Bonsai from seeds : Please Help

View previous topic View next topic Go down

Bonsai from seeds : Please Help

Post  briddell on Wed Jun 29, 2011 4:56 pm

Hello, this is my first post and I do not how to navigate and use all of the functions, but bare with me.

I have recently started bonsai and have been looking at my options. I have bought several kinds of seeds. I have 25 each of Japanese Red Pine and Chinese Elm, 50 Coast Red Wood Sequoia, and 15 dwarf Pomegranate seeds. I realized that it would have been a lot easier to start with seedlings or full bonsai, however I have a limited budget and seeds are cheap. I will be getting a juniper bush soon to begin with and get some hands on experience from.
I was wondering if you could supply me with links, names of books, or tips and advice to give me an idea of what I am doing.

On another note, I have found on Ebay a 14 Piece Carbon Steel Bonsai Tools with Nylon Case for roughly $20. It is used, so I was wondering if I should get them. It is currently at $19.79. I would have to bid at least $20.29, but...

Thanks in advance!!
Briddell
javascript:emoticonp('Very Happy')

briddell
Member


Back to top Go down

Re: Bonsai from seeds : Please Help

Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Wed Jun 29, 2011 5:24 pm

briddell wrote:Hello, this is my first post and I do not how to navigate and use all of the functions, but bear with me.

I have recently started bonsai and have been looking at my options. I have bought several kinds of seeds. I have 25 each of Japanese Red Pine and Chinese Elm, 50 Coast Red Wood Sequoia, and 15 dwarf Pomegranate seeds. I realized that it would have been a lot easier to start with seedlings or full bonsai, however I have a limited budget and seeds are cheap. I will be getting a juniper bush soon to begin with and get some hands on experience from.
I was wondering if you could supply me with links, names of books, or tips and advice to give me an idea of what I am doing.

On another note, I have found on EBay a 14 Piece Carbon Steel Bonsai Tools with Nylon Case for roughly $20. It is used, so I was wondering if I should get them. It is currently at $19.79. I would have to bid at least $20.29, but...

Thanks in advance!!
Briddell
javascript:emoticonp('Very Happy')

As to the tools, that seems like a very good price since a single carbon steel tool would cost twice that figure. Of course, condition matters and in really bad, rusty condition they might not be a goof buy.

As to seeds, a number of the older bonsai books deal with growing from seed, the book by Yushimura, "Miniature Trees and Landscapes" for example. This book is old and may be found at a good price.

Billy M. Rhodes
Member


Back to top Go down

Re: Bonsai from seeds : Please Help

Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Wed Jun 29, 2011 5:41 pm

I looked at EBAY, the deal seems to be good one. Probably Chinese tools but that is OK.

The book I mentioned can be had for as little as $0.49 at Amazon. I didn't see it on EBAY

Billy M. Rhodes
Member


Back to top Go down

Re: Bonsai from seeds : Please Help

Post  briddell on Wed Jun 29, 2011 6:34 pm

Thank you!!

I have looked at that book and will probably buy it. I will see if I can win the auction on the tools. Thanks!!

Briddell

briddell
Member


Back to top Go down

Re: Bonsai from seeds : Please Help

Post  JimLewis on Wed Jun 29, 2011 11:27 pm

Where is Cynthiana?

You do realize that growing bonsai from seeds will be a long, drawn out process, I hope. Lots of us have done -- and still do it -- but it's always nice to have one or two adult potted plants to play with over the 5 years plus your seeds are growing.

It probably will be quite a while before you need bonsai tools for your seedlings, but if they're a decent buy . . . .

_________________
Jim Lewis - lewisjk@windstream.net - Western NC - People, when Columbus discovered this country, it was plumb full of nuts and berries. And I'm right here to tell you the berries are just about all gone. Uncle Dave Macon, old-time country musician

JimLewis
Member


Back to top Go down

Re: Bonsai from seeds : Please Help

Post  briddell on Thu Jul 07, 2011 3:02 pm

Cynthiana is in Kentucky. It is Harrison County. It is tiny.

I do realize that seeds will take a long time. That is why I am getting a 2 ft. Japanese Red Maple to turn into a bonsai, and either a Japanese Kingsville Boxwood bonsai or a Ginseng Ficus to get experience from. The tools were bought, so I am now looking for another set. I found a 34 piece set, carbon steel, for $129.99! But, I do not need that many tools currently. What tools should I get?
Briddell

briddell
Member


Back to top Go down

Re: Bonsai from seeds : Please Help

Post  AlainK on Thu Jul 07, 2011 3:07 pm

JimLewis wrote:Where is Cynthiana?

You do realize that growing bonsai from seeds will be a long, drawn out process, I hope. Lots of us have done -- and still do it -- but it's always nice to have one or two adult potted plants to play with over the 5 years plus your seeds are growing.

It probably will be quite a while before you need bonsai tools for your seedlings, but if they're a decent buy . . . .

I quite agree with that.

But I can read in briddell's profile "Age: 12". So when she's in her twenties, her seedlings will have become interesting enough.

Or... do women lie on their age sometimes? Very Happy

AlainK
Member


Back to top Go down

Re: Bonsai from seeds : Please Help

Post  Randy_Davis on Thu Jul 07, 2011 3:25 pm

briddell wrote:Cynthiana is in Kentucky. It is Harrison County. It is tiny.

Briddell

Briddell,

I see your not too far from Louisville. There is a great bonsai club in Louisville with lots of good knowledgable folks that can give you face-to-face guidance at their meetings. The link to their website is below

http://www.louisvillebonsai.org/

Randy

Randy_Davis
Member


Back to top Go down

Re: Bonsai from seeds : Please Help

Post  briddell on Tue Jul 12, 2011 11:22 pm

Yes, I have been looking into that club. I will be joining that as soon as I have 35 dollars. Thanks for the link, though!

briddell
Member


Back to top Go down

Re: Bonsai from seeds : Please Help

Post  briddell on Tue Jul 12, 2011 11:25 pm

To AlainK : I am male. I am not a woman. Also, I am 12, just to make it clear that I am not lying about my age.

briddell
Member


Back to top Go down

Re: Bonsai from seeds : Please Help

Post  AlainK on Tue Jul 12, 2011 11:58 pm

Oh my! Sorry.

I supposed Brid stood for "Bridget", and "dell", I didn't know, but that sounded like a computer trade mark Very Happy

I can't believe you're 12 : capital letters, punctuation, syntax...

And yes, seeds will take a long time. I'm still sowing Cool

AlainK
Member


Back to top Go down

Re: Bonsai from seeds : Please Help

Post  bwaynef on Wed Jul 27, 2011 2:48 pm

If you'll excuse me for posting a link off-site, this is an excellent thread with pictures of pines grown from seed. It follows closely a method popular in Japan and recently published in Stone Lantern's _Pines_ book.

http://bonsaistudygroup.com/japanese-black-pine-discussion/growing-mikawa-japanese-black-pine-from-seed/

bwaynef
Member


Back to top Go down

Re: Bonsai from seeds : Please Help

Post  briddell on Wed Jul 27, 2011 7:36 pm


Thanks! Great link!

briddell
Member


Back to top Go down

Re: Bonsai from seeds : Please Help

Post  John Quinn on Wed Jul 27, 2011 9:45 pm

Briddell, welcome to the IBC! There was a recent thread re. tools...
http://ibonsaiclub.forumotion.com/t7091-tools?highlight=what+tools

The Search button above will be helpful to you.
John

_________________
"Eschew obfuscation"

John Quinn
Member


Back to top Go down

Re: Bonsai from seeds : Please Help

Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Wed Jul 27, 2011 10:50 pm

On the $35 membership, they may have a young persons policy. Ask

Billy M. Rhodes
Member


Back to top Go down

Re: Bonsai from seeds : Please Help

Post  bwaynef on Thu Jul 28, 2011 1:32 am

Contact John Callaway of matsubonsai.com. He hosts a bonsai study group monthly. I'm not sure he works very much with seeds though.

bwaynef
Member


Back to top Go down

Re: Bonsai from seeds : Please Help

Post  briddell on Thu Jul 28, 2011 5:28 am

I will contact him Smile

briddell
Member


Back to top Go down

Re: Bonsai from seeds : Please Help

Post  Sponsored content Today at 3:39 pm


Sponsored content


Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top


 
Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum