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    Honeysuckle collected from yard. Which buds to keep or destroy?

    I recently collected this Amur honeysuckle from my yard. It was about 5 feet tall. I chopped the main trunk down quite a bit. After two weeks it is aggressively budding. I pinched most of the buds that I know are in terrible spots. Which of the rest of these buds should I keep? What do you guys...
  2. P

    Help with propagating bushes and root suckers

    Hello, so I've scouted for good plants to propagate and I seem to have found a juniper and a rosemary. Attached are the places I'm considering air layering, do they seem alright? On another note, I've found a lot of alright looking olives but the issue is they are all growing from an existing...
  3. P

    Getting first bonsai/yamadori and general questions

    So I've been interested in bonsai for a while and got a seed kit as a gift. As I imagine you all know, it's slow and inconsistent way. As such I've decided to obtain a grown tree. I have a family member with a farm house and there's a few species there that might work so I'm looking for advice...
  4. B

    Serissa Indoors with grow lights?

    First Bonsai here! Just wanted to know the feasibility of growing specifically a serissa indoors? I got this plant blind and didn’t realise how finicky it is, so right now I’m trying to master keeping it happy and healthy that before going into bonsai techniques. I’ve seen recommendations for...
  5. 80615

    Birch - pruning dead branches immediately after collecting?

    Hi, just this week I collected a birch tree from the wild and placed it in a wooden box. I kept the rootball moist and placed it in a mix that is mostly made up of pumice with 15% bark. Due to my current living situation it only gets a around 4 hours of direct sunlight in the afternoon, but this...
  6. dillowDrowned

    Beginner NJ Native Bonsai

    Hello ! Very glad to have found this community, I have been doing a lot of research in my spare time, and I am right on the verge of buying my first tree. I just have a simple question: Are there any native NJ trees or bushes that are friendly for beginners? I have a few on my radar, but there...
  7. raenstorming

    I could really use some styling advice for my Juniper procumbens 'Nana' cascade to-be.

    First off, I’m sorry these photos suck. I hope they’re okay enough to be useful. There’s an interesting branch (top of the trunk’s curve) that I plan on making the apex; I have it wired upwards into an S-shape already. Besides that, I’m stumped with what to do with the upper half of the tree’s...
  8. B

    How can I preserve this nebari while growing out this juniper?

    Hi guys, I just planted this juniper in a larger pot (not pictured). How can I preserve the nebari while I grow it out? Do I need to wire the roots in some way? Thanks!
  9. B

    How is taper achieved with upright conifers?

    Hey guys, I’m a little confused on how taper is achieved with formal upright conifers like an incense cedar. If I grow it out in the ground and then chop the main trunk and wait for a new leader to form, wouldn’t that leader come out off to the side so it wouldn’t look formal upright anymore...
  10. C

    I'm nervous, but excited!

    I just purchased this trident maple. It will be my best tree yet. I'm super excited to get this and get it potted up. I don't have it yet, but I should get it next week. I have a 21" x 21" wooden box with holes and such that I made that I'll put it in. I'm just a little nervous about getting it...
  11. dr.tenebris

    Cherry cuttings

    Got a few branches (not truly a few) from a cherry orchards late winter pruning! And if these all root I'm sooo screwed 🤣 I've arranged to have around 7 of them planted.. I don't think they'll all be successful but if they are I have quite a swarm of plants to work with. Might do a clump...
  12. jbhampton31

    Large Tridents Please Help!

    I am a beginning my 2nd yr in bonsai. I purchased these trident maples from a widow of a club member who has passed. I got these trees late last spring and I am looking for help on how best to get these trees back on a path towards becoming bonsai. Trident #1 has 3 trunks and a big calloused...
  13. B

    Second attempt on nursery juniper

    Hey guys! Here’s my second attempt on pruning / styling a nursery stock juniper. Looking for some feedback and what you guys think.
  14. B

    How should I take care of my Chienese elm

    Hello guys, I recently got a chienese elm tree for my birthday (Jan 22nd). ( I live in central europe). I watered it as my friend who gave it to me suggested. He said this tree is decidious and I shouldn't be surprised if it doesn't grow that much. As you can see it grew a little bit 😄😄 I think...
  15. B

    Styling my first juniper nursery stock, need advice!

     Hey guys, just chopped up my first nursery stock juniper. I can’t decide what to do next. I’m open to informal upright or semi cascade, whichever makes the most sense with what the current structure wants to do. I can’t decide which will be the new leader. I was thinking about cutting off...
  16. czaczaja

    Czaczaja's 2023-2026 Little Christmas Tree Entry

    Went over to a couple of hardware stores at lunch to do my final sale hunt. Got 5 trees (Pinus sylvestris?) and settled on the one below. I see some people submitting a couple of trees and deciding to pick the winner later? Can you confirm if that's ok @Eckhoffw ? I was planning on doing some...
  17. Apex37

    The Benefits for a Beginner Taking a Workshop?

    I still consider myself very new to bonsai, but going into my 3rd year in this hobby, I’m finding more of a desire to want to do a workshop having never done one before. My biggest hesitation? Cost. You look at most seminars, it usually costs around $150 for a single day at a seminar, $300-$350...
  18. Myrki

    New here. Ideas for this bonsai?

    Hello everyone. First post here. I got this juniper (not sure if Chinese, Japanese, etc), and I wired it as seen, kind of just going for something unique, not totally certain on eventual style. Anyway, I have done some light pruning/trimming on foliage which has 5+ tips growing out. Outside...
  19. A

    Need guidance - dormancy indoors (several species)

    Hello, I’ve decided to buy a ts1000 and I’m planning to build a little 60x60cm (24x24”) box with mylar, pc fans and a humidifier alongside the grow light. Prerequisite: Sweden, usda zone 7a (dark and cold October-mars), no access to garage or other area which is colder than 22c+ except for...
  20. R

    Top 5 Conifers That Aren’t Junipers

    Every list I see of beginner species includes types of juniper, and although they are great, I’m curious as to what people think of other conifers. In your opinion, what are the top 5 easiest conifer species that aren’t junipers?
  21. Roho1187

    New Chinese Juniper

    Hey Guys, Earlier this summer, I found this daubs frosted juniper in a corner at a local nursery and got it for half off. The only thing I’ve really done done is cut the dead stuff off and try nursing it back to health. I’m just going to let it be until next year. What direction do you think I...
  22. mopifish

    Creeping Juniper - First Bonsai Progression

    HI everyone! I just got my first bonsai today (a creeping juniper from my local nursery), and with some wonderful advice from @pandacular pruned it into a shape. Since this is my first ever Bonsai, I thought it'd be fun to start a progression thread This was the initial Juniper, which I had...
  23. M

    Mail-order Tree Aftercare

    Hey all, I received a few new elms in the mail and I was unsure what the suggested care for them immediately after receiving them was. I read that fertilizing should be kept off for a few weeks but couldn't really find any solid information about whether or not to protect them from the wind or...
  24. M

    Chinese Elm has buds but no leaves

    Hey all, I had my first attempt at overwintering a chinese elm "outdoors" (just not in a heated house) in an unheated garage. This spring, it seemed to wake up somewhat and has buds on many branches but still no leaves as of yet. I fear that it may be dead. Does anyone else have any rough idea...
  25. Annath

    Beginner here! Advice welcome!

    Hello! I purchased some Yoshino Cherry Tree Seeds (I couldn't afford a sapling), with the intent of attempting to get at least one to grow to try making a Bonsai tree. I've never done this before, so I was wondering if there is anything specific to these plants/my situation I should know. I...
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