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    Nursery Maple Styling Recommendations

    Just picked up this guy for $30 at local nursery. I had a hard time not getting about 5 maples with them being 25% off, but they're getting a bunch of new ones next week, so I'm going to wait till then and probably get more. Anyway, I was trying to get some recommendations on styling. He's...
  2. A

    First Bonsai

    First post, figured this place would be a valuable resource to learn and grow as I take on the hobby. I love forums as they always provide so much information and support. I've always been fascinated by plants and have always loved carrying for them. My mother-in-law was a HUGE green thumb, I...
  3. 1John 3:16

    In the beginning...

    Hello all! This is my 3rd attempt at bonsai, unforseen circumstances didn't allow for a bonsai garden. Now, I have 1 Carolina Cypress, 1 Japanese Red Maple and some Lemon and Apple tree seeds, some already in a pot others germinating. I do understand the Carolina Cypress isn't one that is...
  4. Moxie

    Bougainvillea Bonsai: Help Needed

    Hello, I am trying to figure out what's wrong with my bougainvillea bonsai tree:/ I am new to this and any help would be greatly appreciated. The leaves are turning yellow, curling up, and dropping - the plant looks almost bald on one side😭 is it getting too much or not enough water? I...
  5. K

    Help please...

    Hello... I got this beautiful Bonsai tree in November last year as a gift. I’m in NY and temperatures are crazy freezing out here. I took out my beautiful tree which was super healthy and green. Unfortunately temperatures dropped below 0 degrees F and I completely forgot to bring my tree...
  6. cmsheehan

    Newly collected Yamadori Pine

    Hello everyone! Thanks so much for accepting me to the team... I mean group;) So I recently collected this beautiful pine from Massachusetts, right near the ocean. I believe it’s either a Scott’s Pine or Pitch Pine, possibly a Japanese Black Pine. I successfully transferred her into a new pot...
  7. Ujjawal Roy

    Bonsai substrate mix for dry climates.

    Greeting, everyone! I'll soon be shifting to a city that falls under USDA zone 12-13, the temps can go as high as 43°c in the summer months and the climate of the place is quite dry as it is away from the shoreline. My new house has a balcony which will receive morning sunlight till around 12...
  8. Ujjawal Roy

    General Bonsai soil discussion

    Hello guys, just wanted to share a thought with you about bonsai soils. I'm a self taught "trying to be" a bonsai artist, so, please forgive my lack of knowledge. I consider Mr. Nigel Saunders from The Bonsai Zone youtube channel as my online guru and have learned a lot from watching his videos...
  9. Njyamadori

    Maple Bonsai Critique

    I recently just made a maple forest and would like to see a lot of critiques on this ! Please critique this maple forest so I can learn from them !
  10. M

    HELP!!! SATSUKI BONSAI DYING :((

    I am new to growing satsuki bonsai, id appreciate knowledge and teaching but please no disrespecting in the thread. I got satsuki starters and got excited and bought a medium sized satsuki to and grow. I repotted the medium satsuki and the next two days it started wilting and the leaves...
  11. JLee9706

    Over or under watering...?

    So I think one of the recent heat waves (113-117*) and smoke in the air (El Dorado Fire) had me over watering for a while. But now I can’t tell if I am i over watering or this is from previous under water from the sudden heat. This is happening to two of four of my junipers. One that is not...
  12. S

    What bonsai soil mix to use and of what grain size?

    I’m new to bonsai and have heard that having a good granular water retaining draining soil for bonsai is almost essential. I currently have an orange jessamine and a Chinese juniper and am planing to grow more plants of the latter and also a few ficuses. The only available soils/mediums...
  13. JLee9706

    Soil for Juniper in Southern California

    Hello, I am new to bonsai and have recently acquired some new junipers from a general nursery nearby. They are about 2-3ft tall and in the pots they came, which has some general potting soil. I know they weren't bought at a bonsai nursery, but can they be good candidates? If so, should I...
  14. D

    Birds Nest Spruce troubleshooting

    Hey all So I was interested in some thoughts re my Birds Nest spruce bonsai. I bought this tree about 1.5 yrs ago in the PNW, it's been in Southern CA since that time. Last year the tree did really well until this spring when the needles tended to get brownish spots, which subsequently seemed...
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    HELP JUNIPER B

    I need advice is he dead? If so how can I save him !
  16. Jhervi

    (New Bonsai'er) Need care advice for a trident Maple and Juniper Bonsai

    Hi yall, I am brand new to the world of Bonsai. I have always been very fascinated with the art of bonsai and am excited to start learning and caring for these trees. I was hoping to get some advice on care for two bonsai trees I recieved as a gift from my girlfriend. I live in zone 9b of...
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    What type of bonsai tree is this

    Hi all, Recently i bought bonsai tree but i have no clue what type of bonsai it is... but for me it looks like leafs are falling not looking good.. I keep it inside, watering in small amount every day but water is going quick through the wholes.. Do I need to buy bigger pot or something or...
  18. L

    Azalea dying??? Winter Australia

    Hi everyone, I am new to bonsais and was gifted a Satsuki Azalea bonsai on Valentines Day. The tree is a cutting and I have had it for about 4 months. It is currently winter in Australia and I am not sure if my tree is dead or not. The leaves have started to go brown and the stems are dry and...
  19. 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...
  20. L

    Juniper dying! Help

    So I bought this juniper about a month ago and I attempted my first wiring on a bonsai. I accidentally completely cracked the trunk and it split off. I did a completely horrible job, and other parts of the tree have turned purple, and now crispy and brown. I sealed the breaks with wood glue, as...
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    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...
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    Port Jackson fig needs attention

    Hi all, I have a port Jackson fig that was left on its own for a few years, it was even chewed on by a previous owners dog ( the actual root) . About a month ago I started to feed it and have attempted to bring it back to life, I repotted it and have watered it once a day. I have attached some...
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    I bought my first bonsai tree

    After reading and watching a lot of videos for a few months, I bought my first bonsai, a chinese elm. I have it for about two weeks and it's doing good inside for now, as i bought it in the winter time i didn't want to move it outside this season. The tree seems pretty healthy, it has leafs on...
  24. Fl_bonsai

    Ilex schillings? Yamadori

    This is my first time / post on here so bare with me lol . I have collected this witch I believe to be a ilex schillings “vomitoria” . Now my question is how hard can I cut it back to make it manageable ? Can I take basically all the foliage off? As the way it’s grown I feel windswept would be...
  25. Biophilumia

    Saving 3 Boxwoods (eventually, hopefully for bonsai?)

    Location: Central Pennsylvania I should start by saying I'm completely new to bonsai... so, there was a small boxwood shrub in my grandparents garden, and I've been REALLY wanting to get into bonsai for like, years now, and I overheard the gardener talking about how the other small boxwoods...
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