Can a cycad become a bonsai?

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Can a cycad become a bonsai?

Post  Joel T on Fri Mar 09, 2012 1:42 am

Im not sure if it technically can, but my little brothers friend gave him a tiny one, and i helped him make it into a "bonsai", can it technically be called one?

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Can a Cycad become a bonsai?

Post  bonsaisr on Fri Mar 09, 2012 3:15 am

Cycads do not have branches. They have one growing tip, like a palm tree. They are primitive conifers, but their structure precludes their becoming traditional bonsai. However, they can be kept small for years by root pruning and potting in a small pot. They are suitable companions for bonsai, and are often displayed in club bonsai shows, like my pygmy date palm, which is a fraction of the size of a standard specimen, but the traditionalists will not accept as a bonsai.
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Re: Can a cycad become a bonsai?

Post  Guest on Sun Mar 11, 2012 12:36 am

This is a pair of 30yr old cycads, one always grown in the ground the other always in pots.

As Iris stated, they will not be recognised as bonsai by many, I for one am happy to call it such.

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Re: Can a cycad become a bonsai?

Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Sun Mar 11, 2012 1:06 am

Joel T wrote:Im not sure if it technically can, but my little brothers friend gave him a tiny one, and i helped him make it into a "bonsai", can it technically be called one?

NO

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