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Mango Bonsai

Post  iskhan on Thu May 05, 2011 8:42 am

Hi
I have a 2ft Mango Plant is it ready to convert it in to Bonsai?
I have a problem in my Mango plant is every time when old leaves are turn to brown then new leaves grow why? and What is the solution?
Thanks

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Re: Mango Bonsai

Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Thu May 05, 2011 9:27 am

I think this will be a difficult choice for Bonsai because of the leaf size.
The symptom you describe can sometimes be caused by over watering and a soil that does not drain well.
Is the plant inside or out?

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Re: Mango Bonsai

Post  iskhan on Thu May 05, 2011 10:58 am

Hi
I try to watering when soil seem dry may its look dry but not dry completely. 2nd option Yes you are right the soil is not very soft its little bit hard may be its block the water. So what is your suggestion?
Please explain your following comment
"Mango is difficult choice for Bonsai because of the leaf size."
This is become my 3rd Bonsail after Jambolan and Date Palm.

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Re: Mango Bonsai

Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Thu May 05, 2011 11:48 am

iskhan wrote:Hi
I try to watering when soil seem dry may its look dry but not dry completely. 2nd option Yes you are right the soil is not very soft its little bit hard may be its block the water. So what is your suggestion?
Please explain your following comment
"Mango is difficult choice for Bonsai because of the leaf size."
This is become my 3rd Bonsail after Jambolan and Date Palm.

I will have to look up Jambolan. Some people don't consider Palms bonsai.
Mangos have larger leaves and will be difficult to get proportionate to the size of the tree.

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Re: Mango Bonsai

Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Thu May 05, 2011 11:56 am

Jambolan is Syzygium cumini or we call it Java Plum. It is very invasive and again has large leaves.

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Re: Mango Bonsai

Post  Russell Coker on Thu May 05, 2011 3:08 pm

Hi iskhan, it is good to have you here on the forum.

If I may make a suggestion, you seem to be focusing on plant material that is not well suited for bonsai. As you look at this forum you will see people from all over the world using their local material for bonsai, as well as suitable plants available at nurseries. That may or may not be an option for you, but surly some local material is. Grow your mango and jambolan as potted fruit trees, or in the ground, and scout the hills and neighborhoods for better suited bonsai material - you'll find it much more rewarding!

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Re: Mango Bonsai

Post  AK_Panama on Thu May 05, 2011 3:29 pm

Hello ishkan,

It would be great if you can share pictures of your material.

What I believe the other memebers are trying to express is that, though you can reduce the size of a mango leaf, it will be too large to be able to create a bonsai that has a visually good proportion between trunk and leaves. The leaves would simply look too big.

Now, don´t get discouraged...I have seen a Mango Bonsai tree and it is spectacular. Do consider that this tree was however around 4 feet tall to keep a good proportion.


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AK_Panama



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Re: Mango Bonsai

Post  Jose O. Rivera on Fri May 06, 2011 7:07 pm

I have a mango worked as a Bonsai. The leaf size is no problem as long as is commensurate with the size of the tree. Here 's a picture of my mango tree.


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Mango Bonsai

Post  bonsaisr on Fri May 06, 2011 7:49 pm

Uh oh. affraid He grows orchids, too. Very dangerous.
Iris

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Re: Mango Bonsai

Post  Guest on Fri May 06, 2011 11:14 pm

LOL at Iris..

I confess I do the same thing!

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Re: Mango Bonsai

Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Fri May 06, 2011 11:19 pm

I think the photo above makes the case. Mango has leaves that are too large for Bonsai unless it is very large tree. I think the leaves on this tree look out of proportion to the size of the tree.

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Re: Mango Bonsai

Post  Jose O. Rivera on Fri May 06, 2011 11:29 pm

This is a tree to suit my personal taste is not to compete in an exhibition. Training has been in 10 years and still be further reduced leaves. Wink

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Mango Bonsai

Post  ortizdhs on Sun May 08, 2011 12:24 am

Billy M. Rhodes wrote:I think the photo above makes the case. Mango has leaves that are too large for Bonsai unless it is very large tree. I think the leaves on this tree look out of proportion to the size of the tree.

I've seen this tree in person and it doesn't look out of proportion. The tree looks very natural and yes it is a big tree. The picture doesn't give the tree justice. I have a large mango tree in my backyard and this tree resembles it. I believe it is a matter of taste and trying new things in Bonsai, not everything has to be 1-2-3, left, right, back to be correct. It's making your Bonsai look like a natural tree, words of the master....

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Re: Mango Bonsai

Post  AK_Panama on Mon May 09, 2011 4:17 pm

Hello Jose,

Thaqnk you for sharing! Can you also share with us the dimensions of the tree? How tall is it and how thick is the trunk?

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Re: Mango Bonsai

Post  Jose O. Rivera on Mon May 09, 2011 4:45 pm

AK_Panama wrote:Hello Jose,

Thaqnk you for sharing! Can you also share with us the dimensions of the tree? How tall is it and how thick is the trunk?

Hi AK

The tree is 40" inch tall and the diameter of the trunk is 8" inch. Wink

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