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  1. JosephErnest

    What are these little things?

    Hi. Apologies if this is a very dumb question. I've had this Juniper for about a year and a half. I'm a beginner bonsai-er. I've just noticed these little bud/cone things appearing. I tried to google for an answer but can't figure it out. I think it's pretty healthy but... maybe not. Is my tree...
  2. legobonsaipianoman

    Japanese Maple from Wal-Mart Advice Needed

    Hi everyone. I have been into bonsai for about 4 or 5 years now and have been wanting a Japanese Maple for a while. I bought some seedlings a few years ago or so from a garden center for around 2 dollars a piece, but killed them over the winter because I didn't water them. For some reason I...
  3. Kidkidsupreme

    Malus Domestica: Repotting and styling advice

    Hi all, This is my first post here. I managed to buy this Malus Domestica for just €20,- through a Dutch webshop (happy to share a link if it's allowed). As this is my first pre-bonsai to bonsai project, I seek for some advice. Attached you can find two pictures of what I could consider the...
  4. B

    Reviews on Stone Lantern Bonsai Tool Set?

    Hello I was looking to buy my first tool set for bonsai and wanted to know if anyone has experience with Stone Lantern, in particular this tool set: https://stonelantern.com/collections/featured-sale/products/beginners-7-piece-bonsai-aesthetics-tool-set It appears to have all the basic tools...
  5. Storm87

    Deadwood features / rot on the main trunk (advice needed)

    Hi all, Last spring I managed to acquire a nice hedge maple (urban) yamadori. It doing oke, it survived a pretty dry and hot summer here in the Netherlands. The tree has some nice deadwood features on the main trunk, but also quite a deep hole. I would really like some general advice on how...
  6. P

    Not sure what to do for my maple

    Hi everyone! I’m new to bonsai (honestly new to long term plant care in general) and I’m not sure what to do for my maple sapling. My boyfriend gave this one to me at the beginning of August and we potted it in this pot at that time. I’m worried about drainage as I live in the PNW in a North...
  7. DonovanC

    Juniper wiring tips? Guidelines? Rules of thumb? Personal spins?

    I’m pretty much new to wiring junipers... I mean I’ve done it, but I’ve never really known what I’m doing. And I’ve really only started taking the practice more seriously this year. I have a number of cuttings from the last 2 years and a few of them have grown enough to start working on - or at...
  8. T

    Aiming for graceful trident

    Trident maple under my care. Caliper is maybe 1.5-1.75 below soil surface. Nice flare at base especially right side. Nearly inverse taper on left but essentially flat down to the roots. Trying to think about how low to chop and being new to this, when specifically to do so. The most...
  9. Deep Sea Diver

    Lonely Zundert Mugo - Thoughts on design and a couple questions.

    Last Christmas I spotted a lonely Mugo Pine in the 1/2 price nursery section of the locally owned hardware store. It was almost nightfall, but I thought there might be some possibilities in this tree. I knew something was up when the gardener thanked me for buying the tree. It seems it had...
  10. D

    Pseudotsuga menziesii (I think), style suggestions

    I got this Douglas Fir for $20. Its 2.5ft (3ft to apex), In WA state. Any suggestions on styling and care (soil, watering, etc) or advice? Fairly new to the game. This is my first post btw. I know this needs to be outside but there is renovation on patio starting tomorrow and next day, so I had...
  11. O

    Help! Bonsai is dieing :(

    I bought a bonsai for my mom. Lately she has moved its location around I think she may have over watered it once. It is wilting a lot and the leaves are losing their deeper green colouration. Its been with her for about 4 months, but only in the last couple of weeks, has it deteriorated. She...
  12. C

    Guidance for young Chinese Elm

    Hello all, I have brought my little chinese elm bonsai starter through it's first winter in my garage here in Portland Oregon. About a week ago buds began to sprout and I am looking for some guidance from more experienced folks about what I need to do this spring (repotting, trimming...
  13. J

    Got a parrots beak. Looking for recommendations!

    Just got this parrots beak last night wanted to get some recommendations on watering misting and overall condition of the tree wanted to see what some thoughts were of the condition of the tree and recommendations in order to keep it healthy. Sort of new to banzai I wanted to make sure I was...
  14. Jiipsea

    Boxwood Help! Leaves brown/red/yellow

    Hello! My boxwood up until this point was thriving. All of a sudden his leaves started to turn brown/reddish. I noticed today some tips are a little yellow. I moved him out of direct sunlight because it seemed it was a light issue but I was just guessing. Please let me know your thoughts...
  15. F

    Chinese Sweet Plum (Yellow leaves)

    I have a Chinese Sweet Plum that appears to be getting yellow leaves I did have it in another room getting indirect light. see first picture So after some advice I've move it to the kitchen in a window (around 2 weeks ago) that if south facing so as much light as I can. Is this something...
  16. parhamr

    Can My Bonsai Tree Go Indoors? 2019-06-24

    This is an often asked question! I hope this flowchart will help you decide. Constructive feedback is welcomed—I’m not looking to start arguments. My goal is to make this as generally accurate and as broadly applicable to anybody facing this question. Please feel free to distribute and/or...
  17. Colton.Evans

    Western Larch

    I am fairly new to the art of bonsai and was seeking advice as to when to do everything with this Western Larch which was given to me. When should I prune it, should I transplant it into a bonsai pot right now or wait for spring, when should I wire it, what soil mix should I use for it, any...
  18. E

    Can Someone Help My Dying Ficus

    Hello, My Ficus bonsai tree (not sure what exact species) has been on the downward spiral since 5 months ago, when I gave it quite a significant prune. I began to notice it loosing more leaves than usual and no new growth developing, usually the prune would bring on lots of new growth, even at...
  19. Tbwilson33

    Got my first Japanese maple

    As the title says it’s my first I’m pretty excited. Just looking for some in put from the group I guess. I got a couple things I will do to it in the next couple days... like take that big crossing branch in the middle. Do you think that would root from a cutting? Here are the pics ?
  20. BonsaiBay

    Styling Advise on an Unknown Collected Juniper

    First, yes, I know that the foliage isn't good. Please ignore the color for now. I haven't decided what I am going to do about that yet. I collected this Juniper a couple years ago now and have yet to figure out what to do with it. That probably tells me everything I need to know but I'm not...
  21. K

    Is this a decent starting grow light?

    So I’m wanting to get something better than what I have right now, which is a one grow bulb that goes in a normal lamp and some cheap LED grow lights I got on amazon for 20 bucks. I saw this today at Walmart and they are 4’LED lights. Says it’s sunshune spectrum but I was wondering if this...
  22. K

    When to air layer?

    So I have some large pines in my tree as well as what I think is a maple which is right up against the house so it will definitely have to be taken out at some point but I was wondering when should I try to air layer it? I’ve never done it before but figured it would be a good time to try...
  23. K

    Best beginning Bonsai recommendations

    Hey guys...so to preface...I suck at bonsai lol...trying my hand at it again and was wondering who has some good recommendations for a good beginning bonsai, one that won’t die too easily if I mess up. I currently have a basic little juniper ( you know those cheap ones at the store, my wife...
  24. A

    Fukien tea bonsai tree questions

    hello everyone. First time posting so please be gentle. I got a couple of questions about my tree. It lost all its leaves and was not doing well until I asked a local pro for help and he adviced that I change the soil to the mix below and fertilizer that had even parts (below as well) It is...
  25. Elisa

    Starting from scratch

    Hi all, I've been wanting to start growing bonsai forever, and I think I'll finally be ready to do so this fall. I've done a fair bit of reading, and I'm receiving a lot of contrasting opinions - so thought I would try and collect some ideas. I'm based in the UK, so would preferably start on...
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