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Post  hoboman Sun Apr 25, 2010 1:00 pm

Hi
I wanted to know if it is possible to make a shohin bonsai with a regular chilli tree?
If so how big does the plant have to be before I start?

Thanks!

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Post  JimLewis Sun Apr 25, 2010 1:31 pm

Chili TREE?

For instance?

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Post  hoboman Sun Apr 25, 2010 2:00 pm

A tree like this one:

Shohin Chilli Bonsai Thai_peppers

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Post  AlainK Sun Apr 25, 2010 2:40 pm

Hi,

I had always thought that the plants of genus Capsicum were annual plants.

But maybe I'm wrong and in milder climates than mine perhaps they can last for years. Confused
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Post  Mawardi Nur Sun Apr 25, 2010 4:06 pm

That's right by Alain..I never see all the year the chilli long live.
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Post  Robert J. Baran Sun Apr 25, 2010 4:41 pm

In milder climates or when raised indoors under lights, Capsicum can be no longer just an annual. Please see this link for a fellow in Finland who has extensive experience with chili bonsai. http://fatalii.net/growing/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=95&Itemid=105
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Post  JimLewis Sun Apr 25, 2010 4:52 pm

I'm always happy to learn (and see) something new! Thanks all!

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Post  AlainK Sun Apr 25, 2010 9:16 pm

Interesting.

Not sure they can live very long in a pot. In places where they can grow all year-round like "la RĂ©union", in the Indian ocean, I read that some species are cultivated over a period of three years. If they could stay in the ground for four, and they replant new ones after the third year, there must be some reason I guess...
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Post  bonsaistud Sun Apr 25, 2010 10:33 pm

G'day hobo...

Not the best thing around for bonsai, however...to address your questions...the answers are YES, and get the biggest trunk you can get.

I know a guy in Tucson, Arizona, USA (desert area) had one going 4-5 years when he lost his entire collection to vanalism. He dropped out for a few years, then restarted (2009). His choice for his first species to restart with...a pepper.

It could be fun...and not costly if you loose it.

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Post  hoboman Mon Apr 26, 2010 9:10 am

So what should I use to make a small shohin bonsai first?
And how do I get the plant I am using to develop a thick trunk?

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Post  bonsaistud Wed Apr 28, 2010 11:40 pm

Well Hobo...

I have no experience with peppers...beyond cooking and eating them...by the way...I'm having Roasted Red Pepper Tomato soup for dinner tonight! Great stuff!!

Here is a link that has information on Pepper Bonsai...may be of help: http://www.fatalii.net/growing/index.php

Suoprpising sometime what a little Googling will get you...

Good luck with your peppers...

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