Azalea pots are a possibility. Dunno what you'd call them in England.

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