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Post  Guest on Fri Jun 12, 2009 4:31 am

I am getting ready to try Bonsai for the first time. I intend to study some of the websites you guys have recommended.

I love flowering plants (I already grow African Violets & Orchids). Can you all recommend something for me?

Would Plumeria be suitable for Bonsai? If so, I could start from seed (or should I start from a cutting?).

Thanks for your help.
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Re: want to try bonsai . . .

Post  JimLewis on Fri Jun 12, 2009 1:21 pm

Tell us where you live and we can recommend some plants for you. I assume it's at least semi-tropical, but plumeria is not a bonsaiable species. Look for small leaves or short needles.

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Post  Guest on Fri Jun 12, 2009 2:27 pm

I live in Florida, but I intend to grow indoors, under full spectrum grow lights.

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Post  Henrik Stubelius on Fri Jun 12, 2009 3:07 pm

Why on earth grow INDOORS when living in florida!?

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Post  Guest on Fri Jun 12, 2009 5:27 pm

Florida = BUGS and EXTREME HEAT

Furthermore, I am already growing my African Violet collection indoors, on plant stands.

AND, I live in an apartment, so space is at a premium. I don't have a yard, I have a balcony.

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Post  EdMerc on Fri Jun 12, 2009 6:56 pm

Florida = BUGS and EXTREME HEAT

What?!?!? Extreme heat? Florida offers the best growing conditions for most tropical and sub-tropical trees you can bonsai.

Where in Florida do you live? It's a big state.

I'm sorry, but it's hard to take someone seriously who wants to grow bonsai indoors in Florida.Shocked Please tell me you are joking. Laughing

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Post  Guest on Fri Jun 12, 2009 8:20 pm

Well, if I can't "be taken seriously", I guess I made a mistake joining this group.

By the way, Ed, you should read my WHOLE previous reply. Obviously, you didn't.

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Post  EdMerc on Fri Jun 12, 2009 8:50 pm

Nice edit. Still, I lived in an apartment when I started and I kept my trees outside. It's up to you what you want to do.

Also, I don't own, administrate or represent this forum in any way. My comments are my own. Please don't blame anyone else for what I say.

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Post  John Quinn on Sat Jun 13, 2009 2:13 am

Ficus is a reasonable indoor choice, albeit without flowers.
Fukien Tea (aka Fujian Tea), Ehretia microphylla has small flowers and is another option.
In any case, some time spent out on your balcony if possible will benefit your trees.

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Re: want to try bonsai . . .

Post  bonsaisr on Sat Jun 13, 2009 3:27 am

Guest wrote:Florida = BUGS and EXTREME HEAT
Furthermore, I am already growing my African Violet collection indoors, on plant stands.
AND, I live in an apartment, so space is at a premium. I don't have a yard, I have a balcony.

One consideration you should think of is that your apartment is undoubtedly air conditioned day & night (if you have such a problem with heat). African violets will be all right, but how long have you been growing orchids? I have been growing orchids under lights for 35 years here in the North, & they don't do well in air conditioning. Some bonsai will tolerate it, such as Ficus benjamina & Schefflera arboricola, but others may not. Most bonsai will be happier on your balcony. Try some different species in different conditions, & see what works best for you.
Do join your local bonsai society. They can advise you better than we can.
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