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Training a Seedling (from large Japanese maple) To Bonsai


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2007 2:54 pm    Post subject: Training a Seedling (from large Japanese maple) To Bonsai Reply with quote

Marcus, you seem to be our 'online bonsai expert' so turning to you for advice. From my large Japanese maple (can be partly seen in my outdoor plant album), I get many seedlings that germinate in my lawn each spring. I'd like to replant some instead of weeding all out & turn these into bonsai. Applause

Could you please give me some simple steps to follow or a couple of good websites that show how. I think starting with new seedlings, it would be easier than a larger tree.

Can hazelnut (filbert, Corylus avellana) seedlings be made bonasi too? The squirrels & jays plant many others for me. In a large park nearby, there are also lots of horse chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum) seedlings coming up each spring. How about them too? And of course, I can't forget about the numerous Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menzesii) seedlings. It's a pity to pull them up but all these seedlings come up thick like weeds around here. Living in a forested area & with many large ornamental trees around too, there's no lack of seedlings available for free.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2007 5:27 am    Post subject: Re: Training a Seedling (from large Japanese maple) To Bonsai Reply with quote

hi isomorphix...

i think that growing bonsai from seed is the hardiest method, because you need a lot of time (10-50 years) until your tree can be considered as true bonsai...

is much easier to try replanting trees from nature which look like bonsai...try searching yamadori on google

I have planted some Acer palmatum seeds which i plat to grow them like bonsai..i have done that because here in Macedonia is rare tree and young trees are very expensive....horse chestnut is not suitable for bonsai becouse i has very large leafes..
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2007 1:31 am    Post subject: Re: Training a Seedling (from large Japanese maple) To Bonsa Reply with quote

Hi Isomorphix Smile

Growing trees or shrubs from seed will give you many seedlings, but needs much time and space. You are not "growing bonsai", only cultivating material that may, after servera years, be suitable for training into bonsai..

Acer palmatum you must growing from seeds because you can't find in wild.

Branches on your seedlings you have to little trim every spring .. and once in 2 years you have to trim roots..
You will get bonsai in a 3-4 years .. and then you can put in a bonsai pot.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2007 8:45 pm    Post subject: Re: Training a Seedling (from large Japanese maple) To Bonsa Reply with quote

Thank you, Kuchlar & Marcus for your help. I did google yamadori & found some good sites with information. I'm quite willing to be patient & wait a number of years. The nice thing about doing this is the small tree will still be a thing of beauty even if it's not a true bonsai for a long time. And the process itself is pleasant. I'm not an impatient sort except in some ways. Never with plants or growing things. Smile

We own a reasonably large yard so placing small trees in pots & putting them to one side where I will still notice them will be fine. I have an area that I put my pots where I'm rooting woody cuttings that has shelter, sun/shade & a ready source of water. It will be perfect for attempting bonsai. I don't expect to become good at it but will find satisfaction just making small potted trees that look nice to me.

I was a few miles out of our town in the more wooded areas & was surprised at the huge numbers of small trees, waist high & less, along the road side. I will return later to dig up a few specimens. Here, it's not illegal to do so as there's so many around & every few years, the road maintenance crews mow down vegetation along the roads to stop it from encroaching too far.

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